Seoul Tower

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산1-3 용산동2가, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul Tower Reviews

cynthiasmiller cynthias…
62 reviews
Worth all the work to get there! Dec 17, 2013
Coming from Seattle, I wasn't sure about going to Seoul Tower because it felt like a shorter knockoff of the Space Needle. Truth be told, it kind of was, but it definitely has its own Korean personality that makes it worth the visit. Plus it's hard to beat a panoramic view of the city you're visiting.

Unless you're planning on driving to the cable car parking lot, and then taking the cable car up to the top, you're probably going to feel the burn on the way up. It's on a steep hill going straight up. Remember, the view is worth it when you get to the top! I recommend walking to the cable car, then taking the cable car (8000 won round trip) to the base of the tower. Once you get to the base, you have a nice enough view from there. Since it cost an additional 7000 won to go to the top of the tower, I chose to stay at the base. The view was still great, and there's plenty to keep you busy there.

One especially interesting thing you can see at the base of the tower is the fence covered in locks. Couples write their names on padlocks and lock them onto a fence near the tower. I guess it's the Seoul version of carving your initials inside a heart onto a tree trunk. There are so many locks that it's nearly impossible to see the fence underneath.
Seoul tower from a distance
Christmas lights at Seoul tower
Seoul tower up close
Love locks
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WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
Nice views, though tough to photograph at times Nov 26, 2012
Standing at 777 feet (237 meters) on Namsan Mountain, the N Seoul Tower is worth visiting, mainly for views of Seoul. Sometimes called the Namsan Tower, but more commonly known as Seoul Tower.

Getting there can be a bit of a workout. From the Myeongdong Metro stop, you will have to walk uphill. Then come to a point where you have the option to continue on by foot, or ride the cable car. I recommend the cable car, since it saves time, and kind of fun to ride.

Once you get off the cable car, there is a little bit more walking uphill. You are there, once you pass the smoke stacks. You buy a ticket and get zipped to the top on an elevator.

Once at the top of the tower, you get nice views of the city, the Han River, and the mountains in the background. The recommended time to visit is before sunset, so you can see Seoul in 3 different ways. Very nice to see.

Plus you can see how far, various cities around the world in all directions, are from Seoul. In the level below, there are shops and a revolving restaurant.

Only drawback is that the observation deck is completely encased, which may make it difficult for some to take photographs through the glass.

Also, not really worth going on a foggy day, since you won’t be able to see much. So definitely save it for a sunny day!
leading to cable car
cable car to tower
view from tower
Seoul with communication tower
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pinpilinpauxa says:
Agree about going just before sunset.
I like how the tower lights change colors.
Posted on: Apr 12, 2013
bigmac993 says:
WOW! Good info! I plan to stop there for a few days in April!
Posted on: Feb 13, 2013
Kurisu Kurisu
73 reviews
Seoul's landmark tower - must see Apr 22, 2012
Well, if you visit Seoul, there's no way you can overlook N Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan tower. You can literally see it from everywhere in Seoul, since it's located on top of a hill, Mt. Namsan.

If the weather is not to foggy or rainy, you should definitely go up there and enjoy the stunning 360° view of Seoul.

Best time to go up there would be shortly before sunset, so you can enjoy day and night view!

Unfortunately I didn't have time to stay there long enough to enjoy the sunset.

There are different ways to get up the hill: bus, car, cable car.

I'd recommend to go up by cable car (get off at Myeong-dong station exit 3, then just walk up the hill towards the tower, is just a 10 min walk until you'll see cable car station), and later just walk down the hill and take a bus to Seoul station from the bus stop down there.

The city tour bus also goes up there, I suppose.

The tower is like most communication towers around the world:

There's the 360° indoor observation platform, they offer audio guides, many souvenir shops and a cafe and restaurant.

If you are male, be sure you have to go to the bathroom, because you can pee while looking out of the window, which is kind of a unique experience! :-)

Don't know about the ladies room ;-)

Ticket price (depends on time) is 9000-12000 Won, the cable car ride is 6000 Won.

If you are there with your spouse, be sure to bring two locks... you'll know what to do with those when u get there ;-)

Highly recommended, don't miss this! :-)
N Seoul Tower, Mt. Namsan
N Seoul Tower, Mt. Namsan
N Seoul Tower, Mt. Namsan
View from N Seoul Tower
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YantiSoeparno says:
Thanks for sharing the info. I will go there in July with my daughters.
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012
smr85 smr85
2 reviews
Best view in peak of Spring May 25, 2012
I visit this place early April this year but unfortunately the cherry blossom haven't bloom here, so what I got is only deserted trees along the way to the tower. For the tower it self you can visit the love lock and teddy bear museum there and also in the 3rd floor there are observatory with paid telescope so you can view the city with a closer look.

but for me this place just a so so visited once and than it enough. there are a lot public park that you can visit in Seoul which look similar with the N Seoul Tower (beside the tower itself of course). Other alternative is to visit 63 building.
belle85 belle85
3 reviews
Seoul Tower Namsan Jul 09, 2011
I went to the ever popular attraction in Namsan. The Seoul Tower has a breathtaking sight; I took the cable car to the tower in the early afternoon, weather was cool and going upwards enables you to see the city scenery from the greenery foliages located at the mountain. You could see the city of Seoul from the top of the tower; bridges and yoidu island that connects to the outskirt of seoul. The elevator to the tower was an amazing ride of lights. Take the stairs to the lower level and be surprise with lovers notes at the exit on the wall and food kiosks. Basement of the tower is a korean resturant that is open too. Be greeted with a teddy bear at the stairs.
elliotjp elliotjp
5 reviews
A tough climb with excellent rewards May 22, 2011
Climb the stairs to the Seoul Tower for Free!!!! It's well worth it although the climb is a difficult one. You can follow the Lonely lanet walk in the guide book for Seoul. did it and met plenty of people along the way, including a number of Koreans up to their local pastimes, who are always intrigued to see a foreigner on their way up to the tower.
RichieRichtravels5 RichieRi…
2 reviews
Seoul Tower Apr 27, 2011
Seoul tower is absolutely astonishing and if you are in seoul you need to take advantage and grab a meal in the dining hall that comes attached to this massive tower over looking the breathing taking city of Seoul, South Korea.
jameshendicott jameshen…
38 reviews
tower in the heart of the city, great views and some quirky attractions. Dec 18, 2010
If you're in the middle of Seoul, look up at that tower a little like the one in Seattle, on the hill top... that's Seoul Tower. The main attractions are the views. While the (free to access) part at the bottom of the tower has good enough views in its own right (go at night), and the tower looks pretty good with the night-time life show, the best option is heading to the top. There's a (pricey, need to pre-book) rotating restaurant at the top.

At the base, you'll find a fence covered in locks. This is where Koreans traditionally 'lock up their love' and is something of a Seoul pilgrimage. Take a few pictures with the views, or if you're with a loved on, bring your own padlock to attach to the fence. You can see the Seoul World Cup Stadium to the west, a large stretch of the Han River, and views down to the 63 Building and into fashionable Myong Dong to the North of the hill. An early evening essential. Best access is probably from Myong Dong station'; it's a significant uphill walk. Taxi's might be a better option for the unfit or unwilling!
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