The Namsan Seoul Tower, Korea’s first general radio wave tower, was built to promote the future of broadcasting and tourism industry. It combines a broadcast tower and an observatory which embodies traditional Korean design.
World’s famous towers are known as iconic structures of the city and the country. Likewise, the Namsan Seoul Tower has become a symbol of Seoul and a popular tourist attraction for the last 40 years.
The tower has become the number one tourist attraction for domestic tourists as Koreans are attracted to its unique structure and the view of Seoul it offers from its great height. With increasing number of TV shows and dramas filmed at the tower, thanks to the recent trend of the Korean wave, the Tower has become a famous tourist destination frequented by both domestic and international tourists.
Analogue television broadcasting in Korea began in 1961 with the first transmission commenced by KBS-TV. However, frequent occurrence of weak reception and signal problems in the initial stage called for higher broadcast towers.
Against this background, Namsan Seoul Tower was constructed to transmit TV and radio in 1971. With the installation of antenna from KBS, MBC, SBS, TBS and Gugak FM, the tower broadcasted for up to 48% of potential audience until the end of analogue broadcasting in 2012.
Analogue broadcasting is no longer available, yet Namsan Seoul Tower continues to serve as a transmission tower for KBS, SBS and terrestrial DMB operators.
Towers which serve as a broadcast tower and observatory is often located in the hearts of cities. However, with Empire State Building in New York and the Calgary Tower in Canada, the view from the tower can be blocked by other skyscrapers.
Namsan Seoul Tower which stands at the top of Namsan Mountain, 240 meters high with an open space of 2.9 million square meters, offers a unique and beautiful panoramic view of Seoul.
The Tower has been chosen as one of Lonely Planet’s list of 500 best places to visit. The most unique aspect of the Namsan Seoul Tower is that if offers different sceneries of Namsan Mountain as the seasons change throughout the year.
Ever since Namsan Seoul Tower was open to the public over 40 years ago, the Tower has become an iconic structure of Seoul, the capital city of Republic of Korea. As a complex cultural space, it offers diverse experience such as food and entertainment and will continue to offer more enjoyable facilities. More than the landmark of Seoul and Korea, the Namsan Seoul Tower will further develop into a global landmark.