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Why N Seoul Tower is special ?
The N Seoul Tower, (Hangul: N서울타워), officially the YTN Seoul Tower and commonly known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower, is a communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in central Seoul, South Korea. At 236m, it marks the highest point in Seoul.
Built in 1971, the N Seoul Tower is Korea's first general radio wave tower, providing TV and radio broadcasting in Seoul. Currently, the tower broadcast signals for Korean media outlets, such as KBS, MBC and SBS.
The tower's main attractions include multi-colored digital art projected onto the tower at night, a digital observatory, a roof terrace, the HanCook restaurant, the n.Grill restaurant, and the Haneul (Sky) Restroom. N Seoul Tower's mountain surroundings on Namsan (Mt.) have made it a popular place to unwind for locals and tourists alike.
What to explore at N Seoul Tower?
As iconic as kimchi, N Seoul Tower offers panoramic but hazy views of the immense metropolis created almost from scratch after the Korean War. Daytime views are great, but if you come at sunset you can watch the great city morph into a galaxy of twinkling stars. Perched atop Namsan, you can eat in the budget Food Court at ground level or in the more elegant Italian bistro, Sweetree , one floor up. The Beer Garden is another option. High up the tower is Hankook for Korean food and N Grill for expensive Western-style nouveau cuisine served in a revolving restaurant. Other than walking up Namsan to N Seoul Tower or taking the cable car, yet another option is to take yellow bus 2 outside Exit 4 of Chungmuro subway station (Line 3 or 4).
At N Seoul Tower, you will find the highest restroom in Seoul. The stylish Haneul Restroom on the 2nd level of the tower is at an altitude of 350 meters, and shows attention to detail in every aspect of its design, from basins to wallpaper, making it feel more like an art gallery. There is also a special pleasure in having such magnificent views of the city from such an intimate space.
How to get to N Seoul Tower?
To reach the boarding place, walk for about 10~15 minutes following the street of the right side of the Pacific Hotel, after coming out of Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3.
Bus - Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus
Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 02
-Take the bus from the closest subway station: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line), Exit 6.
-Interval: every 15 min.
-Operating hours: 07:00 – 24:00
- Great way to see all of Seoul
- Awesome view from the top
- Important Landmark, Worth A Visit
- Romantic and healthy activity
- Great view, great hike
105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Tips for you
Great views of Seoul, especially at night. You can purchase a lock there and affix it to the fence. A cable car takes you to the base of the tower. There is a cafe and observation deck at the top.
We walked to the N Seoul Tower via the University Station - beginning at the station one can walk through a very tranquil area called Park where the stream meanders under some lovely bridges and plantings. The path then goes up on steps above the city where it meets a road where one continues the walk under overhanging trees along a well worn path/road before splitting up whre we followed the path up to the Seoul Tower track. At the top, there were many buses disgorging lots of passengers from the city below up to the last part of the walk to the tower itself. We were warned about a long queue to go up the tower, but after purchasing our tickets, the wait was only about 30 minutes, the view from the top was fantastic, well worth the wait. The weather was fairly clear so the whole of Seoul was displayed below us. After circumnavigating the observation flkoor, taking lots of pictures. There was a further wait to descend. The Beacons were seen and then the trip down the hill was facilitated by the Cable Car (cost of 6,000W per person) and then followed by the Funicular (free) to get down to the City level. Finishing off with a trip through the Namdaemun Markets to the Sungnyemun Gate (Namdaemun Gate). All together the day was a very pleasant one in Seoul.