N Seoul Tower [N서울타워]

Sh**ting Stars (2022); It's Beautiful Now (2022); Now, We Are Breaking Up (2021-22); Imitation (2021); True Beauty (2020-21); The School Nurse Files (2020); I Wanna Hear Your Song (2019); Hotel Del Luna (2019); Wind-Bell (2019); The Last Empress (2018-19); Twelve Nights (2018); Terrius Behind Me (2018); The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (2018); Hwayugi (2017-18); Live Up To Your Name Dr. Heo (2017); The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016); Touching You (2016); Who Are You: School 2015 (2015); Bubblegum (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); Snowman (2003); Beautiful Days (2001)

N Plaza

N Plaza has two floors; this includes the ticket booth, a gift shop (N Gift) and N Terrace on Floor 1 and the Italian restaurant Place Dining the Roof Terrace with its famous “Locks of Love” on Floor 2.

Gong Tae-sung (Kim Young-dae) and Baek Da-hye (Jang Hee-ryung) wrap up their filming of ‘The World of the Stars’ up at the “Locks of Love” area in episode 14 of Sh**ting Stars/Shooting Stars (Byeolttongbyeol/별똥별) (tvN, 2022).

Lee Hyun-jae (Yoon Shi-yoon) and Hyun Mi-rae (Bae Da-bin) come here on a late night date in episode 16 of It’s Beautiful Now/Now Is Beautiful/It’s Beautiful Right Now (현재는 아름다워) (KBS2, 2022). [SPOILER] But when Hyun-jae discovers the lovelock he’d left here with his ex-girlfriend, an unhappy Mi-rae leaves.

Seok Do-hoon (Kim Joo-hun) makes Hwang Chi-sook (Choi Hee-seo) walk up here in episode 10 of Now, We Are Breaking Up (지금, 헤어지는 중입니다) (SBS, 2021-22) [SPOILER] and confesses his love to her by securing a lock on the railing and handing her the key. Later, they come back here and she accepts his feelings.

In the final scene of final episode 12 of Imitation (Imiteisyeon/이미테이션) (KBS2, 2021), Kwon Ryeok (Lee Jun-young/Jun of U-KISS) and Lee Ma-ha (Jung Ji-so) come to this venue on a public date.

Lee Su-ho (Cha Eun-woo of ASTRO) and Han Seo-jun (Hwang In-yeop) come to the base of the tower in episode 14 of True Beauty/Yeoshingangrim (여신강림) (tvN, 2020-21), with Su-ho prompting Seo-jun to sing a song (Flowerpot/화분, by Alex from Clazziquai) in public as part of the bet that he’d won between them. In episode 15, Im Ju-kyung (Moon Ga-young) heads up to the ‘highest point of Seoul’ to see the first snow. When she returns to pick up the wallet she’d dropped, she runs into Lee Su-ho (Cha Eun-woo of ASTRO), who had returned from the US.

Ahn Eun-young (Jung Yu-mi) and Hong In-pyo (Nam Joo-hyuk) come to this landmark on an awkward evening out together in episode 4 of The School Nurse Files (보건교사 안은영) (Netflix, 2020).

Na Wang-sik (Choi Jin-hyuk) brings Oh Ssu-ni (Jang Na-ra) here in episode 32 of The Last Empress/Empress’s Dignity (황후의 품격) (SBS, 2018-19) after she has found out the reason for her mother’s death.

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 Enough/Five Children (아이가 다섯) (KBS2, 2016). Those who go there would usually lock a love padlock here as a couple.

Kim Moo-young (Seo In-guk) and Yoo Jin-Kang (Jung So-min) meet up at this place for a date in episode 13 of The Smile Has Left Your Eyes/Hundred Million Stars from the Sky (하늘에서 내리는 일억개의 별) (tvN, 2018).

Kim Bon (So Ji-Sub) has an obsession with celebrating the end of a successful mission with a mojito at the feet of Namsan Tower. He already suggested this to his ex-girlfriend but she died in a mission. Then he proposes the same to Go Ae-rin (Jung In-sun) and they come here in episode 32 of Terrius Behind Me/My Secret Terrius (내 뒤에 테리우스) (MBC, 2018) and directly get a new mission — to go undercover to the States 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 Legend of the Blue Sea (푸른 바다의 전설) (SBS, 2016-17). It’s a nice meta reference because Lee Min-ho waited here 7 years ago — but as Goo Jun-pyo for Geum Jan-di (Goo Hye-sun) in Boys Over Flowers (see below).

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 (후아유: 학교 2015) (KBS2, 2015).

In episode 6 of Bubblegum/Bubble Gum (풍선껌) (tvN, 2015), Park Ri-hwan (Lee Don-wook) and Kim Haeng-ah (Jeong Ryeo-won) walk up to the feet of this tower on their if-we-dated-date and Ri-hwan mentions how nice it feels to be together like this.

Choi Moo-gak (Park Yoo-chun) and Choi Eun-seol (Shin Se-kyung) go here on a platonic date in Sensory Couple/The Girl Who Sees Smells (냄새를 보는 소녀) (SBS, 2015).

Kang Sun-woo (Jo 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.

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).

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 (꽃보다 남자) (KBS2, 2009). Their dates end with them getting locked up in the Namsan Cable Car [남산 케이블카] and spend the night there.

‘Sisters’ Kim Yun-Soo (Choi Ji-Woo) and Kim Se-Na (Lee Jung-Hyun) promise to meet here on Christmas eve in episode 1 of Beautiful Days (아름다운 날들) (SBS, 2001). While Se-na waits in the cold, Yun-soo has an accident when running up to the tower and won’t show up and hence becomes a ‘betrayer’ in the eyes of Se-na. After he recovery, she comes back here regularly in hopes to meet Se-na.

Observatory, Floor 5

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

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 (9회말 2아웃) (MBC, 2007) and Nan-hee tells Hyung-tae to marry here.

Suh Yeon-wook (Gong Hyo-jin) and heartbroken Cha Sung-joon (Kim Rae-won) meet up here in final episode 17 of Snowman (Nun-sa-ram/눈사람) (MBC, 2003).

N Grill [엔그릴], Floor 7

Cheon Song-yi (Jun Ji-hyun) waits for Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun) as promised on their 100th day at this restaurant in final episode 16 of My Love from Another Star/My Love From The Star/You Who Came From the Stars (별에서 온 그대) (SBS, 2013-14) and she thinks she has seen him for a short moment.

Namsan Dule-gil [남산 둘레길]

Namsan Dule-gil is a hiking path that leads to/from Namsan Tower; one of the starting points is Namsan Park Fountain [남산공원분수대] (closed). Geolocation ‘I Wanna Hear Your Song’: 37.553176, 126.986335

The tower is seen in the background as Jang Yoon (Yeon Woo-jin) approaches on this hiking trail a terrified Hong Yi-young (Kim Se-jeong of Gugudan), who had knocked into a passer-by and fallen down while running away from him (Jang Yoon), in episode 4 (full episode 2) of I Wanna Hear Your Song/Let Me Hear Your Song (너의 노래를 들려줘) (KBS2, 2019).

Kim Yeon-Woo (Kim So-Yeon) and Park Ji-Heon (Jeong Kyeo-Woon) hike up to Namsan Tower on this trail 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.

N Seoul Tower is also seen in The Smile Has Left Your Eyes/Hundred Million Stars from the Sky (하늘에서 내리는 일억개의 별) (tvN, 2018), Plus Nine Boys (아홉수 소년) (tvN, 2014 — episode 1); My Lovely Girl (내겐 너무 사랑스러운 그녀) (SBS, 2014 — episode 4); 49 Days (49일) (SBS, 2011 — episode 1); My Sweet Seoul (달콤한 나의 도시) (SBS, 2008 — episode 15); Witch Yoo-hee (마녀유희) (SBS, 2007-08).

TEASER FILMED here

Namsan Tower is the tower of the ‘Grand Open’ Teaser of Hotel Del Luna (호텔 델루나) (tvN, 2019).

Web Drama filmed here

Daniel (Jung jin-young of B1A4) tells Yeo Jin (Mina of AOA) that she can meet him here in episode 2 of web drama Wind-Bell / Punggyeong Scenery (풍경) (Naver TV, 2018); later, they immediately start to bicker upon meeting up.

MOVIES FILMED Here

New Year Blues (새해전야) (2021)
To All the Boys: Always and Forever (내가 사랑했던 모든 남자들에게 3: 언제나 그리고 영원히) (2021)
The Swindlers (꾼) (2017)

Variety Show Filmed Here

— Episode 314 of My Neighbor Charles (이웃집 찰스) (KBS1, 2015-present)

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N Seoul Tower [N서울타워] —with its official name being YTN Seoul Tower; also known as Namsan Tower and Seoul Tower— is a functioning 236 meter-tall communication and observation tower that currently broadcasts signals from MBC, KBS, and SBS. But more than that, it is the national landmark of Seoul, and has become one of the most popular tourist sites in South Korea, registering 20 million visitors in 2001. There is also rarely any K-Drama where this broadcast tower is not seen at least in the background. This landmark sits on Namsan Mountain in Seoul’s neighborhood Yongsandong 2(i)-ga [용산동2가] in the Yongsan District [Yongsan-gu/용산구].

The tower was built as ‘CJ Seoul Tower’ in 1969 and fully completed in 1975 for TV and radio broadcasting in Seoul and was originally owned by CJ Corporation (hence the tower’s first name). First opened to the public in 1980, the tower was bought by YTN in 2000 and its name changed to ‘YTN Seoul Tower’. In 2005, renovation and remodeling of the tower was undertaken (which ended around 2010) and it underwent again a name-change to its current name in which the “N” stands for nature, new and, of course, Namsan.

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”. But to be more precise, the color of the tower has been indicating the overall air quality since 2011, with blue standing for good air quality.

The tower has its own list of records as a tourist attraction and Seoul’s landmark. In 2009, it was selected as one of the 51 design assets of Seoul. In 2012, it was ranked as #1 tourist attraction in a survey done by Seoul City and garnered several other prices throughout the years. In 2018, it was designated Seoul’s Future Heritage (서울미래유산) given out since 2012 by the city’s government. In 2019, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism —announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)— selected Namsan Tower as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2019-2020. In 2021, it was again selected to figure among the Top 100 Must-Visit locations for the years 2021-22.

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

Getting here
To visit Namsan Tower, you can either take the Namsan Cable Car, go by shuttle bus or by Seoul City Tour Bus or hike up the mountain.

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 06/06/2022
Oh My Ghostess submitted by Monica

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