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N Seoul Tower
The N SEOUL TOWER, a complex cultural space in Seoul, is where the clouds seem to meet with Namsan Mountain.
It shows visitors the harmony of Namsan's nature, the 21st century state of the art, resting with leisure, and various cultures.
The N SEOUL TOWER, which is a symbol of Seoul now, was established at the highest point to glance at the most beautiful images of Seoul. It is also Korea’s first general radio wave tower from 1969, delivering TV and radio broadcasting in the metropolitan area. Not only does the N SEOUL TOWER have transmission antennas of KBS, MBC, SBS TV, and FM, but PBC, TBS, CBS, and BBS FM transmission antennas are also installed.
Forty-eight percent of the national audio population watches broadcasting through this transmission tower. Since the N SEOUL TOWER was opened to the general public in 1980, it has become a resting place for the citizens of Seoul as well as a touristic attraction for foreigners with the living nature of Namsan.
With the latest LED technology lighting, which constantly changes colors and patterns, it has become a "light art" providing various media art together with an unusual cultural art experience. As a complex cultural space representing Seoul, the newly created N SEOUL TOWER is a proud landmark of Seoul.
There is no doubt that Insadong is one of the most traditionally Korean areas in Seoul.
It might be due to all the Korean souvenir shops lined up along the streets, but in that place, the essence of Korea continues to remain strong and intact through the passage of time. In fact, they even changed the Starbucks sign into Hangul.
Since long ago, Insadong was a place greatly beloved by artists and writers. It was those very people who gathered here, gained commercial power over the neighborhood, and led Insadong to become what it is today. Essentially, it is a neighborhood deeply entrenched in the history of art and culture.
Cheonggyecheon is an 11 km-long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
The stream was covered with an elevated highway after the Korean War (1950-1953), as part of the country's post-war economic development. Then in 2003, the elevated highway was removed to restore the stream to its present form.
The stream starts from Cheonggye Plaza, a popular cultural arts venue, and passes under a total of 22 bridges before flowing into the Hangang (River), with many attractions along its length. Cheonggyecheon’s turbulent history is on display at the Cheonggyecheon Museum which opened in September 2005. The museum offers visitors the chance to learn about the many changes the stream has seen, including being buried underground and being restored. The story is told with the help of a scale-model and period photographs. Admission is free.
Bukchon Hanok Village
This area is designated as one of the main places in Seoul where there is a large concentration of traditional Korean homes (hanok). Many historical sites and cultural properties are also packed in this area, automatically making it a street museum of sorts. "Bukchon", which means "northern village", was named so because it is located north of two significant landmarks: the Jongno area and the Cheonggyecheon (Stream). Currently, Gahoe-dong, Songhyeon-dong, Anguk-dong, Samcheong-dong, Sagan-dong, Gyedong, and Sogyeok-dong are considered part of the Bukchon area.