February 18, 2009 08:28
The Seoul city government on Tuesday said it will begin operating an elevator up the slope from the entrance of Mt. Nam Tunnel 3 to the cable car station in May. Passengers have so far had to walk up the 63 m slope and stairs to reach the station.
The new elevator will run at the speed of two minutes and 30 seconds up the slope from the monument tower for the dedication of the tunnel. It is 1.90 m wide and 2.20 m long and can accommodate about 20 passengers. The outside can be seen through the tempered glass of the four walls and the ceiling.
The guide rails on the 25-degree slope will run about 1.2 m above the ground. Passengers will still have to walk to the entrance of the tunnel from Myeong-dong and Hoehyeon subway stations.
A city official said it will help senior citizens and the disabled visit Namsan more easily.
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