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What You Didn't Know About N Seoul Tower

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Have you noticed how Namsan Seoul Tower lights up the city with its dazzling displays? Well, those lights aren't just for show!

About N Seoul Tower


N Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower, is a symbolic landmark towering over the vibrant cityscape of Seoul, South Korea. Perched atop Namsan Mountain, this iconic structure offers breathtaking panoramic views of the sprawling metropolis below.

Originally constructed in 1969 as a broadcasting tower, N Seoul Tower has since evolved into a beloved tourist attraction and cultural hub. Renowned for its striking architecture and commanding presence, it stands as a testament to Seoul's modernity and innovation.


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Visitors can ascend to the tower's observation decks via a scenic cable car ride or a leisurely hike through Namsan Park. Once at the top, they are treated to unparalleled vistas of Seoul's skyline, stretching as far as the eye can see. The observation decks boast state-of-the-art telescopes and viewing platforms, allowing guests to capture stunning photographs and create lasting memories.


Beyond its panoramic views, N Seoul Tower offers a variety of attractions and amenities to enrich the visitor experience. The tower houses several restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops, providing opportunities for guests to dine, shop, and relax amidst the lofty heights. Additionally, the tower's LED lighting system illuminates the night sky with dazzling displays, transforming it into a beacon of light and color visible from across the city.


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N Seoul Tower Illuminations


The N Seoul Tower is a spectacular sight at night. But what most people don't know is that N Seoul Tower also cleverly uses its colorful illuminations to inform the public about air quality. When the skies are clear, they shine bright blue, but if the air pollution level rises or there's a microdust warning, they turn red. Seeing red lights is a sign to stay indoors and consider wearing a mask if you must go outside.


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Image source: Namsan Seoul Tower


Blue (Good Air Quality)


When the air quality in Seoul reaches optimal levels, with a fine dust concentration of 0 to 15µg/m3, N Seoul Tower radiates a brilliant shade of blue, mirroring the clear skies above the city.


From December 1, 2023, to March 31, 2023, visitors can enjoy a 20% discount on the entrance fee on days when the fine dust concentration is 15µg/m3 or less (as of 9 a.m. on that day) and are subscribed to receive alerts from the Seoul Air Quality website.


Green (Fair Air Quality)


When the fine dust concentration ranges from 16 to 35µg/m3, indicating fair air quality, the light projected is green.


Yellow (Bad Air Quality)


When the fine dust concentration ranges from 36 to 75µg/m3, indicating bad air quality, the light projected is yellow.


Red (Extremely Bad Air Quality)


When the fine dust concentration is higher than 76µg/m3, indicating extremely bad air quality, the light projected is red.At this level of air quality, citizens are encouraged to stay indoors and wear a KF (Korea Filter) mask rated 80/94/99 when outdoors to protect themselves from fine dust particles.

The next time you catch sight of the N Seoul Tower's lights, you'll know the current air quality in Seoul by the color illuminated.


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