7 Tips for N Seoul Tower Visitors: Observatory Tickets, Hours, & More

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Highlights

  • N Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower, the highest point in Seoul, will give you a nice sweeping view of the capital’s skyline.
  • Experience dining in the sky by visiting N.Grill and other restaurants inside N Seoul.
  • Don’t miss the scenic cable car ride and the romantic locks of love area!
  • Receive an instant confirmation of your N Seoul Tower Observatory ticket when you purchase on WAUG — the No.1 activity booking platform from Korea. Visit the product page here.

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Things to Know Before You Visit N Seoul Tower

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Standing on top of Namsan (also referred to as Nam Mountain or 南山), N Seoul Tower is an attraction that’s difficult to miss. It’s an iconic fixture in Seoul, one that looks spectacular from afar and up close. Built in 1969, it primarily serves as a radio transmission tower for broadcast companies like KBS, MBC, and SBS TV. The structure beams magnificently at night and enables 48% of the national population to tune in to their favorite programs, as noted on its official website here.

The N Seoul Tower area was opened to the public in 1980 and has since become a popular go-to spot for locals and foreigners visiting Korea. It not only offers a 360° view of the megalopolis from its observatory, it also houses commercial establishments and amenities that’s enjoyed by many. If you’re thinking about visiting N Seoul Tower, here are some things that you may want to take note of:

1. N Seoul Tower location

N Seoul Tower’s address is 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. If you’re using WAUG’s Map feature to plan your itinerary, here’s the screenshot of the location:

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N Seoul Tower’s address in Korean: 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)

2. Opening hours

N Seoul Tower is open year-round, which makes it one of the attractions in South Korea that you can visit on a public holiday. The N Seoul Tower Observatory is open at these hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 10am-11pm
  • Saturday: 10am-12am
  • Sunday: 10am-11pm

Final admission is 30 minutes before the closing time.

COVID-19 Update: Is N Seoul Tower open?

As of publish time, N Seoul Tower remains open for public visit. We did not find any published schedule adjustments on their official website.

However, Discover Seoul Pass holders were advised that operating hours of the Observatory was changed to 12pm-10pm temporarily (subject to change without notice).

If you’d like to contact N Seoul Tower, you may do so via Messenger at m.me/lovenseoultower or give them a call +82-2-3455-9277.

3. N Seoul Tower Observatory Ticket Price

No visit to the N Seoul Tower is complete without going to the Observatory! Tickets are quite cheap and may easily be booked online:

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Get discounted tickets on WAUG

  • PRICE: The admission ticket to N Seoul Tower Observatory usually costs $9, but you may book it for less on WAUG at around $5 (HK$40, ₱259, or $7)!
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How to Book on WAUG

Haven’t used WAUG before? Create an account today and receive a welcome discount coupon that you can apply to your purchase! Here’s how to book:

  • Sign up here.
  • Proceed to the booking page of Namsan Tower here.
  • Select the date and quantity.
  • Provide other information and check out.
  • Receive your mobile voucher!

You can also download WAUG on your phone by clicking below:

4. How to Get to Namsan Tower

N Seoul Tower is located in the central part of the capital, so you won’t have to travel far if you’re already settled in. Some ways to get there:

a. N Seoul Tower via Cable Car

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To get to Namsan via the scenic cable car, proceed to Namsan Cable Car Center. You can reach this place via subway by doing the following:

  • Get off at Myeongdong Station and take Exit 3.
  • Find the alley that leads up to Pacific Hotel and walk towards it.
  • Stay on the right side (the road that’s lined with 7-Eleven and GS25) and walk straight ahead. (It will be an uphill walk, which should take around 8-15 minutes depending on your pace.)
  • You’ll find the Cable Car Center at the top of the hill.
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View on Google Maps by clicking here.

Once you’ve reached Namsan Cable Car Center, you can purchase your ticket in the booth. Here are the prices:

  • Adult Tickets for Namsan Cable Car
    • Roundtrip: ₩9,500 (around $8.4)
    • One-way: ₩7,000 (around $6.2)
  • Child Tickets for Namsan Cable Car
    • Roundtrip:  ₩6,500 (around $5.7)
    • One-way: ₩4,000 (around $3.5)

The cable car will take you to Namsan, and you’ll have to walk a little more to reach the tower.

Namsan Cable Car Center is available from 10am-11pm daily. They operate year-round, except if there are weather disturbances that affect operations.

b. N Seoul Tower via Bus

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Credit: Minseong Kim

To go to N Seoul Tower via bus, you can ride the Namsan Shuttle 02, 03, or 05.

Shuttle Bus 02 to N Seoul Tower
  • There’s a bus stop near Chungmuro Station, Exit 2 and Dongguk Univ. Station, Exit 6.
  • Operating hours: 7am-11:30pm (interval of 15 minutes)
Shuttle Bus 03 to N Seoul Tower
  • There’s a stop near Seoul Station, Exit 9, Itaewon Station, Exit 4, and Hangangjin Station, Exit 2.
  • Operating hours: 7am-11:30pm (interval of 15 minutes)
Shuttle Bus 05 to N Seoul Tower
  • There’s a bus stop near Myeongdong Station, Exit 3
  • Operating hours: 7am-11:30pm (interval of 15 minutes)

5. N Seoul Tower Floor Guide

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Credit: N Seoul Tower

Tower 7/F: N.Grill French Restaurant

N.Grill is a revolving French restaurant at the topmost floor of N Seoul Tower. It’s an upscale offering of Michelin-starred chef Duncan Robertson and is known for its European dishes with Korean influences.

The price range for N. Grill lunch menu items is ₩50,000-90,000 (around $44-80), while dinner menu items sell for around ₩95,000-133,000 (around $84-117). If you’re visiting, try their Korean striploin, lobster thermidor, lamb cutlets, and seabass. Reservations at N.Grill restaurant is highly encouraged.

To view the full menu, operating hours, and contact number of this restaurant in N Seoul Tower, click here.

Tower 4/F & 5/F: Observatory, Gift Shop, N Photo Studio, Sky Restroom, etc.

When you’re on the 5/F of the N Seoul Tower, walk around the observation deck to see the city in full view. You will also spot a huge gift shop inside that sells shirts, souvenir items, phone cases, and more.

If you are looking to make your visit to N Seoul Tower more memorable, capture a photo at N Photo Studio or write a postcard for your loved ones (or yourself!).

When nature calls, go to the Sky Restroom. There you’ll probably have the best peeing experience of your life!

Tower 2/F & 3F: Restaurants & Roof Terrace

On these floors, you’ll find more restaurants in N Seoul Tower, such as Hancook (Korean cuisine) and The Place Dining (Italian).

5th Floor & Tower 1/F: Ticket Booth, N. Burger, Hello Kitty Island

On the first two floors of N Seoul Tower, you will find the onsite ticket booth, N Burger Restaurant, Twosome Coffee, Olive Young, and some souvenir stores.

6. Exploring Namsan Park

Aside from N Seoul Tower, locals like to come to Namsan for its nature. It makes for a great place to relax, reflect, and exercise. Many foreigners also visit the mountain area for the following amenities:

Love Locks

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Here’s an area that you don’t want to miss! At Namsan park, you’ll find thousands of love locks, which signify people’s hopes for a relationship that’ll stand the test of time.

If you’re coming to N Seoul Tower with your special someone, you can purchase a lock of love for ₩5,000 (around $4.4) or bring your own (make sure it;s heavy-duty!). If you’re coming to the area alone, well, you can always snap away and enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

Couple-friendly Spaces

N Seoul Tower isn’t called ‘The Romantic Island in the City’ for nothing. Visiting couples will surely feel lovey-dovey at Namsan given the many romantic spots and colorful corners. (If you’re a solo traveler, consider these spaces to be a great addition to your Insta feed!)

Pagoda

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The pagoda found at the foot of N Seoul Tower is perhaps the second most photographed landmark in Namsan. Make sure to take a photo or two at night when it’s fully lit up!

Restaurants & Snack Cart

At Namsan park, there are several snack carts and restaurants that sell amazing meals and snacks. However, the real deal here is the experience since not many food establishments can provide such a dramatic view of Seoul city skyline.

7. N Seoul Tower Facts

Audio guides are available at the N Seoul Tower Observatory, but if you’d like to learn some facts about the attraction, here are a couple:

  • N Seoul Tower is officially referred to as YTN Seoul Tower. It is also called Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower.
  • N Seoul Tower stands 236.7m high or 777ft!
  • On July 2012, N Seoul Tower was ranked the #1 attraction in Korea by foreigners.
  • N Seoul Tower had its first 10 million visitors in May 1990 and 20 million visitors in April 2001.

BONUS: Namsan Tower in K-Dramas

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Did you know that these Korean drama series had N Seoul Tower as one of their shooting locations?

  • The Last Empress
  • Twelve Nights
  • A Korean Odyssey
  • The Legend of the Blue Sea
  • Touching You
  • My Love from Another Star
  • Rooftop Prince
  • Boys Over Flowers
  • My Sweet Soul

That’s it for WAUG’s N Seoul Tower guide! If you’ve any recommendations to add or questions to ask, sound off in the comments section below!

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