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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.

Want to be sure to get the most out of your visit here? Here are a list of popular activities that will help you:

For more activities, check out our Seoul things to do page.


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Lotte Hotel Seoul ¥19,470
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.

    Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong ¥7,158
    Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong

    Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong

    48, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Myeongdong Street and Lotte Department Store. Namsan Park and Seoul City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 4-minute walk and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 6 minutes.

      ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun ¥9,806
      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 History and Culture Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Seoul Station is 11 minutes.

        Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong ¥11,265
        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, Namdaemun Market, and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 6 minutes by foot and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 8 minutes.

          Hotel Venue G ¥4,402
          Hotel Venue G

          Hotel Venue G

          117, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Jongno, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cheonggyecheon, Myeongdong Street, and Lotte Department Store. Jogyesa Temple and Seoul City Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Jongno 3-ga Station and Euljilo 3-ga Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong ¥9,366
            Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong

            Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong

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

              Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namdaemun Market, Postal Museum of Korea, and Bank of Korea Museum. Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch and Sungnyemun Gate are also within 10 minutes. Hoehyeon Station is only a 2-minute walk and Myeong-dong Station is 8 minutes.

              L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE ¥14,973
              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 Nanta Theatre, Namsan Park, and Myeongdong Street. Namdaemun Market and Sungnyemun Gate are also within 15 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 2-minute walk and Chungmuro Station is 8 minutes.

                Millennium Hilton Seoul ¥15,854
                Millennium Hilton Seoul

                Millennium Hilton Seoul

                50, Sowol-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in a regional park, just steps from Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch and Namsan Park. Sungnyemun Gate and Namdaemun Market are also within 10 minutes. Hoehyeon Station is only a 5-minute walk and Seoul Station is 10 minutes.