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N Seoul Tower

This Seoul landmark can be seen from miles around and offers the finest panoramas of the city.

N Seoul Tower’s first use was as a TV and radio broadcast tower in 1969. It instantly became a landmark thanks to its height and location on the peak of Namsan Mountain. Today, the 777-foot (237 meter) tower offers unparalleled views of Seoul and beyond from its observation deck, as well as restaurants, cinemas and performance spaces.

The tower first opened as a tourist attraction in 1980, and its famous light displays were added in 2005, and the letter “N” was added to its name. The N stands for “new” look.

Head up the tower and take in the 360-degree panorama from the observatory. You can purchase tickets from a booth outside the tower. The observatory level is a good place to dine; options include a French restaurant that rotates fully every 48 minutes.  

Its views are just one aspect of the N Seoul Tower. The complex also houses the Teddy Bear Museum, a lovingly compiled collection of stuffed toys. Couples may want to fasten a romantic padlock on the roof terrace on N Plaza, as is the tradition. Otherwise, throw heart-shaped coins into the Wishing Pond inside the tower.

N Seoul Tower’s other claim to fame is that it has the highest restrooms in the city. The Haneul Restroom can be found on the second floor of the tower, and has been described as more art gallery than public amenity. It’s probably the best view of Seoul you can get while washing your hands.

The tower is regularly illuminated after dark with seasonal light displays. These can be admired from Mt. Namsan itself, or gazing up from down on street level. Remember to take your camera.

The easiest way to get up to the tower is on the Namsan cable car from Hoehyeon-dong. Cable cars depart regularly, and will get you to the Mt. Namsan stop in an impressive three minutes. From here, it’s a short walk to N Seoul Tower.

N Seoul Tower is open year-round. It’s open until late in the evening. Hold off your visit if it’s cloudy, as you won’t see very far.


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The Shilla Seoul

249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namsan Park, Korea House, and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dongguk University Station is only a 4-minute walk and Yaksu Station is 13 minutes.

    ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun NT$1,655
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    36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Seoul Station is 11 minutes.

      Grand Hyatt Seoul NT$6,491
      Grand Hyatt Seoul

      Grand Hyatt Seoul

      322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Itaewon, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Botanical Garden, Itaewon Antique Furniture Street, and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Itawon Street and Blue Square are also within 15 minutes. Itaewon Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hangangjin Station is 14 minutes.

        Four Points By Sheraton Seoul, Namsan NT$1,823
        Four Points By Sheraton Seoul, Namsan

        Four Points By Sheraton Seoul, Namsan

        37-85 Dongja-dong, Youngsan Gu, Seoul, Seoul
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Yongsan-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lotte Outlets - Seoul Station Branch and Sungnyemun Gate. Namdaemun Market and Deoksugung Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Seoul Station is 7 minutes by foot and Sukdaeipgu Station is 9 minutes.

          Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences NT$2,661
          Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences

          Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences

          238 Euljiro, Jung Gu, Seoul, KR
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Goodmorning City. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Doota Mall are also within 10 minutes. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is only a 5-minute walk and Euljiro 4-ga Station is 7 minutes.

            Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun NT$1,862
            Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

            Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

            71, Sambong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Jongno, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jogyesa Temple, Sejong Cultural Center, and Gwanghwamun Plaza. Cheonggye Plaza and Gyeongbok Palace are also within 15 minutes. Jonggak Station is 6 minutes by foot and Gangwhamun Station is 6 minutes.

              ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong NT$1,330
              ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong

              ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong

              302, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Park, Myeongdong Street, and Korea House. Cheonggyecheon and Lotte Department Store are also within 15 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 4-minute walk and Chungmuro Station is 6 minutes.

                L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE NT$2,106
                L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE

                L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE

                137 Toegye-ro Jung-gu, Seoul
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Myeongdong Theater, Myeongdong Street, and Namsan Park. Namdaemun Market and Seoul City Hall are also within 15 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 2-minute walk and Chungmuro Station is 8 minutes.