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Best Landmarks in Seoul

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N Seoul Tower

Built in 1971, the N Seoul Tower, located at the peak of Mt.Namsan is 236.7 meters (777 feet) tall. The iconic landmark, built for transmitting signals of radio and television, is visible from nearly everywhere in the city. Now, a famed tourist attraction, the tower offers stunning views from the top. One of the most romantic places in Seoul, the N Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower is a favorite for couples and as any Korean Drama fan will recognize, is the top spot to profess undying love, much like the Eiffel Tower in France. Around the roof terrace, there are locks in a colorful display, proclaiming messages of true love, as couples come here to leave a love lock as a symbol of their devotion to each other. Accessible by cable car, car or hiking, the tower has other attractions including art exhibitions, restaurants, and a cultural experience center.

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Namsan Cable Car

On May 18th, 1962, the Namsan Cable Car was the first cable car to be built and operated in Korea. During the day you can enjoy the beauty of Seoul's surrounding landscape; at night you can experience the illumination of the bright lights below. Plan to visit an hour before sunset to get both panoramic views as you ascend and descend the city's most famous peak. You'll find both a restaurant and a cafe at the top.

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is one of the most iconic landmark structures in Seoul. The cutting-edge modernity of this mega-structure coupled with its unique design won Seoul city the title of World Design Capital in 2010. The structure of the building is curvaceous and fluid, devoid of any straight lines or walls. It houses as many as five spaces inside, namely an art hall, a museum, a design lab, the Oullim square and the Dongdaemun History and Culture park. Visit the DDP at night for a dazzling view of this modern wonder.

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The War Memorial of Korea

Established in 1994, the War Memorial of Korea is one of the largest of its kind in the world and occupies the former army headquarters. It honors those who lost their lives fighting for their country through the course of the Korean War. The memorial comprises both indoor and outdoor exhibition halls that display a curated selection of 10,000 military relics, artillery, ammunition, documents, photographs and other artifacts from the museum's 33,000-strong collection pertaining to the nation's long and illustrious war history. Although primarily focused on the events of the Korean War, the museum also delves into battles preceding it and the international wars that Korean troops were involved in to provide a wider and more comprehensive understanding of the topic. An evocative memorial to the cost of war, as well as a testament to the nation's military prowess, the War Memorial of Korea is a chronicle of the events that shaped the geo-political history of the Korean Peninsula.

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Seoul Station

Seoul Station was originally called Gyeongseong Station when it opened in 1899. It took its present name in 1946 and was designated as a historical monument in 1981. As well as railway services, it hosts a shopping arcade, the Railroad Museum and a cultural center. Seoul functions as a hub for the country's fast and reliable rail network that offers an efficient way to see the country. The Metropolitan Subway system is probably the most efficient means of movement in and around Seoul. There are eight subway lines that merge with the national railway lines and each line is colored differently for easy recognition. A surface line of the government-run Korean National Railroad (KNR) merging with these serves Seoulites and visitors most effectively. Trains run at intervals of two-and-a-half to three minutes during the morning and evening rush hours, and at intervals of four to six minutes during the non-rush hours. Tickets cost around KRW600 for Service Area One (yellow color code) and around KRW700 for Service Area Two (orange color code).

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Admiral Yi Sun Shin Statue

Peering down from a height of about 17 meters (56 feet), the statue of Admiral Yi Sun-sin is fashioned from bronze and is located in front of Gwanghwamun Square. The statue was raised in 1968 by the Statue Establishing Committee, led by Kim Jong-Pil, at the behest of the President. Erected in honor of the 16th-century war hero's role in securing Korea's victory during the Japanese Invasions of Korea, the statue always pays tribute to the admiral's legendary skill, admired by Koreans and the Japanese too. In front of the statue lies a miniature turtle ship that represents a Korean warship that was commanded by the admiral. Surrounding the statue is a water fountain, called the 12.23 Fountain, commemorating the 23 battles fought by Yi Sun-sin with the help of 12 warships.

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Unhyeon Palace

This palace is the most preserved among major and minor palaces in Seoul, because the descendants of the royal family lived here until recent years. This is the one of the best places to observe the culture of the nobility of old Korea. This building has few restricted areas, with the southern half of this building widely open to the public. In addition, you can take various classes to learn about Korean culture, like court etiquette, tea ceremony, and general formality.

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Banpo Bridge

Built atop the Jamsu Bridge as a girder bridge in 1982, Banpo Bridge was constructed to be used as a link for the Seocho and Yongsan districts when the lower bridge gets submerged during heavy rainfall. It was an important bridge then, but it got prominence after the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain was installed on it in 2009. It is known to be the longest bridge fountain in the world and is included in the 2008 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Stretching across a kilometer (0.62 miles), the bridge is decked with 10000 LED lights which come to life during the evening and night shows from April to October. This magnificent display is further accentuated by the water sprayed from the bridge's 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles. The water for the fountain is sourced from the river Han and is constantly recycled as it goes back to its source.

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Inwangsan

With a height of 338 meters, this mountain is located in Jongno-gu, downtown Seoul. Many huge granite peaks form the summit of this mountain and each rock has its own interesting name, such as Train Rock (kicha bawi), Dress Rock (chima bawi), Dew Rock (isul bawi), Hat Rock (moja bawi), and Worm Rock (jiryungii bawi). From the top, you can get a panoramic view of Seoul. It is especially beautiful at night, when the lights of the city are turned on. Due to Seoul's increasing population, this mountain is now covered with houses and buildings. There is no admission fee.

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63 Square

Encased in glass and glazed with gold, 63 Square or 63 Building as it is also known is a shimmering beauty that makes a prominent appearance on the city's skyline. Overlooking the Hangang River, this landmark skyscraper holds its own as its glistening form soars above the rest of the city, measuring in at a height of 249 meters (817 feet). Having opened in 1985, the building was intended as a landmark for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and is regarded today as one of the most emblematic buildings in Seoul. It is home to the popular 63 Seaworld, 63 Sky Art Gallery and 63 Wax Museum, but is most well known for its Love Elevators; these elevators offer a brief romantic escape to couples by taking them on a minute-long ride through the building.

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Bukhan Mountain

The granite peaks of this mountain are a famous sight in Korea. Between the peaks are beautiful valleys with areas of woodland, where you will find many rare plants and interesting flowers. In the vicinity are historical sites, too, such as Bukhan Fortress, and some 100 temples dot the nearby hills. For those seeking a bit of exercise, various paths have been laid out, allowing walkers and climbers of all ages and levels to discover the natural joys of this famous landmark.

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Lotte World

One of the top theme parks in South Korea, Lotte World is a stimulating facility of outdoor and indoor recreational zones. Home to one of the biggest indoor theme parks across the globe, the range of activities inside the park are astounding. For an adrenaline rush, the Magic Island offers an abundance of thrills, while the Across Dark ride takes one on an adventurous journey through space. The complex also features a fantastic folk museum, shopping malls, performance venues and a massive aquarium. Entertaining and exciting, it is no wonder that Lotte World is counted among Seoul's top tourist destinations.

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