Being one of the most symbolic places of Seoul city, N Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan Tower, flaunts the best view as well as a number of entertainment opportunities. Originally built as the country's first general radio wave tower, providing TV and radio broadcasting in Seoul and still broadcasting signals for Korean media outlets, the tower now has become a landmark that attracts almost 12 million visitors a year.
This historic, entertaining tourist attraction was also chosen as one of the Top 500 Global Destinations by Lonely Planet, world's biggest travel publisher, for its value.
Now, let's get straight into it and find out what the tower can offer you.
This 236.7-meter-tall tower is situated on the base of Mountain Namsan which is 537 meter high above sea level. It was built in 1969 at a cost of approximately 2.5 million USD. Originally named Namsan Tower, it changed the name to N Seoul Tower in 2005, with the "N" standing for "New", "Namsan" and "Nature". The tower went through a renovation as it changed the name, which cost approximately 15 billion KRW.
As the original owner of the tower merged with CJ Corporation, one of the biggest conglomerate holding company in Korea, the original value of the tower has been enhanced by various entertainment facilities and opportunities that the company equipped the tower with.
You can ride a bus to get to the top straight away but there's a better way to really take advantage of N Seoul Tower, if you got some more time. Follow the trail beside the castle walls and take your time to appreciate the view. It's the best way to enjoy the site.
As you go on the trail from the entrance of Namsan Park, you will be stopped at the Baekbeom Kim Gu Plaza where you can encounter the statue of Baekbeom Kim Gu, the admired fighter for Korean independence. Great part of the tower is that, you get to pick up some pieces of the country history here and there.
The tower is regarded as one of the most romantic spots in the country, boasting a number of "Seoul tower Locks of Love" all over the place. It's a must-visit site for young Korean couples where they leave the Seoul tower locks with their names and words of love written on it, and throw the keys away to wish the ever-lasting love. Inevitably, you will see a lot of young locals enjoying a date around the place.
There's a store that sells locks but you can also bring you own, which is actually the cheaper way. If you guys are lovers travelling to Korea, you should definitely give it a go. It will be remembered. All the colors as well as the view will help you get a photogenic shot, too.
As having the fame of being one of the most romantic spots around the city, the tower offers a range of other romantic attractions as well, including the stairs of proposal, love tunnel, love bridge and more. No wonder young couples come to visit the tower.
Palgakjeong pavilion was established to honor the first president of Korea, Seungman Lee, but it was demolished as a part of the 4.19 Revolution in 1960, when the people demonstrated against the dictatorship of the president.
The pavilion was re-built in November, 1968 and now has become a symbolic site for the tower.
From level 1 to level 4, you will find OLED panels displayed all over the place. OLEDs refer to the light, thin, flexible, state-of-the-art displays. Presented by the global electronic company LG Electronics and LG Display, the panels decorated inside the tower create the world's largest cutting-edge media art structures.
You will discover a wide range of OLED panels, from a 9-meter OLED tunnel to a 24-meter long wavy, round belt shaped structure. They provide incredibly dynamic media art structures as well as a chance to experience the 3D video technology.
You can ride the N Seoul tower cable car to go up to the observatory which will cost you around 10,000 KRW. This 605-meter-long N Seoul tower cable car runs 3.2 m/s and takes about 3 minutes to go all the way up to the observatory (one way). The N Seoul tower cable car can accommodate maximum of 38 persons and has 138 meters of height difference from the bottom to the top.
It has been much loved by the locals as well as a number of foreign tourists for over 40 years since you can have the best panoramic view as you go up. It's recommended that you go early before noon if you mind waiting and crowded since it's usually more packed with people in the afternoon / at night.
The highlight of N Seoul Tower is definitely the night view it offers. You will be amazed to see the whole city covered in the flowing lights. The lighting of the tower is what enhances the beauty even more, providing one of the most dynamic, romantic night view. Naturally enough, the tower is lot more crowded at night times, with all those people coming to see the mesmerizing view.
The tower is surrounded by a number of places worth a visit as well, including Namdaemun Market, Myeongdong or Namsangol Hanok Village. Take these into consideration when you're planning your day tour to Namsan Tower, it will complete the tour better. Shopping, nice stroll and historic tourist attraction all at once.
Map of the tower
Address : 105, Namsan-gongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
- Weekdays / Sunday : 10:00 ~ 23:00
- Saturday : 10:00 ~ 24:00
- Open all year round.
*Admission for the observatory is due 30 minutes before closing time.
N Seoul tower Entrance Fees (Observatory) : Adults 10,000 KRW / Children 8,000 KRW
How to get to N Seoul Tower
- Subway Line 3 / 4 Chungmuro Station → Exit 2, Daehan Cinema → Bus 02, 03, 05
- Subway Line 3 Dongguk Uni → Exit 6 → Bus 02, 03, 05
Inquiries : 02-3455-9277 / 9288
* Visit the official website of the tower and find out more info.