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  • Hiking Namsan by Namsan Ormi

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    Namsan Ormi boosted the number of visitors to about 1,900 a day, 680,000 a year on average

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government began operating an elevator on Namsan, ‘Namsan Ormi’, on June 30, 2009, to improve pedestrians’ access to the mountain. Seoul said that about 680,000 visitors have used the elevator so far. Before the installation of the elevator the number of visitors to Namsan was about 200 to 300 on weekdays, and now the number jumped to 1,900 a day.

    Slanted outdoor elevators like Namsan Ormi are very rare in the world. Namsan Ormi is attracting a good number of tourists, contributing greatly to improving Seoul’s image and pedestrians’ access to Namsan.

    Namsan Ormi operates between the Namsan Tunnel 3 and the cable car station free of charge

    It is the first time in Korea to build a slanted outdoor elevator, and the elevator operates between the Namsan Tunnel 3 and the cable car station. The elevator is made of glass, enabling passengers to view the mountain. It has made it a lot easier to get to Namsan N Tower from the Myeong-dong station or the Hoehyeon station.

    A city official said that Namsan Ormi resolved the inconvenience of using stairs for the disabled and the elderly, boosting the number of tourists who visit the mountain. He also added that the Seoul Metropolitan Government will continue to improve access to Namsan.

    How to get to the cable car station of Namsan

    • Line 4 Myeong-dong station (Exit 4) → Banpo-ro (to Namsan Tunnel 3) → Cable car station (590m, takes about 12 minutes)
      ※ Line 4 Myeong-dong station (Exit 1) → Sopa-ro → Cable car station (1200m, takes about 22 minutes)
    • Line 4 Hoehyeon station (Exit 1) → Hoehyeon underground shopping center (Exit 6) → Banpo-ro (to Namsan Tunnel 3) → Namsan Ormi → Cable car station (790m, takes about 15 minutes)
    • Using bus
      – To City hall : Get off at the Namsan Tunnel 3 stop → Namsan Ormi (about 180m)
      – To Gangnam : Get off at the Namsan Tunnel 3 stop → Underpass → Namsan Ormi (about 210m)
      ※ Blue bus 143, 401, 406, 505, Green bus 7013(A, B)