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N Seoul Tower

This Seoul landmark can be seen from miles around and offers the finest panoramas of the city.

N Seoul Tower’s first use was as a TV and radio broadcast tower in 1969. It instantly became a landmark thanks to its height and location on the peak of Namsan Mountain. Today, the 777-foot (237 meter) tower offers unparalleled views of Seoul and beyond from its observation deck, as well as restaurants, cinemas and performance spaces.

The tower first opened as a tourist attraction in 1980, and its famous light displays were added in 2005, and the letter “N” was added to its name. The N stands for “new” look.

Head up the tower and take in the 360-degree panorama from the observatory. You can purchase tickets from a booth outside the tower. The observatory level is a good place to dine; options include a French restaurant that rotates fully every 48 minutes.  

Its views are just one aspect of the N Seoul Tower. The complex also houses the Teddy Bear Museum, a lovingly compiled collection of stuffed toys. Couples may want to fasten a romantic padlock on the roof terrace on N Plaza, as is the tradition. Otherwise, throw heart-shaped coins into the Wishing Pond inside the tower.

N Seoul Tower’s other claim to fame is that it has the highest restrooms in the city. The Haneul Restroom can be found on the second floor of the tower, and has been described as more art gallery than public amenity. It’s probably the best view of Seoul you can get while washing your hands.

The tower is regularly illuminated after dark with seasonal light displays. These can be admired from Mt. Namsan itself, or gazing up from down on street level. Remember to take your camera.

The easiest way to get up to the tower is on the Namsan cable car from Hoehyeon-dong. Cable cars depart regularly, and will get you to the Mt. Namsan stop in an impressive three minutes. From here, it’s a short walk to N Seoul Tower.

N Seoul Tower is open year-round. It’s open until late in the evening. Hold off your visit if it’s cloudy, as you won’t see very far.

Popular Activities at N Seoul Tower

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Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong ¥9,214
Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong

Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong

52, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Seoul, walking distance from Namdaemun Market, Sungnyemun Gate, and Postal Museum of Korea. Also nearby are Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch and Bank of Korea Museum.

    Lotte Hotel Seoul ¥18,953
    Lotte Hotel Seoul

    Lotte Hotel Seoul

    30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Seoul City Hall and Lotte Department Store. Deoksugung Palace and Cheonggyecheon are also within 10 minutes. Euljiro 1-ga Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 5 minutes.

      L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE ¥13,917
      L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE

      L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE

      137 Toegye-ro Jung-gu, Seoul
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Myeongdong Street and Namsan Park. Seoul City Hall and Gyeongbok Palace are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun ¥9,684
        ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun

        ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun

        36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun Market are also within 3 mi (5 km). City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Seoul Station is 11 minutes.

          Sejong Hotel ¥9,593
          Sejong Hotel

          Sejong Hotel

          145, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Myeongdong, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Namsan Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gyeongbok Palace and War Memorial of Korea. Korea University is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

            Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong ¥11,125
            Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong

            Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong

            362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Dongdaemun Station is 26 minutes by foot.

              Grand Hyatt Seoul ¥23,806
              Grand Hyatt Seoul

              Grand Hyatt Seoul

              322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Itaewon, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Botanical Garden, Itaewon Antique Furniture Street, and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Itawon Street and Blue Square are also within 15 minutes. Itaewon Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hangangjin Station is 14 minutes.

                Ramada Hotel and Suites Seoul Namdaemun
                Ramada Hotel and Suites Seoul Namdaemun

                Ramada Hotel and Suites Seoul Namdaemun

                27 Chilpae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate, Namdaemun Market, and Seoul Museum of Art. Lotte Outlets - Seoul Station Branch and Deoksugung Palace are also within 15 minutes. Seoul Station is 8 minutes by foot and City Hall Station is 9 minutes.