14 Nov 2020
Posted by Mikaela
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N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower) is an iconic landmark and symbol of Seoul on top of the Namsan Mountain. This tower is the number one tourist attraction in Seoul as it enables you to experience a world-class view of the Seoul city skyline and the Han River through day and night. Now, we’re going to learn about what to see, so make sure to include this in your itinerary during your visit to Seoul, South Korea.
N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower)
The Namsan Tower is originally a broadcast tower in Seoul, South Korea, before it gained attention as a representative landmark and symbol of the city. It is considered as the highest point in Seoul where you could witness the fantastic view of the cityscape and the Han River through day and night.
The tower draws a lot of local and foreign tourists with its lovable features such as the 360-degrees observatory deck, a fine-dining restaurant, gift shops, Hello Kitty World, Locks of Love, and the Namsan Park. On top of everything, the great opportunity to experience the healing presence of Namsan, while looking at the Han River and the city.
Location: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Height: 236.7m (tower)
Operation hours: 10:00-23:00 (Mon-Fri, Sun) 10:00-00:00 (Sat)
(Open all year round)
Admission fees: ₩11,000 (adults) ₩9,000 (children)
5F–N Sweet Bar, A Twosome Place
T1–Ticket booth, N Burger, N Terrace, Twosome Place, Olive Young, Cheiljemyunso, N Teddybear Shop
T2–The Place Dining
T4–Observatory, Twosome Place
T5–Observatory, Weeny Beeny
Best Time To Visit
N Seoul Tower is a must-visit attraction in any season! You can enjoy the cherry blossoms during spring, pleasant weather during summer, the autumn foliage during fall, and the cold snow during winter.
If you want to avoid big crowds, visit during the early morning as many people come during the afternoon to witness the sunset, also during the night for the city view of the Seoul Skyline.
Our group used Klook to buy our Namsan Tower Experience. We bought our tickets for a round ₱240 ($12) for convenience and a discounted price. I recommend booking with Klook, especially for first-time visitors to score great deals and avoid queuing. Just click the link above to buy the tickets in advance or use your Discover Seoul Pass to get access to the observatory deck for FREE. Or you can buy your tickets on the first floor of the tower.
Observatory ticket fee: ₩11,000 for adults, and ₩9,000 for children.
How To Get There
What’s good about the N Seoul Tower is that you have different transportation options without missing the splendid view of the Namsan Park and the mountain itself. The most convenient method is taking the Namsan Cable Car and the free shuttle bus. However, you may opt to bring a car or walk the Namsan trails for a unique experience.
Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 2
Depart from the nearest subway station: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema), or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 4
Depart from the nearest subway station: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Jonggaik Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Dongdaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4, 5), Dongguk Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 3).
From Myeong-dong Station (Seoul subway line 4) exit 3, walk for about 10-15 minutes following the path on the right side of the Pacific Hotel. If you don’t want to walk, you can use the Namsan Oreumi (an outside lift) to avoid the steep stairs while going to the cable car station. This is free and is at Namsan Tunnel No. 3 from Hoehyeon Station.
Operation hours: 10:00- 23:00 (cable car) 9:00-23:00 (Namsan Oreumi)
Cable car fares: ₩9,500 (adult return ticket) ₩6,500 (child return ticket) ₩7,000 (adult one-way ticket) ₩4,000 (children one-way ticket)
Hiking and Walking Trails
Here’s a fresh approach to visiting the Namsan Tower. If you’re a traveler who seeks a close experience to the daily lives of local citizens, you might be interested in hiking the Namsan Trails before relaxing in N Seoul Tower. Different trails are ranging from easy to moderate hikes. Here are the most common starting points.
- Across the street from the cable car station
- From the Namsan Library
- From the National Theater of Korea or the Dongguk University Station Exit 6
- From the Seoul Education Research and Information Institute
- Southern Circuit (healing place)
What to See
LED Technology (Color Change) of the Tower
The N Seoul Tower shows off its advanced technology through the LED lights of the tower. It also features a different cultural art experience inside, like the 3D experience. At night, the N Seoul Tower changes its color according to the air quality which the public can see even from afar.
- Blue- good
- Green- fair
- Yellow- bad
- Red- poor
Get a spectacular view of downtown Seoul in a 360-degree panoramic view inside the observation deck. You can use the binoculars inside to get a closer look at the city below.
The Locks of Love on the roof terrace is the newest attraction in Namsan Tower, where couples spend a romantic trip together and celebrate their love. It is also a great spot to watch the sunset.
Here are other activities you can do during your visit to Namsan Seoul Tower.
- N Grill Revolving Restaurant
- Gift Shop
- 3D Experience Center
- Seoul Plaza
- Namsan Park
- Healing Course
In conclusion, the N Seoul Tower is another must-visit attraction to complete your Seoul experience. Will you visit this iconic landmark?
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