N Seoul Tower / Namsam Tower, the realm of couples

In 2014, I travelled alone to Seoul in the Republic of Korea, better known as South Korea. Thus far, it’s my last big solo trip. It was an interesting experience. I’ve forgotten many details and activities I did. That’s why we blog since 2017. But anyway, thanks to photos on Facebook, my guidebook, Wikipedia and Wikitravel, I can reconstruct parts of the adventure.  

The N Seoul Tower (Korean: N서울타워), officially the YTN Seoul Tower and commonly known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower, is a communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in central Seoul. 

The 236-meter (774 ft)-tall tower marks the second highest point in Seoul.

Built in 1971, the N Seoul Tower is South Korea’s first general radio wave tower, providing TV and radio broadcasting in Seoul.

Realm of couples

As a solo traveller, it stroke me how much the Tower was a realm for couples. People acting all romantically.

There’s a padlock area, where couples in love can show their love for each other or maybe for bondage and chastity cages. Locktober, anyone? Or maybe a relationship is a prison? I find the imagery of a padlock for a relationship confining. 

So as a fiercely single and then solo traveller, I didn’t feel appreciated there. 


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