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Seoul, South Korea

Hike from Itaewon to N. Seoul Tower

4 Miles Total - 650 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Local Nomads

After a relatively easy hike along beautiful walking trails and through botanical gardens, take the elevator to the top of N. Seoul Tower for 360 degree views of the city.

Like skinning a cat, there are many ways to get to the tower at the top of Namsan. Seoul's most iconic mountain, highlighted by N Seoul Tower is visible from almost anywhere in the city and can be reached by following any of the well marked trails through Namsan Park. 

Starting in the heavily foreigner populated, Itaewon Dong, at the Noksapyeong metro station exit #2, walk straight up Noksapyeon-daero towards the visible Namsan and N. Seoul Tower. For a longer hike, and a walk through the botanical gardens, veer right, directly onto Hoenamu-ro or detour through the many connected alleyways past Korean restaurants, food stalls, vegetable stands, and tiny bars. Make your way up the hill towards Namsan Park. 

At the top of the hill you can either choose to enter the park immediately, or you can grab the 402 bus and ride for 3 stops to the Huam Mineral Spring trailhead for a more direct route to the top.

Once inside the park, wander through the botanical gardens enjoying the wildflowers, moths, and colorful butterflies along the way. You might also find some public exercise equipment along the way. This is a popular area for locals and tourists alike so it may be busy. If you get tired, find a quiet place take a rest on the grass or join the many Ajumma resting in the gazebo type relaxation structures built throughout the park. 

Although there are many trails that zigzag across the mountain, if you follow signs for N Seoul Tower, you'll find your way quite easily. Don't be afraid to veer off course briefly to take in some of the natural beauty in this park.

At the top you will be faced with the decision of enjoying the view from 200m above the city, or pay to take the elevator another 138.7m up to the observatory, where you can capture some amazing 360 degree panoramic views of Seoul by day or night. If you're trying to woo that special someone, you can bring a "love lock" to add to the giant collection or you can spend some extra dough on a romantic dinner in the revolving restaurant 133m up.

After taking in the sights, you can enjoy a burger or some overpriced Korean food at the base of the tower. Finally, either hike back down to Itaewon and cool off with a few craft beers in one of the many foreigner bars; or take the scenic cable car to the base of Namsan towards the busy Myeongdong shopping district.

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