N Seoul Tower 남산서울타워
Ways to get there, Hot Spots, Floor Guide, Season Highlights, Walking/Hiking Trails & Maps
Observatory - 10:00-23:00 (Sun-Fri), 10:00-24:00 (Sat), Last admission 30 mins before closing.
Hello Kitty Island - 10:00-23:00, Last admission: 22:00
Ryan CHEEZZZBALL Adventure - 10:00-22:00, Last admission: 22:00
Game Plaza Arcade - 10:00-22:00
Korea Local 360º VR Tour - 11:00-19:30 (closed every Mon & Tue)
Hanbok Culture Experience Center - 10:00-19:00, Last admission: 18:00
Observatory (for 360 degree panoramic view of Seoul) - Adult: 11,000 won / Child: 9,000 won
Hello Kitty Island - Adult: 8,000 won / Child: 7,200 won
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
a) Free Namsan Shuttle Bus Service (5 mins)
From Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 1), take the half-hourly Shuttle Bus Service (operating hours 12:00 - 20:30) with "Namsan Cable Car" sign to Namsan Cable Car Station.'
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
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.
d) via Free Namsan Oreumi Elevator (2 mins)
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.
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) - 7,000 won / 9,500 won
Child age 3-12 & Senior above age 65 (1-way/return) - 4,500 won / 6,500 won
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 #05 back to Myeongdong Station, Namsangol Hanok Village or any other Namsan Shuttle Bus to your next destination.
Getting to Namsan Seoul Tower by Shuttle Bus
No. 02, 03 and 05
1,200 won cash / 1,100 won transportation card (T-Money/cashbee)
The shuttle bus service operates on a loop course from N Seoul Tower.
The whole loop can be 10-50 mins long depending on the bus no. taken. For shorter journey, it is best to board/alight towards the end/beginning of the bus routes respectively.
Namsan Shuttle Bus Routes:
1. Namsan Shuttle Bus No. 02 (every 16 mins, 7:00-23:30)
*Nearest Station to Seoul Tower
Map of Namsan Shuttle Bus 02, 03, 05 Bus Stop from Dongguk Univ. Station (line 3, exit 6)
Notes: Search for 'Donguk Univ.' instead when using MetroidHD app.
Map of Namsan Shuttle Bus 02 Bus Stop from Chungmuro Station (line 3/4, exit 2)
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
Map of Namsan Shuttle Bus 05 Bus Stop from Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 3)
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.
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.
Floor Guide: What to See & Eat at N Seoul Tower & Seoul Tower Plaza
▶ n.GRILL (French Restaurant)
▶ Observatory Deck (360° view of Seoul) ▶ Weeny Beeny (Candy Shop) ▶ Tower Gift ▶ N Photo
▶ Ticket Booth ▶ N Burger (Restaurant) ▶ N Terrace (Cafe) ▶ A Twosome Place (Cafe) ▶ Cheiljemyunso (Korean Restaurant) ▶ N TeddyBear Shop ▶ N Gift ▶ Olive Young (Health & Beauty Drugstore)
▶ Entrance to Observation Deck ▶ Information Counter ▶ Hello Kitty Island ▶ A Twosome Place (Cafe) ▶ N Sweet Bar ▶ N Gift
▶ Ryan CHEEZZZBALL Adventure ▶ Game Plaza (Arcade) ▶ Hosigi Double Chicken (Restaurant) ▶ Korea Local 360 VR Tour
▶ Observatory Deck ▶ A Twosome Place (Cafe) ▶ N Photo Studio
▶ HANCOOK (Korean Restaurant)
▶ The PLACE Dining (Italian Restaurant) ▶ Roof Terrace
▶ Owl's Cutlet (Restaurant) ▶ 153POINTZ Budae-jjigae (Restaurant) ▶ Tokyo Steak (Restaurant)
▶ Sweet Monster (Dessert) ▶ Starbucks (Cafe) ▶ Gong Cha (Bubble Tea) ▶ ADDAL ▶ GS25 (Convenience store)
▶ Hanbok Culture Experience Center
◙ Free Photo Spots: N Seoul Tower & Seoul Tower Plaza
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.
Autumn at N Seoul Tower
Summer at N Seoul Tower
Winter at N Seoul Tower
Views from N Seoul Tower
Nightfall at Seoul Tower Plaza
Best Kept Secret - Hiking to/from N Seoul Tower!
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 (Sam-soon Steps, Primarily Stairs)
The course starts from the path next to Seoul Education Research & Information Institute with a nearby cafe as well. Just next to the cafe, the steep flight of stairs down the road referred as Sam-soon Steps is a popular filming location.
This hiking course, with primarily steps, offers the best views of the city 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 11 mins walk.
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).
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.
Map on Ways to Namsan Cable Car Station from Myeongdong
Hiking Course Map 1: N Seoul Tower ⇄ Namsan Library (The Easiest)
Hiking Course Map 2: N Seoul Tower ⇄ National Theater of Korea (Namsan Northern Circuit Entrance, Mix of Walking Paths & Stairs)
Hiking Course Map 3: N Seoul Tower ⇄ Seoul Education Research & Information Institute (Sam-soon Steps, Primarily Stairs)
Hiking Course Map 4: Namsan Circular Trail (Namsan Dulle-gil)
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