Photo: Night view of N Seoul Tower
Rising up from the summit of Namsan Mountain (262m) is a beloved city landmark that has come to represent the city itself: N Seoul Tower. Since the completion of construction in 1975, the tower has been a favorite attraction for both locals and international visitors.
The tower's multi-functional space has an observatory, restaurants, a museum, a coffee shop, and souvenir shops and is frequented by families, friends, and couples who come to soak in the romantic ambience and gaze upon the stunning city view. Thus, for visitors hoping to get a panoramic view of Seoul, N Seoul Tower is not to be missed, no matter how busy your travel schedule may be. To make the most of the trip, stroll around Namsan Park and observatory close to sunset hours to check out the city's beautiful night landscape.
Located on the fourth floor of the tower, there is a unique restroom called “Sky Restroom,” the highest bathroom in all of Seoul. For the men's room, the special feature lies in the glass wall directly behind the urinals. Don't worry about privacy as the glass walls have a special coating, hiding the inside, while it still offers clear views out. It might sound a little strange to be enjoying views while taking care of one's business, but it surely will be a memorable experience for some!
Roof Terrace is an expansive outdoor observatory on the annex building off N Seoul Tower’s second floor. More than for the view it offers, it is more known as a place for lovebirds to declare their unfailing love. Several years ago, a TV program's main characters visited the terrace and attached 2 padlocks to the fence as a symbol of their love. Since that moment, tens of thousands of love locks can be found hanging around the terrace each day.
The observatory of N Seoul Tower offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Seoul as well as information on Seoul and Namsan Mountain. To get to the observatory, buy a ticket from the ticket desk at the Plaza Square or on the basement level.
☞ Location: Tower 4F – Tower 5F
Photo: Hello Kitty Island interior
(Credit: N Seoul Tower)
Visit the home of beloved character Hello Kitty in this special exhibition. Hello Kitty Island features four rooms, including the Hello Kitty History Hall, Hello Kitty’s bedroom, with a piano and bed, and more. The exhibition has plenty to see, with great photo op locations around every corner.
☞ Location: 5F
Photo: Ssentoy Museum interior
(Credit: N Seoul Tower)
A combination of the Korean word for strong, and toy, Ssentoy Museum & Showroom displays and sells toy figurines difficult to find in Korea. The exhibition space is divided into four areas based on theme. This unique museum allows one to enter the world of animation and movies in one location.
☞ Location: 5F
Photo: Interior of Seoul Tower Plaza
N Seoul Tower was originally erected to serve as a radio transmission tower of Seoul city, therefore limiting civilization access to much of the tower due to safety reasons. After years of renovation projects, the place was reformed and opened in 2015 as another friendly landmark of the city, aptly named “Seoul Tower Plaza.” People can now freely visit and enjoy various cultural programs available on-sites. The tower's inside is decorated with a media arts exhibition comprised of 248 OLED light panels, capturing Seoul's representative cultural figures including the four seasons at Gwanghwamun Gate and Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul's beautiful sky and more in creative ways from the first floor to the fourth. After viewing the lighting displays, visitors can exit and tour Namsan Mountain following the terrace stairs up to the peak at 243 meters.
☞ Location: B1F-4F
The revolving restaurant N-Grill atop N Seoul Tower is the ultimate dating spot and is frequently used as the scene of marriage proposals. Though the full-course meals and elegant interior are excellent in their own rite, it is the restaurant's panoramic views of the city that are sure to impress. As diners enjoy their meal, the restaurant slowly rotates counterclockwise, making a full revolution every 1 hour and 40 minutes. All tables are set facing the windows, assuring you with the "best seat in the house" no matter where you sit.
☞ Location: Tower 7F
HanCook is a Korean-style buffet restaurant popular among family visitors. It offers a classic ambience and about 30 different dishes. Most tables accommodate up to four guests. There's packaged program readily available, which visitors can purchase to enjoy the combined benefit of touring the observatory as well as dinner at HanCook at a lower price.
☞ Location: Tower 3F
This souvenir shop has a cozy and welcoming ambience. Among the usual souvenirs, visitors can also find padlocks, Korean traditional gift items, and stationery available for purchase. Locks can be attached to the nearby fence as part of the well-known tradition of "love locks" started by a popular Korean drama.
☞ Location: 5F, Tower 1F, Tower 5F
There are a variety of ways to get to N Seoul Tower. Each method has its own pros and cons, so tourists can choose the option that best matches their schedule and tour budget. On another note, access to N Seoul Tower by passenger vehicle (cars and/or taxis) is restricted to reduce the environmental impact on Namsan Park. Visitors coming by car should consider parking at a lot near one of the Namsan shuttle bus stops.
(1) Namsan Shuttle Bus (Circulation Bus)
- Circulation Bus No. 2: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Lines 3 & 4), Exit 2 (in front of the Daehan Cinema) or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
(Operating hours 07:00-23:30)
- Circulation Bus No. 3: Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Lines 1 & 4), Exit 9 or Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 4 or Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2.
(Operating hours 07:00-23:30)
- Circulation Bus No. 5: Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3 or Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Lines 3 & 4), Exit 2 (in front of the Daehan Cinema).
(Operating hours 07:30-23:30)
(2) Cable Car
Directions to the Namsan Mountain Cable Car Station:
- Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3. Take the road to the right of Pacific Hotel and walk for about 10 minutes.
- From Hoehyeon Intersection (Between Myeongdong & Hoehyeon Subway Stations of Seoul Subway Line 4) walk towards Namsan Tunnel 3 and take the free Namsan Oreumi elevator to the cable car station.
The Namsan Cable Car is a 3-minute cable car ride that runs from the base of Namsan Mountain to N Seoul Tower, offering a splendid view of Seoul the entire way up. The cable car can accommodate up to 48 people and is much less congested in the morning when there are fewer visitors. Riders can typically board the cable car within 10 minutes of purchasing their ticket.
* Hours: 10:00-23:00 (1 hour extended operation Friday-Saturday, and the day before public holidays depending on the circumstance.)
Namsan Oreumi is a free outdoor elevator that runs between the commemorative plaza in front of Namsan Tunnel 3 and Namsan Cable Car. The elevator covers a distance of 140m and can accommodate up to 20 passengers. With glass on all sides, the Namsan Oreumi offers a unique and convenient way to get to the cable car station.
* Hours: 09:00-23:00 (Closed on Mondays 09:00-14:00 for regular maintenance)
(3) Seoul City Tour Bus
|Type||Downtown/Palace Course||Single-level Night Course|
|Operating hours||09:00-20:00 (Last departure 18:00)||19:00 Departure|
|Intervals||30 minute intervals on weekdays
(25 minute intervals on Saturday,
Sunday& national holidays)
|Once a day|
|Route time||Approx. 2 hours||Approx. 1.5 hours|
* Departure point: Koreana Hotel near Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 6.
* City Tour Bus does not operate on Mondays (Exception: national holiday falling on a Monday, and during summer peak season (4th week of July to August 15))
☞ Related page: Seoul City Tour
* This column was last updated in August 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.
<Last updated on August 18, 2016>