Seoul Tower December 3, 2014 Fabiano Maciel Business Travel, Experiences, Leisure Travel, Towers, Worth a Thousand Words Welcome to Wednesdays in December’s series: Towers around the world. In this series, I will post pictures of towers I have visited during some of my trips. These are great options to visit during your business trip, as they usually do not require a lot of time for the visit. You can even visit some of them in the evening, right after dinner and before diving into your ocean of emails. Today’s choice is: Seoul Tower. I was in Seoul for the first time this past November. I stayed there for a total of 9 days, but did not have too much time to explore the city, as I attended a fair over the weekend and had several meetings during the week. A friend of mine and I decided to check out the Seoul Tower one evening. We met at around 7pm on a Wednesday for a quick dinner and headed to the Tower. Seoul Tower – A view from down below. Operation times: The observatory is open 365 days a year, from 10am to 11pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, it closes at 12am. Visitors are allowed to enter up to 30 minutes before closing time. Lights and Trees around Seoul Tower – pathway to main entrance. Admission: KRW 9,000*. View from up Seoul Tower – lights brighten the night in the city. How to get there: – By Bus: there are three shuttle buses (#2, #3 and #5) serving the tower. You can board one them at different subway stations. The cost for the trip is KRW 950* (one-way). Only cash is accepted. Please, click here to find out the shuttle bus numbers and stations. – By Cable Car: adult return tickets are KRW 8,500*. To board the cable car you can walk from Myeong-dong Station (Line 4) or take a taxi. Visit Namsan Cablecar’s website for more information. – By Seoul City Tour Bus: a good option for sightseeing if you have a day off. Find more information here. – By Taxi: cars (including taxis) are not allowed to enter the Namsam Mountain, where the tower is located. They can only take you to the main gate at the base of the mountain. You need to take the Shuttle Bus or walk up to the tower entrance. I do not believe this is a viable option, unless if you take a taxi from your hotel to one of the subway stations served by the shuttle buses. Outside the Tower – surrounding the main entrance. One important tip: before heading to the tower, make sure to check their website and confirm the tower’s hours of operation, as well as bus schedules and routes. Schedules can change depending on weather conditions. Hope you enjoy your visit as much as I could enjoy mine. Safe travels! * Fees indicated are dated from November 2014 and may change.