Namsan (Seoul)

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Hanja 南山
Revised Romanization Namsan
McCune–Reischauer Namsan
Seoul at dusk as viewed from Namsan Park

Namsan Mountain or Mount Namsan (lit. "Front(Not a 'South') Mountain") is a 262 metres (860 ft) peak in the Jung-gu district of south central Seoul, South Korea. Although known as Mount Mongmyeoksan, or 목멱산, in the past, it is now commonly referred to as Mt. Namsan. It offers some hiking, recreation and views of downtown Seoul's skyline. The N Seoul Tower is located on top of Mt. Namsan.

The mountain and surrounding area is the Namsan Park, a public park maintained by the city government. It is a popular spot for a panoramic view of Seoul. It is also the location of a smoke signal station called Mongmyeoksan Bongsudae' (Mongmyeoksan Beacon Tower, Hangul: 목멱산 봉수대), which was part of an emergency communication system during early times until 1985. From 1925 to 1945 the Shinto shrine known as Chōsen Jingū was situated on Mt. Namsan.[1]

In 2011 in a survey conducted, by Seoul Development Institute, which included 800 residents and 103 urban planners and architects. It ranked Mt. Namsan as the most scenic location in Seoul with 62.8 percent by residents and 70.9 percent by experts.[2]

The park and the fountain was used as the filming location for Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)'s drama Lovers in Paris.[3]

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • N Seoul Tower (Ntower): Mt. Namsan showing a different appearance and newly felt in every season keeps the beauty of unique natural environment. Ntower's height reached 480 metres above sea level, and it is towering over the 90 square metres of spacious Mt. Namsan So, on the Ntower you can see the foreground of Mt. Namsan and Seoul at a glance.
  • N Seoul Tower observation deck: N Seoul Tower has an observation deck which took padlocks of love. Many couples who visit here plight their love for each other while locking padlock on the rail with a short message. And they wish their love is truly everlasting.
  • Namsan Hanok Village [남산 한옥 마을]: In 1990, for the first time, it was promoted as part of the business to seek its own image. Seoul restored 24,180 acres of terrain damaged for a long time and decorating traditional garden, relocated and restored five Seoul Folk Source Hanok buildings.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wakabayashi, Ippei. "Ahn Jung-geun and the Cultural Public Sphere" (PDF). Bunkyo University. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mt. Nam Picked as Seoul's No. 1 Scenic Attraction". Chosun Ilbo. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Korean TV Drama: Lovers in Paris". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 

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Coordinates: 37°32′59″N 126°59′31″E / 37.54972°N 126.99194°E / 37.54972; 126.99194