[KOREA] N SEOUL TOWER (남산서울타워) – Travel Diary

N Seoul Tower or commonly known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower is a landmark of Seoul and it’s the very place to enjoy the entire city of Seoul! With the top of the tower is at almost 480m above sea level, including Namsan Mountain (243m) and the tower’s own height (236.7m), making it one of the tallest towers in Seoul.

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To reach the tower, there are two choices of ways you can go. First, you need to ride the Namsan cable car up the Mt. Namsan. To reach the boarding place, you have to walk for about 10-15 minutes following the right side of the Pacific Hotel, after coming out of the exit 3 of Myeongdong Station (Line 4). On the way the way from Pacific Hotel to cable car station, you will see the Namsan Guest House building.

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Namsan cable car station

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Or alternatively, the second way is walking to the tower through Namsan Park. If you have more, you can choose this way and enjoy the beautiful nature of Namsan Park. But since we don’t have enough time on the last day of our #FoodInLoveKOREA trip, we decided to get there by cable car.

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We arrive at the cable car station at 3.30 PM on Saturday and the queue was crazy! We had to queue from the parking area to the boarding place on the second floor and it took about 1,5 hours! So if you’re going to visit N Seoul Tower on weekends or public holiday, we highly suggested you prepare more time for its crazy queue.

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The cable car return ticket is KRW 8,000 while the one-way ticket is KRW 6,000 (in case you want to go/back walking through the Namsan Park. When you ride on the cable car, you can enjoy the nature of Namsan at a glance and the real Namsan will be is in front of your eyes.

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Cable car ticket

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After arriving, you’ll be on the wooden terrace and you shouldn’t miss “Locks of Love” that located at roof terrace, a spacious wooden viewing deck whose exotic atmosphere makes it very popular with lovers. There are thousands of padlocks attached to the fence by romantic couples symbolizing their eternal love.

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From the roof terrace, you need a short walk to the ticket booth if you want to go to the observatory on 5F of the tower. The observatory ticket price is KRW 10,000. Please mind that to entering the lift to the observatory, there is a queue number on your ticket and you only can enter the lift when your number displayed on the screen in front of lift lobby. The waiting time will be around 10-30 minutes depending on the number of visitors.

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The observatory offers the 360° panoramic view of the entire city of Seoul at a glance. You can enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking view of Seoul. Each of the windows is creatively marked with the names of various countries and cities along with their respective distances from Seoul. Stick around for sunset and nightfall, and you’ll be rewarded with the dazzling sight of a constellation of twinkling lights below you.

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Besides the observatory, there also some areas on the first floor where you can enjoy the Namsan ambiance such as the open terrace, cafe, restaurant, souvenir & gift shop, museum, Hello Kitty Island, etc.

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Overall, N Seoul Tower is definitely one of the must-visit places in Seoul and it’s also a landmark and icon of Seoul. This popular tourist spot is also a great place to enjoy the scenery in Seoul from the top observatory with its mountain surroundings.

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How to getting there:
By subway: Take exit 3 of Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), walk for about 10-15 minutes following the right side of the Pacific Hotel to Namsan Cable Car Station.

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N Seoul Tower (남산서울타워)

28, Toegye-ro 34-gil
Seoul, South Korea

Phone: +82-2-3455-9277 / +82-2-3455-9288

Website: www.nseoultower.co.kr/eng/

Operating Hours: Open 365 days a year
Observatory:
Sunday – Friday (10 AM – 11 PM)
Saturday (10 AM – 12 AM)

Entrance fee: KRW 10,000 (observatory)
Cable car ticket: KRW 8,000 (return) / KRW 6,000 (one way)

Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

How to getting there:
By subway: Take exit 3 of Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), walk for about 10-15 minutes following the right side of the Pacific Hotel to Namsan Cable Car Station.

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