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Namsan Park, Seoul

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Enjoy some fresh air at the mountaintop Namsan Park, one of the city's most popular areas for strolling, picnicking, and relaxing. Make your way up to the top of the 262 m (860 ft) peak via cable car to take in sweeping views over the capital's urban sprawl. Go for a leisurely wander around the network of walking paths crisscrossing the park and meandering through the area's wooded landscape. You'll find sport facilities for badminton, tennis, swimming, baseball, and more around the park, as well as a botanical garden, library, and cultural center. Put Namsan Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Seoul trip planning site .
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  • Tbis is a ride that ypu want to do in a clear day. Because Seoul can get foggy some times. So be sure to check the weather.  more »
  • The second time we came to Nanshan Park, the last time it was a summer night, I could see the night view of Seoul and the Nanshan Tower, which had a light in the evening.
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  • Very good location to get a feel for how expansive Seoul is. When we visited the air pollution was extreme, so could not see much of the city. However, when at street level the pollution was not parti...  more »
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  • After a few days in Seoul we felt like some walk and this park was more or less just behind our Hotel (Pacific). A short walk brought us to the cable car station. A one-way ticket cost just 6000 won (two-way 8000). The plan was to have a stroll around on top and walk back down to the city. There was quite a line. It was always moving, but still took a bit more than an hour to get us into the actual cable car. The ride up is a matter of only a few minutes....in a very very packed cable car. The top was a lot busier than expected. And had lots of shops and even more restaurants, really didn't see that coming. The first thing that catches you eye surely is the Seoul Tower. But the views of the city are already quite nice from the several platforms, so we didn't go up the tower (and avoided wasting more time standing in another line). Like I said, there are several platforms offering really nice city views. You can see quite far. Then there's the wall with the love locks. You can purchase some locks if you are interested in doing so. We didn't ... too old for this kinda thing :) There are at least two restaurants with great city views. One is a beer / fast food place, which looked fun, but all tables were taken. The other one (indoors, but with huge windows) still had tables....but menus that cost way too much (50'000 won and up). So we just enjoyed the views without some food or drinks. We were also lucky to catch a free show.... some warriors doing weapons-training. Quite impressive! After an hour or so we started walking down. It's a pretty easy walk and there are several roads and trails leading back to the city. We took the one that ends around the public library at the bottom with the city walls. An very lovely walk, pretty easy with a nice little park (Baekbeom Square Park) at the end. From there it's not far to the Namdaemun Market, where we did some (more) shopping. Walk along the city wall, a nice thing to do. All in all a good way to spend a few hours. If you have time on your hands, surely a thing that you shouldn't miss. Get some views, get some air...have a walk.
  • The real beauty of Namsan is away from N Seoul Tower. There are gyms, ponds, open-air arboretum, tails, etc.
  • I love this place very much. ..
  • Great park for jogging. Free drinkable water and lots of uncrowded spots to be found.
  • Beautiful fall foliage, really enjoyed the walk through the park

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