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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 237 metre (777-foot) 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.


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