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Viewing Platform Outside N Seoul Tower
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The viewing platform outside the N Seoul Tower (엔 서울타워) at the top of Mount Namsan (남산) in Seoul (서울). From here you can also see the smaller communications tower.


The N Seoul Tower was built in 1969, and was first opened to the public on October 15, 1980. The tower was remodelled in 2005, at a cost of ₩15 billion. Upon re-opening in December 2005, the tower was given its current name 'N Seoul Tower', with the 'N' standing for 'New'. Previously it was known as just the Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower.

The fence around the viewing platform is covered in locks, known as the 'Locks of Love'. The idea is that lovers buy a lock each, they then lock their locks together (and to the fence), to symbolize their love for each other, that they will stay together.

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Uploaded: 19/03/2010
Updated: 25/02/2012
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