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Namsan Seoul Tower & Getting There | Seoul, South Korea

N Seoul Tower 남산서울타워

Ways to get there, Hot Spots, Floor Guide, Season Highlights, Walking/Hiking Trails & Maps

서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가) | 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Namsan Seoul Tower - Admission Fees
  • Observatory (for 360 degree panoramic view of Seoul) - Adult: ₩21,000 / Senior (age 65 & above) & Child (age 13 & above): ₩16,000

  • Korea Local 360º VR Tour - Free

Multiple travel options available: Namsan Shuttle Bus, Cable Car or Walk.

Explore a different path on every visit.
Note: Taxi is prohibited from entering the park for environment protection.

Recommended Course to N Seoul Tower by CABLE CAR (esp. on your first visit)

1. Getting to Namsan Cable Car Station

From Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 1), take the hourly Shuttle Bus Service (operating hours 12:00 - 20:30) with "Namsan Cable Car" sign to Namsan Cable Car Station. Latest shuttle bus timetable.

Free Namsan Shuttle Bus to Namsan Cable Car Station | KoreaToDo

OR

b) take a taxi (4 mins from Myeongdong Station, exit 1-4)

Namsan Cable Car Station 남산 케이블카
서울특별시 중구 소파로 83 | 83, Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
10:00-23:00

Adult: ₩15,000 (round-trip) & ₩12,000 (1-way)  / Senior (age 65 & older) & Child (age 3-12): ₩11,500 (round-trip) & ₩9,000 (1-way)

OR

c) walk uphill (10-15 mins)

From Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 3), walk towards the left of 7-11 convenience store, go straight and walk towards the right of Pacific Hotel and walk uphill. Walk up the stairs to Namsan Cable Car Station.

OR

From Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 4), you will see McDonald's in front. Walk straight 300m and turn left at the main junction (with Shinsagae Department Store diagonally-right). Go straight and you will see the Namsan Oreumi Elevator about 300m ahead. 10 mins walk.

 

Take the outdoor inclined elevator (free, 9:00-23:00, closed on Mondays 9:00-14:00 for maintenance) straight to Namsan Cable Car Station, 2 mins.

Walk towards Namsan Oreumi Elevator to Namsan Cable Car Station | KoreaToDo

2. Take Namsan Cable Car Ride to N Seoul Tower

At Namsan Cable Car Station, take the cable car to Namsan Seoul Tower and enjoy the best view of Seoul.

  • Adult (1-way/return) - ₩12,000 / ₩15,000

  • Child age 3-12 & Senior above age 65 (1-way/return) - ₩9,000 / ₩11,500

N Seoul Tower - Cable Car Rides | KoreaToDo

3. Enjoy & Explore N Seoul Tower

4. Getting Down from N Seoul Tower

From Namsan Seoul Tower, take a leisure walk down the mountain (especially beautiful in autumn for its autumn foliage and cherry blossom in spring) in the same direction as the bus going down to reach the base with Namsan Shuttle Bus's Bus Stop (@Namsan Public Library) right ahead. 30-40 mins walk.

 

Alternatively, from Namsan Seoul Tower, you can take Shuttle Bus No. 01A / 01B (shorter journey) back to Namsan Yejang Bus Transfer Parking Lot (4 mins walk to Myeongdong Station) or your next destination.

Namsan Shuttle Bus

Getting to Namsan Seoul Tower by Shuttle Bus

Shuttle Bus No# 01A

  • every 6-9 mins, 6:30 - 23:00, daily, ₩1,400 (cashless, T-money accepted)

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Shuttle Bus No# 01B

  • every 15-18 mins, 6:30 - 23:00, daily, ₩1,400 (cashless, T-money accepted)

Bus to N Seoul Tower | KoreaToDo

Namsan Shuttle Bus Routes:

1. Shuttle Bus# 01A

Namsan Yejang Bus Transfer Parking Lot (4 mins walk from Myeongdong Station, exit 1) → Toegye-ro 3-ga. Hanok Village. Korea House → Chungmuro Station (line 3/4, exit 2, bus stop is 20m ahead, 15 mins bus ride to Namsan Seoul Tower). Daehan Theater → Toegye-ro 5-ga. Jaeil Hospital → Jangchung Culture and Sports Center. Site of Kwon Ki-ok → Dongguk Univ. Station (line 3, exit 6, 10 mins bus ride to Namsan Seoul Tower). Jangchung-dong → National Theater of Korea. Banyan Tree Hotel → Namsan North Ring Road Entrance → Namsan Seoul Tower → Namsan Public Library → Baekbeom Plaza (Turning) → Hilton Hotel → Namdaemun Traditional Market Accessory Shopping Center → City Hall → Seoul Shinmun → KT Gwanghwamun Branch Office → National Palace Museum of Korea → Cheongwadae (Blue House) → Chunchumun → Gyeongbokgung Palace. National Folk Museum of Korea → Anguk Station. Insa-dong → South Insa Madang → Jongno 2-ga. Samilgyo Bridge → Namdaemun Semuseo. Seoul Paik Hospital → Namsan Yejang Bus Transfer Parking Lot

2. Shuttle Bus# 01B

Namsan Yejang Bus Transfer Parking Lot (Starting Point, 4 mins walk from Myeongdong Station, exit 1)Chungmuro Station (line 3/4, exit 2, bus stop is 20m ahead, 15 mins bus ride to Namsan Seoul Tower). In front of Daehan Theater → Dongguk Univ. Station (line 3, exit 6, 10 mins bus ride to N Seoul Tower). Jangchung-dong → National Theater of Korea. Banyan Tree Hotel → Namsan Seoul Tower → Namsan Library → Namsan Cable Car. Namsan Trail Entrance (Final Stop) → Namsan Yejang Bus Transfer Parking Lot

Nearest Station to Seoul Tower

Map of Bus Stop from Dongguk Univ. Station (line 3, exit 6)

Notes: Search for 'Donguk Univ.​' instead when using MetroidHD app.

Map of Shuttle Bus #01A/01B Bus Stop from Dongguk Station (line 3) | KoreaToDo

Map of Bus Stop from Chungmuro Station

(line 3/4, exit 2)

Map of Shuttle Bus# 01A/01B from Chungmuro Station (line 3/4) | KoreaToDo

Map of Namsan Yejang Bus Transfer Parking Lot from

Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 1)

Map of Walking Direction from Myeogndong Station to Namsan Yejang Bus Transfer Parking Lot | KoreaToDo

*No Longer In Operation*

Namsan Shuttle Bus No. 02, 03 and 05

1. Namsan Shuttle Bus No. 02 (every 16 mins, 7:00-23:30)

N Seoul Tower → Namsan Library → Seoul Education Research & Information Institute  → Namsan Cable Car - Namsan Sanchaengno Entrance → Seoul Animation Center, Soongeui Women's Univ. → Teogyero 3-ga, Namsangol Hanok Village → Chungmuro Station, line 3/4, exit 2 (15 mins to Seoul Tower) → Teogyero 5-ga, Jeil Hospital → Ambassador Hotel → *Dongguk Univ. Station, line 3, exit 6 (10 mins to Seoul Tower) → National Theatre of Korea → Namsan Northern Circuit Entry (for the walk up Seoul Tower) → N Seoul Tower

2. Namsan Shuttle Bus No. 03 (every 18 mins, 7:00-23:30)

N Seoul Tower → Namsan Library → Baekbeom Plaza → Huam Intersection → Namdaemun Police Station → Seoul Station, line 1/4, exit 9 (40 mins to Seoul Tower) → Namdaemun Market → Namsan Tunnel 3 → Yongsan Hanshin Apartment → Haebangchon → Itaewon Yongsan-gu Office → Itaewon Station, exit 4 to the front of Hamilton Hotel (25 mins to Seoul Tower) → Itaewon Fire Branch Office → Hannam-dong Community Center → Hangangjin Station, line 6, in front of exit 2 → Beoti Gogae → Songdo Hospital → Yaksu Station, exit 7 → Yaksu Station, exit 1 → Dongguk Univ. Station → National Theatre of Korea → Namsan Northern Circuit Entry → N Seoul Tower

3. Namsan Shuttle Bus No. 05 (every 16 mins, 7:00-23:30)

Namsan Seoul Tower → Namsan Library → Baekbeom Plaza → Hilton Hotel → Namdaemun Market, Accessories Arcade → Namdaemun Market → Myeongdong Station, line 4, exit 3 (30 mins to Seoul Tower) → Teoyero 3-ga, Namsangol Hanok Village → Chungmuro Station, line 3/4, exit 2 (25 mins to Seoul Tower) → Teogyero 5-ga, Jeil Hospital → Teogyero 6-ga → Gwanghui-dong Crossroads → Chungmu Art Center, Sports Center → Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town → Sindang-dong, Cheonggu Station → Yaksu Station, exit 2, Jungu Library → Dongguk Univ. Station →  National Theatre of Korea → Namsan Northern Circuit Entry → N Seoul Tower

4. Shuttle Bus No. 01 (renamed to 01A, effective 25 Nov 2023)
5. Shuttle Bus No. 8001 (renamed to 01B, effective 25 Nov 2023, operates daily)

💡With the reduction of bus services to Namsan Seoul Tower post-covid, the bus might be crowded particularly during weekends and peak cherry blossoms/autumn foliage seasons.

N Seoul Tower - #1 Tourist Attraction in Seoul

​N Seoul Tower (or Namsan Seoul Tower), sitting on top Namsan Mountain is the #1 Tourist Attraction and symbol of Seoul.

It is the iconic filming location for many popular Korean dramas (e.g. A Korean Odyssey, My Love From The Star, Boys Over Flowers) and TV shows (e.g. Running Man).

Besides its fantastic day and night views, it has a lot to offer, from its numerous dining options, adventure theme parks, game arcade, observatory with 360-degree panoramic view of Seoul, photo-taking hot spots, scenic hiking trails and more.

N Seoul Tower - History, Height & Night Scene

Namsan Seoul Tower was first established as a broadcast tower to send out TV and radio signals in 1969.

The top of the tower is at 479.7m above sea level with Namsan Mountain at 243m and the tower’s own height at 236.7m, making it one of the tallest towers in the East.

The view of the tower is amazing beautiful in different season. On nightfall, N Seoul Tower lights up in different colour to show the air quality that can be viewed from afar by the public. BLUE - Good, GREEN - Average, YELLOW - Bad and RED - Poor.

Attractions at N Seoul Tower

Popular Love Locks at N Seoul Tower

One of the most well-known attractions at Namsan Tower is probably the love locks. You can find love locks in all shapes and colours hanging at every outdoor railings at N Seoul Tower. The gift shops at Seoul Tower also sell many interesting looking locks.

Free Photo Spots at N Seoul Tower & Seoul Tower Plaza

Seoul City Wall - Namsan (Mongmyeoksan) Mountain Trail

Most of the wall sections around Namsan Mountain have been restored to their original appearance from the preservation, restoration and recovering projects.

A section of Seoul City Wall (Namsan Mountain Trail) runs from the Wooden Stairway of Namsan Dulle-gil Trail (near National Theater of Korea) towards N Seoul TowerFrom Namsan Park Bus Stop at the top of Namsan Mountain, the Seoul City Wall extended 1.6km to Baekbeom Square Park, foot of Namsan Mountain.

Floor Guide of N Seoul Tower & Seoul Tower Plaza

What to See & Eat at N Seoul Tower & Seoul Tower Plaza

4 Seasons & Favourite Scenes

Spring at N Seoul Tower

Spring is one of the best times to walk up/down Namsan Mountain and enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Notes: Cherry blossoms at Namsan Mountain generally flower at least one week later than other parts of Seoul (e.g. the popular Yeouido or Seokchon Lake) due to its higher altitude.

Summer at N Seoul Tower

Autumn at N Seoul Tower

Winter at N Seoul Tower

Views from N Seoul Tower

Nightfall at Seoul Tower Plaza

Best Kept Secret - Hiking Courses

Hiking to/from N Seoul Tower via Namsan Dulle-gil Trail

For the keen travellers who would like to experience N Seoul Tower like the locals, why not consider getting there by foot from the base of Namsan Mountain? Alternatively, you can get to N Seoul Tower by bus or cable car and have a leisure walk down the mountain.

Pick from our 4 hiking routes to/fro N Seoul Seoul from the easiest to the stairs challengers.

Hiking Course 1: N Seoul Tower ⇄ Namsan Library (The Easiest)

This is the easiest course, walking on pedestrian path alongside the road used only by authorised vehicles (e.g. public shuttle bus, tour bus) going down from N Seoul Tower. This course is particularly popular for cherry blossoms viewing in spring.

 

For best connectivity to public transport on this course, it is recommended to walk down from N Seoul Tower (instead of up) and take Namsan Shuttle Bus (#2/3/5) at the bus stop in front of Namsan Library at the end of the walk.

 

Alternatively, if you wish, you can take bus #402 (8 mins ride) at Platform 5 of Seoul Station Exit 9-1, arriving at the bus stop across the road from Namsan Library. Note that bus #402 from the bus stop in front of Namsan Library to Seoul Station will take a long 21 mins with stops at City Hall and Gwanghwamun Stations.

The nearest subway stations, Hoehyeong Station and Seoul Station are about 15 mins walk.

Hiking Course 2: N Seoul Tower ⇄ National Theater of Korea/Dongguk Univ. Station Exit 6 (Namsan Northern Circuit Entrance, Mix of walking paths & stairs)

This course has the best public transport connectivity for the scenic hike up N Seoul Tower. You can start the hike from Dongguk Univ. Station or to 'conserve' your energy 🤭, you can take a short bus trip from the subway station to the course's entrance.

This is a moderate course with walking paths and stairs (quite a fair portion) up N Seoul Tower. This course is particularly popular with the locals for its autumn foliage. Besides the spectacular tall trees, you can get good views of N Seoul Tower and city on this course too. The last section of the trail is alongside the fortress wall leading to the Namsan Seoul Tower Bus Terminal at N Seoul Tower.

Hiking Course 3: N Seoul Tower ⇄ Seoul Education Research & Information Institute/Hoehyeon Station Exit 4 (Namsan Park Baekbeom Square, Seoul City Wall, Sam-soon Steps)

The course starts from the path next to Seoul Education Research & Information Institute. Nearby, there are Hanyangdoseong Historic Site Museum and Samsooni Stairs, a popular filming location for the Korean drama, 'My Name is Kim Sam Soon' (2005).

This hiking course, with primarily steps, offers the best views of the city, mountain range and N Seoul Tower. Another highlight of this trail is walking alongside the fortress wall in the last section towards Namsan Cable Car Station (top) at N Seoul Tower.

The nearest subway station, Hoehyeon Station is about 4 mins walk to Namsan Park Baekbeom Square entrance and another 7 mins walk to near Seoul Education Research & Information Institute. The uphill walk from Baekeom Square is a popular photo hot spot of Seoul City Wall with Namsan Seoul Tower in the background. There are several statues and Hohyeongdang (a hanok of Park Management Office) in the park too.

💡COURSE TIPS:  For those heading down from N Seoul Tower

You can get to Namsan Cable Car Station (base) and downhill towards Myeongdong Station (or Pacific Hotel, Myeongdong):

1. Walk down Sam-soon Steps and cross the road at the traffic lights directly in front. Walk on your right until you see the Cable Car Station (6 mins).

OR

2. Turn right onto the path next to the steep flight of steps at the end of the trail (near the public toilet). Follow the path down to the road. Cross the road at the traffic lights on your right and continue the walk on your right to Namsan Cable Car Station (4 mins).

Alternatively, if you still have the energy, you can enter the wide pedestrian-only Namsan Trail along the road, right next to the end of the steep flight of steps. It will be an easy scenic walk around the edge of Namsan Mountain, exiting to Namsangol Hanok Village (course duration: 25mins) that is within 4 mins walk to Chungmuro Station. Course Guide & Map.

Hiking Course 4: Namsan Circular Trail (Namsan Dulle-gil), 7.5km

For those who do not wish to get to the top of N Seoul Tower, you can take the Namsan Circular Trail that encircles the entire circumference of Namsan Mountain in 7.5km.

In clockwise direction, Namsan Circular Trail connects from North Ringway (3,420m)Forest Path (910m), Wild Flowers Path (850m), Nature Ecology Path (1,650m) and finally to Historical Culture Path (640m). It offers hikers diverse experiences in different sections of the circular trail.
 

There are multiple entry points to the circular trail. The easiest would probably be the same entry point as 'Hiking Course 2'. i.e. take Namsan Shuttle Bus #2/3/5 from Dongguk Univ. Station and alight at the 2nd bus stop, direct to trail entrance at North Ringway.

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Map on Ways to Namsan Cable Car Station from Myeongdong

Map on Ways to Namsan Cable Car Station from Myeongdong

Map on Shuttle Bus Route (Shuttle Bus# 01A / 01B) to/from Namsan Seoul Tower

Hiking Course Map 1: N Seoul Tower ⇄ Namsan Library (The Easiest)

Map of Hiking Course - N Seoul Tower to/from Namsan Library

Hiking Course Map 2: N Seoul Tower ⇄ National Theater of Korea (Namsan Northern Circuit Entrance, Mix of Walking Paths & Stairs)

Map of Hiking Course - N Seoul Tower to/from National Theater of Korea

Hiking Course Map 3: N Seoul Tower ⇄ Seoul Education Research & Information Institute (Sam-soon Steps, Primarily Stairs)

Map of Hiking Course - N Seoul Tower to/from Seoul Education Research & Informaton Institute

Hiking Course Map 4: Namsan Circular Trail (Namsan Dulle-gil)

N Seoul Tower - Map of Namsan Trails

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