This is a continuation of my Seoul trip photos. This part is all about the tallest point in Seoul – the YTN Seoul Tower, popularly known as the Namsan Tower. It is a dating spot commonly seen in Korean dramas where the characters hang a “lock of love” on a chain fence by the tower’s base.
Did you know that they remove some locks to make room for new ones? Of course, they retain some rusty locks to give it character. Unbelievably, some couples are getting more creative or should I say resourceful for this tradition. Love Cellphone Cases anyone? I tried to find the Tiffany x Tom Hiddleston lock to no avail. Perhaps the fans beat me to it or they actually removed it after the shoot?
More than just being a 360-degree observation deck for Seoul’s skyline, it actually holds the transmission antennas for different TV and radio stations. There are also plenty of attractions at the base of the tower such as traditional performances by the pavilion, a gift shop, a cafe, and the weekend arts & crafts market.
A uniquely cute history of Korea is also presented at the Teddy Bear Museum on the lower ground level. The admission fee into the museum is separate from the observation deck but you can avail of a combination ticket should you wish to see both.
We went here on two separate occasions – day and night. We were supposed to stay here for 1 hour from sunset till the evening (you can stay as long as you want, btw). But we got lost and and came a bit late and forgot to bring the tripod so we returned on weekend morning to take better photos.
- Bring a tripod especially when shooting at night.
- Bring a polarizing filter and/or your lens hood if you’re shooting at night from the observation deck – the lights from the in-house candy store reflects on the glass too much.
- If on a budget, there is no dire need to go up the observation deck. The entire N Seoul Tower is situated high on Namsan Mountain enough for you to see a good stretch of Seoul’s horizon even if you’ll just stay at the roof deck where the locks of love are located.