Namsan Tower aka N Seoul Tower [N서울타워]

Hwayugi (2017-18); Live Up To Your Name Dr. Heo (2017); The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016); W-Two Worlds (2016); Touching You (2016); Who Are You School 2015 (2015); Oh My Ghostess (2015); Sensory Couple (2015); My Lovely Girl (2014); Plus Nine Boys (2014); My Love From Another Star (2013-14); Dating Agency Cyrano (2013); Rooftop Prince (2012); 49 Days (2011); Dr. Champ (2010); Boys Over Flowers (2009); My Sweet Seoul (2008); Witch Yoo-hee (2007-08); 9 End 2 Outs (2007)

This is where people usually go on a date in K-Dramaland — also called the Namsan date, as we heard in episode 12 of Five Children (2016). Those who go there would usually lock a love padlock here as a couple.

So much happened here in episode 6 of Hwayuki/A Korean Odyssey (화유기) (tvN, 2017-18); there’s a demon roaming around cutting women’s hair; Jin Sun-Mi (Oh Yeon-Seo) puts up a key lock to later try to unlock it; Son Oh-Gong (Lee Seung-Gi) joins Sun-Mi here and is really nice to her which makes her nervous and both come back here later to get rid of the demon; and again later Sun-mi tests Oh-gong’s love. And on top of this, she is photographed here by an old friend (that she doesn’t recognize).

Heo Im (Kim Nam-gil) and Choi Yeon-kyung (Kim Ah-joong) break up here in episode 15 of Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo/Deserving of the Name (명불허전) (tvN, 2017). It’s hurtful moment for both of them.

— Heo Joon-Jae (Lee Min-ho) waits here during the first snow fall for Sim Chung (Gianna Jun) in episode 5 and 6 of The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016). It’s a nice meta reference because Lee Min-Ho already waited here 7 years ago as Gu Jun-pyo – but for Geum Jan-di.

— Do Jin-woo (Ok Taecyeon) suddenly kisses Jin Hee-young (Song Ha-yoon) on their date in episode 8 of Touching You/I’m Going to Touch You (널 만질거야) (Web drama, 2016).

— Lee Eun-bi (Kim So-hyun) and Han Yi-an (Nam Joo-hyuk) go on a date here in episode 12 of Who Are You School 2015 (2015).

— Choi Moo-gak (Park Yoo-chun) and Choi Eun-seol (Shin Se-kyung) go here on a platonic date in Sensory Couple (2015).

— Kang Sun-woo (Cho Jung-seok) brings Na Bong-sun (Park Bo-young) here as a surprise one episode 12 of Oh My Ghostess/Oh My Ghost (오 나의 귀신님) (tvN, 2015). While he’s on a happy date, she doesn’t feel well, because it’s not her who wanted to go here, but the ghost that has possessed her and that Sun-Woo fell for.

— In episode 10 of Dating Agency: Cyrano (연애조작단: 시라노) (tvN, 2013), we see the Cyrano team on a mission here.

— And in episode 10 of Rooftop Prince (2012), Yong Tae-Yong (Park Yoochun) and Hong Se-Na (Jung Yoo-Mi) enjoy the night view from the Namsan Tower while Se-Na keeps on with her manipulations.

— In episode 17 of Can’t Lose/Hate to Lose/ Can’t Live With Losing (지고는 못살아) (MBC, 2011), Eun-Jae (Choi Ji-woo) and Hyung-Woo (Yoon Sang-hyun) both independently take the cable car to meet up at Namsan Tower (Hyung-woo).

— Kim Yeon-Woo (Kim So-Yeon) and Park Ji-Heon (Jeong Kyeo-Woon) hike up to Namsan Tower in episode 15 of Dr. Champ/ Doctor Champ (닥터챔프) (SBS, 2010). At the foot of Namsan Tower, she finally admits the she’s also fallen for him.

— Goo Jun-pyo (Lee Min-Ho) tells Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) to come here for a rendezvous and she doesn’t take it very seriously. He waits does and waits in the snow until she shows up in episode 4 of Boys Over Flowers (2009). Their dates end with them getting locked up in the Namsan Cable Car [남산 케이블카] and spend the night there.

— Life-long friends Hong Nan-hee (Soo Ae) and Byun Hyung-tae (Lee Jung-jin) had promised to celebrate New Years Eve together here before they turn 30 when they are not in a fixed relationship at that time. So they find themselves up in Namsan Tower in episode 1 of 9 End 2 Outs/Two Outs in the Ninth Inning (2007) and Nan-hee tells Hyung-tae to marry here.

Also seen in Plus Nine Boys (2014, episode 1); My Lovely Girl (2014, episode 4); My Love From Another Star (2013-14); 49 Days (2011, episode 1); My Sweet Seoul (2008, episode 15); Witch Yoo-hee (2007-08).

W Two Worlds (2016) [It’s seen as a back-drop here];


In The Swindlers (꾼) (2017), a clandestine meeting between Seung-gun (Park Sung-woong) and the elusive Jang Du-chil (Heo Sung-tae) took place here, with Choon-ja (Nana) and Suk-dong (Bae Sung-woo) spying on them.

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N Seoul Tower [N서울타워] is the national landmark of Seoul. There is rarely any K-Drama where you won’t see this former broadcast tower that sits on Namsan Mountain and by now has become one of the tourist sites in South Korea. To visit it, you can either take the Namsan Cable Car, by shuttle bus, by Seoul City Tour Bus or hike up the mountain. If it turns blue at night, as Choi Yeon-kyung (Kim Ah-joong) explains in Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo (2017), the weather will be good that day.

Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105
(용산동2가 산 1-3)
Geolocation: 37.551168, 126.988240

— submitted by Marion KDL
Oh My Ghostess submitted by Monica
The Swindlers submitted by Mich KDL

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