Namsan Tower is located at the top of Mt. Namsan. In fact, it is right in the middle of the city. The exact middle point is near the bus stop on on the hill. Upon arriving by bus, you will need to hike up a steep little road before arriving at the Namsan Tower.
What is Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)
Namsan Tower is known for many things: the cable car ride, the nice trekking at Namsan Park, the great aerial view of the city, museums and café. At a height of almost 240m, the tower has an onservatory deck that offers an amazing view of the city. The iconic letter “N” was the result of the remodeling of the tower in 2005. Since then, the place is known as N Seoul Tower, with beautiful bright lights at night.
I Hate Namsan Tower Because
I am sure you know about the love lock and its spread around the world. A little back story: it started in France, where lovers ‘lock’ their love by writing their names on a lock and locking it on Pont des Arts bridge and throwing the key into the seine river. This symbolizes that their love will be locked together forever. So this love lock fever spread all across the world.
Korea is no exception. On Namsan Tower, you will see that the entire bridge is filled with love locks. In fact, there are 3 huge “Christmas Tree” like structure with love locks all over the place. Not only that, you see cute couples there, doing their couple things. Because I was there alone, it felt so horrible. That morning, Valentin left South Korea for Japan, so I was the only one left in Seoul. I wanted to visit this place with him, however, we did not have enough time. Well he also did not like such cheesy things. It was our first ‘longest goodbye’ (6 days of being apart) so I felt very emotional the entire day. Looking at couples together and making promises that their love will last longer than time itself was rather depressing that day.
Nonetheless, this place is great for lovers. One of the cutest things there is a “broken” bench sinking towards the middle. It is from a Korean drama, where the guy and girl “sink” towards each other in the middle. Credits: Kimmy
From the popular TV drama, Princess Hour, you can also find the famous Teddy Bear Museum on N Seoul Tower! The museum showcases teddy bears as humans and they are awfully adorable! Credits: Cheryl Chan
There are 3 ways to get there: bus, cable car or car.
Getting to N Seoul Tower by Bus
There is a Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus service that brings you to different places, depending on the bus. Cost: 850 won (with card)
- Bus No. 02
Pick Up: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line), Exit 6.
Operating Hour: 0700 – 2400
Bus Route: N Seoul Tower → Namsan Public Library → Seoul Education Research & Information Institute → Namsan Walk B Course → Seoul Animation Center, Soongeui Women’s College → Teogyero 3-ga Hanok Village → Daehan Cinema → Teogyero 5-ga → Ambassador Hotel → Dongguk Univ. Station → National Theater of Korea → Namsan North Side Circuit Entry → N Seoul Tower
- Bus No. 03
Pick Up: Seoul Station, Seoul Square (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 9 or Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 4 or / Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2.
Every: 20 min
Operating Hour: 0730 – 2330
Bus route: N Seoul Tower → Namsan Public Library → Baekbeom Plaza→ Huam Inersection → Namdaemun Police Station → Seoul Station → Namdaemun Market → Namsan Tunnel 3 → Yongsan Hanshin Apartment → Haebangchon → Itaewon Yongsan-gu Office → Hamilton Hotel → Itaewon Fire Branch Office → Hangangjin Station → Beoti Gogae → Songdo Hospital → Yaksu Station→ Dongguk Univ. Station → National Theater of Korea → Namsan North Side Circuit Entry → N Seoul Tower
- Bus No. 05
Pick Up: Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3 or Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema).
Every: 15 min
Operating Hour: 0730 – 2330
Bus route: N Seoul Tower → Namsan Public Library → Baekbeom Plaza → Hilton Hotel → Namdaemun Market, Accessory Arcade → Namdaemun Market → Entrance to Myeong-dong → Teogyero 3-ga, Hanok Village, Korea House → Daehan Cinema → Teogyero 5-ga → Teogyero 6-ga → Gwanghui-dong Crossroads → Chugnmu Art Hall, Jungbu Fire Station → Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town → Sindang-dong, Cheongo Station → Yaksu Station → Dongguk Univ. Station → National Theater of Korea → Namsan North Side Circuit Entry → N Seoul Tower
Getting to N Seoul Tower by Cable Car
Pick Up: Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) Exit 3, walk 15min towards Pacific Hotel
Operating Hour: 1000 – 2300
Cost: from Adults 6,000 won / Children & Seniors 3,500 won
Getting to N Seoul Tower by Car
Driving is the third option. The parking lot in Namsan Cable Car is free for the first 30min, and 500won for each 10min after. The Namsan Park is 1,300won for the first hour, and 300won for each 10min after.
N Seoul Tower Information
Name of Place: N Seoul Tower
Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)
Operating Hours: 1000 – 2300, Sunday – Friday. 1000 – 0000, Saturday
Contact Number: +82-2-3455-9277, 9288
Inside N Seoul Tower:
Lobby: Entrance to observatory, information desk, Alive Museum, N Gift, N Sweet Bar, cafe, nursing room
Plaza 1F – The Best Burger in Seoul, N Terrace, N Gift, ticket booth, Food O’clock
Plaza 2F – The Place Dining (Italian restaurant), roof terrace
Tower 1F – Hancook (Korean Restaurant)
Tower 2F – The Wishing Pond, Sky Restroom, Sky Coffee, N Photo Studio
Tower 3F – Observatory, The BA:NG (Gift shop), Weenybeeny, N Photo
Tower 5F – N Grill (French restaurant)
Enjoy your time with your loved ones there!
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