Surrounded by lush green hills is Seoul’s top attraction and symbol: the Namsan (N) Seoul Tower. Located atop Mount Namsan it is not only a top tourist attraction but also the highest point of the capital. As such, it offers an amazing panoramic view of Seoul’s skyline, both during the day and night.
The capital city is an immense metropolis but it’s hard to see how big it really is while wandering the streets. Seeing Seoul from the top of the 237-metre high Namsan (N) Seoul Tower, people realise how big it is.
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- 1 About Namsan Tower
- 2 Top tips & Facts
- 3 Things to do at Namsan Tower
- 4 Things to do around Namsan Tower
About Namsan Tower
The N Seoul Tower is a fantastic spot to enjoy a 360-degree view of the city. Also known as the Namsan Tower and Seoul Tower, it is a communication and observation tower in Korea and located on Namsan Mountain. The second observation tower is the Busan Tower. Construction of the tower started in 1969 and broadcasting began in 1971. It provided broadcasting for TV stations and still does for major TV stations like KBS, MBC and SBS. The Namsan Tower was opened to the public in 1980. The tower became a popular attraction for locals and tourists following a major refurbishment in 2005. Reopened as N Seoul Tower, the N meaning “nature”, “Namsan” and “new”.
Everything was designed to make the N Seoul Tower a top attraction. All the ingredients to make out for a perfect day are included: location, shopping, entertainment, food, games, etc…Its central location makes it easily accessible to locals and tourists.
Top tips & Facts
- N Seoul Tower Observatory is a landmark attraction in Seoul where you can enjoy the best views of the Korean capital.
- Even though you get the best views from the observation decks, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Seoul from the roof terrace and the lobby for free!
- N Seoul Tower is officially referred to as YTN Seoul Tower. It is also called Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower.
- N Seoul Tower stands 236.7m high or 777ft!
- Admission to the observation decks is free if you dine at n.GRILL (lunch or full course dinner)
How to get to Namsan Seoul Tower
There are several ways to get to the N Seoul Tower. Choose the one adapted to your preference and budget.
Namsan Cable Car
As well as being the most picturesque way to reach N Seoul Tower, Namsan Cable Car (NCC) is also the quickest way to get there. As you reach the top, you see the beautiful scenery of Namsan Park and the city.
To get to Namsan Cable Car you need to take the underground line 4 to Myeong-dong Station. From there, you can either:
- Walk from Exit 3 for about 15 mins to Namsan Cable Car
- Take the free “Namsan Cable Car Shuttle” bus from Myeong-dong Station, Exit 1.
- Get on the Namsan Oreumi (elevator) from Myeong-dong Station, Exit 4.
The cable car operates every day from 10 am to 11 pm. Access may be restricted due to bad weather.
An adult ticket costs 7,000 won (one way) and 9,500 won for a return (for children, it’s 6,500 won and 4,000 won respectively).
Namsan Shuttle bus
Depending on your location, you can take one of these shuttle buses to reach the tower. Each journey will cost 600 won with T Money or cash.
- Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 02: Chungmuro Station on lines 3 and 4, take exit 2 and Dongguk University Station on line 3, take exit 6
- Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus N0. 03: Seoul Station (lines 1 & 4), Exit 9 or Itaewon Station on line 6, Exit 4
- Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 04: Dongguk Univ. Station on line 3
- Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 05: Myeong-dong Station on line 4, Exit 3 or Yaksu Station (lines 3 & 6), Exit 2
City tour bus
Seoul City Tour Bus offers several tours to the most popular attractions within the city. You can take the Downtown Palace Course or the Night Course. Buses depart from Donghwa Duty-Free (Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 6)
- Seoul City Tour Yellow Bus / Panorama Course – 18,000 won
- Seoul City Tour Bus Downtown Palace Namsan Course – 18,000 won
- Seoul City Tour Bus Night Course – 15,000 won
- Klook Namsan Shuttle Bus
A taxi is always a convenient and comfortable way to get around even though it’s a little more expensive. Please note that to preserve Namsan Park, cars and taxis are not allowed to go all the way up the tower. As a result, taxis will stop at the foot of the cable car.
Walking up to N Seoul Tower is possible, however, it may be a little challenging. If you love walking and hiking, walking the Namsan trails is a unique experience.
There are three possible trails you can take to get to Namsan Tower:
- Sam-soon Steps: Take the famous Sam-soon Steps to to Palgakjung Pavilion. Takes 40 minutes ( close to Hoehyeon Station)
- Namsan Public Library: Entrance is in front of the library and follow the Southern Circuit, 30 minutes
- National Theater of Korea: Take the Souther Circuit from the ticket office and walk for 40 minutes or take take the stairs (30 minutes)