City Icon: Namsan’s North Seoul Tower
Seoul Tower. Namsan Tower, or N Seoul Tower (its official name since 2005) – whatever you call it, there’s no denying that this 237 metre structure is an icon of Seoul. It’s as synonymous with the heart and spirit of the city as Namdaemun, Gyeongbokgung Palace or Cheonggyecheon Stream.
I’m slightly ashamed to admit that despite having lived here for 8 years, I had yet to make my way up to the top of one of Seoul’s most iconic structures, especially since the N Seoul Tower is THE most visited attraction in Seoul.
It regularly tops the list of best sights in the city according to tourists, and offers a complex cultural space that includes performances, restaurants, exhibitions and multimedia projections. Located atop guardian mountain Namsan, high above the shopping district of Myeongdong to the North, and international Itaewon to the South, it’s one of the best places in Seoul to get a true birds-eye view of one of the world’s true megacities.
Around the Tower, hang thousands upon thousands of “Locks of Love,” each written on and wistfully hung by couples romantically hoping for a symbol of their love as enduring as the Tower itself. The multitude of colourful locks surrounded by the natural green beauty of Namsan is something that must be seen.
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As you make your way up to the Tower’s observatories, be sure to stop in the 4th floor Sky Restrooms for what might be the best possible view from a toilet in the history of civilization. 😉
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On the 5th floor observatory level, you’ll find breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city in every possible direction. Each of the windows is creatively marked with the names of various countries and cities along with their respective distances from Seoul.
Stick around for sunset and nightfall, and you’ll be rewarded with the dazzling sight of a constellation of twinkling lights below you.
Getting Tickets for the N Seoul Tower Observatory
The entrance ticket for the Observatory usually costs 10,000krw, but you can save a massive 40% by booking through BnBHero. It’s the cheapest price on the internet by far, and it’s super easy to reserve and use your tickets.
Simply visit the BnBHero website, buy your tickets (you can pay via credit card, Paypal, or domestic bank transfer within 24 hours if you have a Korean bank account) and then pick them up at the Observatory ticket booth with the confirmation email you receive from them.
Better yet, if you book accommodation through their website, you’ll get 1 adult pass to the N Seoul Tower absolutely FREE! 🙂 It’s worth taking a peek at what they offer because BnBHero has the largest inventory of alternative accommodations available in Korea.
Getting to N Seoul Tower
There are multiple ways to reach the N Seoul Tower, including taxi, or bus, but the best is perhaps the Namsan Cablecar, which leaves from Myeongdong Staion.
Full details can be found on the N Seoul Tower website.
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*I received free passes from BnBHero, but all words and opinions are my own.