Namsan Tower

Namsan Tower, more commonly known as Seoul tower, is one of the most blatant over the top rip-offs I’ve found in Korea. We went there on a Saturday night. It was balls hot, so we took the cable car up to the tower entrance in Namsan Park; 7000 KRW for a two-way ticket. It seemed half the city had the same inclination, so we had to sweat it out in line for about 20 minutes. The other half of the city, it seemed, was waiting in line to ride the elevator up 200 meters to the tower observatory. We took our place at the back of the line, which cost an additional 8000 KRW. Waiting in line for another 30 minutes or so, we finally got to the top of the tower, and the view was hazy. BUT, it was an interesting experience nevertheless. Getting back down from the observatory was a kick to the mettle if there ever was one. The line for the down elevator stretched completely around the observatory deck… twice. We were lucky to make it back down in time for the last cable car. Had we missed that, sparks really would have flown. Bottom line, approach this hot spot of tourism with caution.

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