N Seoul Tower, considered as being one of the symbols of Seoul along with Namsan Park, is loved by many citizens for being a tourist attraction and a resting place. Namsan Park, which was constructed with Namsan Mountain as the center, is the largest park in Seoul. The park is divided into Jangchung District, Yejang District, Hoehyeon District, and Hannam District. The park features trails, outdoor stages, N Seoul Tower, and other various facilities to enable restful and cultural activities of Seoul citizens.
Since Hanyang, present-day Seoul, was designated as the capital of Korea in 1932, Namsan Mountain has been cherished by our ancestors because of its beautiful landscapes. However, it also witnessed a painful history of Korea. The office of the Japanese Resident-General of Korea where the Korea-Japan Annexation Treaty was made was situated on Namsan Mountain and Joseon Shrine was here as well. In addition, Namsan Mountain had to endure all the difficulties that Joseon went through. It became a place of conflict after the liberation of Korea and a place of fear during the military regime. Although Namsan Mountain looked on as Korea went through a painful history, it is now sharing happiness with Seoul citizens.
Namsan Park is open to everyone, and easy to access. You may use a bicycle, bus, or cable car, or follow the trails to reach the top. Even though it is a mountain, the trails allow you to take a light walk, instead of hiking.
Namsan Park that witnessed a long history of Seoul is home to the recreational interests of numerous citizens. The Seoul City Wall starts from the back street of Jangchung Gymnasium and numerous statues and monuments, including Baekbeom Plaza and the Statue of Ahn Jung-geun, can be found standing here. Among the beauty of Namsan Mountain, our ancestors enjoyed nature and arts. Namsangol Hanok Village, one of the must-see attractions for Korean and foreign tourists, was restored at the northern foot of Namsan Mountain. In Namsangol Hanok Village, you can peacefully enjoy beautiful nature just like how our ancestors enjoyed nature and arts.
You will feel the exhilarating atmosphere from being on the top of Namsan Mountain. Some people enjoy a picnic while eating a packed lunch and some couples pledge their love for each other by affixing a padlock on the roof terrace of N Seoul Tower. In N Seoul Tower, you can see the central point of Seoul and enjoy the wide panorama of the city.
On N Seoul Tower Observatory, which is the highest point of Namsan Mountain, You can enjoy a beautiful 360-degree view of Seoul both during the day and at night. Enjoying a cup of coffee with a clear view will leave you with a special experience. In the observatory, many foreign tourists could be seen writing postcards to send to their friends or families.
Namsan Mountain is home to various beacons. Smoke signals are a form of long-distance communication in case of emergencies. In the past, Namsan Beacons were the final destination of the chain of lights emanating from nationwide beacons. Although long-distance communication for emergencies is no longer required, Namsan Beacons still communicate information to citizens using different colors of lighting. Using blue, green, yellow, and red colors, Namsan Beacons announce a level of air pollution and sometimes deliver a message in special cases. When the Paris terrorism attacks broke out on November 2, 2015, they turned into blue, white, and red lights, symbolizing the French flag, in honor of the victims. In addition, the lights turn to red on World Blood Donor Day every year. The top of Namsan Park, which is the highest point of Seoul, showcases meaningful glimmers of light for Seoul citizens.