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63 Square, Seoul's Classic Landmark

      Holding the title of Korea’s tallest building for almost two decades and boasting a distinct glistening, golden exterior, the 63 Square remains one of Seoul’s most iconic landmarks. In contrast to the busy Namsan Tower and Seoul Sky, the 63 Square's Art Observatory offers visitors a more relaxing and uncongested viewing experience of Seoul particularly, the Han River which it overlooks. How to Get to 63 Square There are various ways to get to 63 Square using the Seoul Metro.     Daebang Station Shuttle Bus 9:00am~10:15pm  Take Metro Line 1 to Daebang station and get out Exit 6. Take the free shuttle bus to 63 square which you can board 40 m from the exit. Sategang Station 9:00am~10:15pm Take Metro Line 9 to Sategang Station and get out Exit 1. Take the free shuttle bus 10 m from the exit towards Yeoeuido Station. Yeoinaru Station 9:00am~10:15pm Take Metro Line 5 to Yeoinaru Station and get out Exit 4. Take the free shuttle bus to 63 square which you can board 80 m from the exit not far from MBC.  Yeouido Station 9:00am~10:15pm Take Metro Line 5 or 9 to Yeouido Station and get out Exit 5. Take the free shuttle bus to 63 square which you can board in front of St. Mary’s Hospital.  Noryangjin station Take Metro Line 1 to Noryangjin station and get out Exit 1 and walk in the direction of 63 Square.      Buying/Redeeming your Ticket   Once you enter the ground floor of 63 Square, walk over to the ticket office where you can purchase tickets. If you pre-ordered your ticket, show your voucher or QR code to the staff to redeem it for a paper ticket.   To avoid waiting in long ticket lines, we recommend that you buy tickets online beforehand!     Observation Deck and Art Gallery The viewing experience already begins once you enter the elevator to go up to the 60th floor of the building where the observatory is located. The walls of the elevators are made of transparent glass which will allow you to view the Han river and city while ascending up to the observatory The observation deck itself offers impressive views of the Han River, Seoul skyline, and mountains in the background from a height of nearly 270 meters above land. You can pay 500 won to use binoculars that allow a closer glimpse of the city. Tip! Visit the observatory on early morning weekdays to avoid crowds or in the evening to watch the sunset and illuminated of the city at night.               The Art Observatory houses a small collection of artwork from Korean and international artists. It is the highest gallery in the world and holds numerous exhibitions throughout the year which change every three months. The 63 Square Art Gallery aims to contribute toward the development of the domestic art scene by showcasing and introducing the artwork of local talent to the general public.   The artworks is creative but easy to interpret so even children can appreciate it!              The building also has several restaurants, cafes, and shopping amenities in its lower and upper floors. The fine-dining restaurants occupying the 57th to 59th floors boast not only beautiful panoramic views of Seoul but also high-end gourmet food and extensive wine collections to enjoy.             Aquaplanet 63 63 Square also houses Aquaplanet 63 in its basement floor. A must-visit aquarium that occupies nearly 6,000 square meters of space and welcomes over 1 million visitors annually with over 400 different species of sea creatures. The aquarium runs an exciting line-up of aqua programs to watch including a mermaid show, otter show, and string-ray feeding time, just to name a few.               The mermaid show is a big hit with kids (and adults too)!           Yeouido Harbor and Han River    After exploring everything that 63 Square has to offer, you can enjoy the urban scenery along the Han River and Yeouido Island by walking over to the Yeouido Harbor and hopping on a Han River Ferry Cruise. Aboard the E-Land Han River Cruise, you can not only enjoy views of Seoul's most famous attractions by day or night, but also be entertained by fun events and activities, such as a fireworks show, lunch buffet, dinner buffet, live music, and more!            

Apr 16, 2019
by WorknPlay
Namsan Seoul Tower, Putting Seoul into Perspective

      As Seoul’s most iconic landmark, the Namsan Seoul Tower has a wide assortment of attractions and experiences to be enjoyed. Originally opened as Korea’s first general radio wave tower in 1969, the N Seoul Tower was renovated and re-opened in 1980 as a vantage point for locals to visit and get a birds-eye view of Seoul. From the observatory decks, you can enjoy daytime and nighttime views of Seoul from all directions. With indoor and outdoor observatory decks, special photo zones, a hanbok experience culture center, Hello Kitty character exhibition, local 360° VR experience, and high-caliber restaurants, the Namsan Seoul Tower and surrounding Namsan mountain park not only offer us a great view of the city but also an all-inclusive cultural and entertainment complex for everybody to enjoy.   How to Get There? Located in the center of the city, just north of the Han River, Namsan Seoul Tower can be reached by a variety of ways.         Option 1: Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus First, if traveling by Seoul Metro, you can board a free shuttle bus that circles through Namsan Park to get to the base of Namsan tower from shuttle stops located outside various subway stations within the city. The bus fare is 1,200 won (cash) /1,100 won (T-Money card).     Namsan Sunhwan Bus No. 2: 7:00 am~11:30 pm, every 15 mins Chungmuro Station (Metro Lines 3 & 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) Dongguk University Station (Metro Line 3), Exit 6 Namsan Sunhwan Bus No. 3: 7:30 am~11:30 pm, every 20 mins Seoul Station (Metro Lines 1 & 4), Exit 9 Itaewon Station (Metro Line 6), Exit 4 Hangangjin Station (Metro Line 6), Exit 2 Namsan Sunhwan Bus No. 5: 7:30 am~11:30 pm, every 15 mins Myeongdong Station (Metro Line 4), Exit 3 Chungmuro Station (Metro Lines 3 & 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) Note! During rush hours, the shuttle bus can take longer to reach the tower due to traffic in the city.        Option 2: Cable Car The cable car will carry you from the bottom of Namsan mountain up to the base of the tower. There are various ways to get to Namsan Cable Car Station. ​​​​​​     Take the shuttle bus from Myeongdong Station (Metro line 4), Exit 1.  Take the shuttle bus from Seoul Station (Metro line 1 or 4), Exit 9 in front of Seoul Square Walk from Myeongdong Station Exit 3 to the Cable Car Base, following the right side of the street with Pacific Hotel for about 10~15 mins.  Take the Namsan Orumi, a slanted elevator connecting Namsan 3 tunnel to the Cable Car Base. The ride is free but can be crowded and have a long waiting time.         Once arrived at the cable car base, you should get off the shuttle bus and go to the ticket office to buy cable car tickets. You can purchase either round-trip or one-way ticket rides. An adult one-way ticket is 7,000 won while a child one-way ticket is 4,000 won. Round trip tickets are 9, 500 won for adults and 6, 5000 won for children.  Cable Car Hours: 10:00 am~10:30 pm daily     During the 5-minute ascension, you can enjoy moving in the midst of Seoul’s natural flora. On sunny days, the cable car ride provides a clear birds-eye view of the stores, houses, and streets in the surrounding district below.   Note! The ticketing and boarding lines for the cable car are usually quite long so you could be waiting for up to 2 hours.  The line is shorter heading down from Namsan Tower.       Option 3: Walk Through Namsan Park  Since Namsan Seoul Tower is located within “Namsan Park”, why not take the cable car one-way and take a leisurely stroll through the park as you enjoy the natural scenery?         Namsan Park is the largest park within Seoul and is a natural habitat for over 60 species of trees, plants, and animals. The park offers several hiking trails from the base of the mountain to the top where Namsan Seoul Tower is located. Its circular trails are especially beautiful during the springtime when cherry blossoms are in full bloom and during autumn when its trees and plant life transform into a mix of vibrant oranges, browns, and reds. Inside the park, the sounds of the city are completely blocked out and are instead superseded by the sounds of leaves swaying in the breeze, wildlife communicating, and other visitors pleasantly chatting to each other while walking leisurely amidst the center of nature.             As you trek along the beautifully tree-lined curving roads, ascending higher and higher, Namsan Seoul Tower will regularly come in and out of view behind the trees. Nearing the tower, there is a parking area for tour buses and cars, a convenience store with indoor and outdoor seating, and washrooms for gents and ladies. Seoul city becomes visible again and can be viewed from a wooden deck in front of the bus stop. From here, the main circular road divides into two paths, one leading directly to the lobby of the tower, the other leading to the tower’s outdoor observatory decks.     N Seoul Tower and Seoul Tower Plaza The entire complex officially called “Namsan Seoul Tower” is divided into two parts: the upper half called “N Seoul Tower”, where the main observatory is located, and the bottom half known as “Seoul Tower Plaza”.         Buying/Redeeming your Ticket In order to get to the Observation Deck,  you'll first have to redeem your ticket at the ticket machines and then take the elevator to the 5th Floor of the tower. Follow the signs for the Observation Deck~            We recommend that you pre-order your tickets online beforehand so that you're not stuck waiting in the long ticket lines especially the evenings, weekends and public holidays. If you pre-ordered online, you can head straight to the ticket machines and redeem your voucher number or QR code.  We found the ticket machines next to the Hello Kitty Island entrance.               If you didn't pre-order and need to buy a ticket walk over to the ticket counter where you can purchase Adult, Child, and Elderly tickets.  The Ticket Office is open Sunday ~ Friday: 10:00 am ~ 11:00 pm  and Saturdays 10:00 am ~ 12:00 pm  After receiving your ticket, you'll need to walk over and present it to staff in the Ticket Verification area, then walk towards the elevator that will take you to the 5F Observation Deck. On the way, there is a photo zone with Namsan Tower and various seasonal backgrounds that you can pose in front of. You can pick up your photo at the gift shop in the Observation Deck.      Observation Deck The observatory on the 4th and 5th floors offers one of the best views of downtown Seoul and the Han River.  The circular deck provides a panoramic view with glass panels protecting visitors from wind and bad weather. If you'd like to zoom into the view and try spotting other iconic landmarks or familiar buildings in Seoul, you can use standing binoculars for only 500 won. There are also free audio guides available in English, Chinese and Japanese.                   You can commemorate the time spent at the tower or in Seoul by dropping by the Tower Gift and N Gift gift shops located on the tower’s 1st and 5th floors. Here you can find items such as t-shirts, plush toys, flasks cutely designed with themes related to love and travel as well as the most popular item, Namsan Seoul Tower miniatures.     ► TOWER GIFT     ► N GIFT     Don't forget to pick up your souvenir photo on this floor! (or the 1st floor)  You can go down to the 4th floor to enjoy the view and take more photos!         Even the restroom in the 4th Floor has an incredible view of the whole city! It might even be the best view in the tower!           Other Attractions     Hello Kitty Island After enjoying the view from the observation deck, visitors can make a visit to Hello Kitty Island which is located on the 5th floor of the Seoul Tower Plaza. Here you can brush up on your history of this international superstar while touring her home. After exploring her home, you can make a visit to the gift shop to get your hands on unique Hello Kitty merchandise.         K-POP Star Photo Booth If you're an avid Kpop fan, there is a K-POP Star Photo Booth on the 1st floor of the Seoul Tower Plaza where you can take pictures with kpop artists such as PSY, BIGBANG, G-DRAGON, 2NE1, and RAINBOW.         Hanbok Culture Experience Center When you get down to the Lobby (B1) of the Seoul Tower Plaza you should check out the Hanbok Culture Experience Center. It boasts a massive collection of traditional hanboks of various colors, fabrics, and patterns available to be tried on. You can try on hanbok, hats, and accessories worn by kings, queens, and dignitaries to pose and take photos in. The center is partitioned into rooms with floors, ceilings, and walls decorated with traditional Korean carpets, cushions, drapes, wall art, and furniture, creating a historically authentic Korean backdrop to augment the hanbok wearing experience. Since hanboks can be rented for an hour, you could wear your hanbok outside the center while strolling around the tower and plaza.         The Namsan Seoul Tower experience doesn’t stop there. Seoul Tower Plaza’s outdoor square contains fast food restaurants, cafes, sketch artists, and most importantly, decks that offer visitors an unrestricted view of the city. Love Locks You will be stunned by the thousands of multi-colored, multi-shaped padlocks affixed to the metallic fences of the wooden decks surrounding the base of the tower. There are even padlocks affixed to artificial trees which bear the resemblance of candy trees. The body of these padlocks have written wishes and notes by visitors from all over the world including wishes for good health, pledges of love, and prayers for loved ones, which they hope will come true someday. If you’d like to affix your own padlock too, you can bring your own padlock or buy one at the square.         After sunset, colorful LED installations illuminate the tower, creating a romantic atmosphere.     ► Tunnel of Love ►Bridge of Love     ►Proposal Staircase     So why don't you save a day to visit Namsan Tower while you're in Seoul? A visit to the Namsan Tower is sure to become a fond memory from your stay in Korea!    

Apr 16, 2019
by WorknPlay
Touching the Clouds from Lotte World Tower's Seoul Sky

      If you're seeking a great vantage point from where to observe Seoul’s impressive skyline, the Seoul Sky Observatory on the 117th and 123rd floors of the Lotte World Tower possesses exactly what you’re looking for. Located at the very top of Lotte Tower, Seoul Sky is the highest observation deck in Korea, providing everyone with an incredible 360-degree view of the city and surrounding metropolitan area. The Seoul Sky Deck has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest glass-floor observation deck and also as the world’s third highest observation deck.       How to Get to Lotte Tower and Seoul Sky You can get to Lotte World Tower by taking Seoul Metro Line 2 or Line 8 and getting off at Jamsil station. From Jamsil station Exit 1 or 2, walk in the direction of Lotte World Department Store.     Lotte World Tower is on the other side of the department store so you can either walk through it until the end or walk around it outside to reach the entrance of the tower. Once you enter Lotte World Tower, go to the B1F to find the Seoul Sky Entrance.  Walk over to the ticket office where you can purchase Adult and Child tickets. If you pre-ordered your ticket, show your voucher or QR code to the staff to redeem it for a paper ticket.     The ticket office opens 10 minutes before operating hours and admission is allowed until one hour before closing hours.    The ticket line is quite long especially during weekends and public holidays so I'd definitely recommend that you buy tickets online beforehand so that you're not stuck waiting.         After receiving your ticket, you'll need to present it to other staff and be guided to a dimly-lit hallway that will lead you towards “Sky Shuttle”, Seoul Sky's exhilarating elevator. Only 500 entrants are accepted into the observation deck during 30-minute time slots, which means that depending on how busy it is that day if there are fewer people you could get to go up to the observatory early but if there's more you will have to wait for a while in the hallway. So in order to cut down part of the waiting process, come with your ticket already bought and skip that line at least!   TIP! If you pre-order online, you can visit the ticket office and make a reservation for a specific timeslot on your schedule ticket date (e.g. Visit the office at 10 am, and make a reservation for 6 pm)   The walls and ceilings of the hallway are lined with LCD displays projecting mosaics designs and shifting colors that illuminate it as you walk through it. It keeps you entertained while you wait.    At the end of the hallway, stands the “Sky Shuttle”, the tower’s elevator which will transport you between its 123 floors. The Sky Shuttle is the world's first double-deck elevator featuring monitors on the ceiling and each wall. During the ride, all four walls of the shuttle display a virtual panoramic depiction of the construction of Lotte Tower against the backdrop of its surrounding landscape before exploding into a celestial burst of colors as the shuttle reaches its first main stop, the “Observation Deck” on the 117th floor.                   Observation Decks From the main observation deck, you can witness and marvel at the immense size and architectural complexity of Seoul’s cityscape. If you’re lucky to have sunny weather, you can get a clear view of the Han River, Lotte World Amusement Park, Namsan mountain and Namsan Seoul Tower, and other iconic landmarks.       If you’re in the company of family or friends, or even by yourself you could commemorate your visit by taking photos at the photo zone located on this floor or the B1, 118th, and 120th floors and pick up the prints on the B1 or 120th floors.     To further your viewing experience, you should move up to the 118th floor by escalator to see the “Sky Deck”. A portion of the floor in the Sky Deck is transparent glass.         If you aren’t terribly frightened of heights, try standing on the glass. When you look down, you'll see Seoul’s urban landscape with its vehicular and pedestrian traffic, 478 meters below. While standing on the highest glass-floor observation deck, you will be able to experience the thrilling feeling of floating in the sky as the glass-floor constantly changes from opaque to clear.         The “Sky Terrace” is the next floor to check-out after the Sky Deck and can be reached by taking the escalator up to the 120th floor.  After enjoying an indoor view of the cityscape, you will finally have a chance to stand in an outdoor terrace, 486 meters above ground level, feeling the cool breeze while viewing the majestic panoramic view of Seoul!           Souvenirs Before boarding the sky shuttle again and heading back down to the lobby, you should take one last escalator ride up to the 121st floor, to visit the "Seoul Sky Shop" which sells souvenir postcards, diaries, miniatures and the most popular item, sleek snow-globes with Lotte World Tower inside.         Lotte Tower Seoul Sky is inside Lotte World Tower and is part of the larger Lotte World entertainment complex containing an amusement park,  Korea’s biggest aquarium, a world-class shopping mall, art museum, concert hall, and cinema. So after the observatory viewing experience, you should definitely explore and enjoy the rest of Lotte World's entertainment facilities!                 Before you leave the tower, why not spend a calming but pleasant time at the Lotte Aquarium in the basement floor.  The aquarium has more than 650 kinds of sea life from all over the world including flashlight fish, spider crabs, beluga whales, sea lions and more!           Lotte World Amusement Park   While you're in the area, why not visit Lotte World's amusement park. It's one of the best amusement parks in Korea and is packed with the most exciting rollercoasters and ride! If you have kids, they will love meeting the adorable animated characters and being entertained by them.              

Apr 16, 2019