Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower

#1 in Best Things To Do in Seoul
Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower
Chinnaphong Mungsiri/Getty Images

Key Info

1-3 Yongsandong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Home to five warning beacons and a protective city wall during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), Mount Namsan now hosts a park and a smattering of tourism sites like an aquarium, a library and a bevy of beautiful walking trails.

But most people visit Namsan Park for its panoramic views of Seoul. To scope it out for free, visit Palgakjeong, an octagon-shaped viewing pavilion that boasts alluring vistas of the city. For an even more breathtaking sight, shell out a few won to get to the observation platform atop N Seoul Tower, Namsan Park's real showstopper. Recent visitors said that on clear days, the view from 1,574 feet up is spectacular. Out on the sky deck, you can't miss the thousands of padlocks attached to the fence; couples lock them there as symbols of everlasting love (bring your own lock if you're feeling romantic). For an extra-special experience, reserve a table for dinner in the rotating French restaurant, n.GRILL, on the tower's top floor. 

Observation deck tickets cost 10,000 won for adults (about $9) and 8,000 won for children 12 years old and younger as well as seniors (just over $7). The observatory welcomes visitors 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. from Monday through Friday and on Sundays. On Saturdays, you can marvel at Seoul's skyline until midnight. To learn more about N Seoul Tower or make a reservation at any of its restaurants, visit its official website.

There are a few ways to get to the top of Mount Namsan. The hale and hearty may opt to walk up a long stairway – a 20- to 30-minute trek beginning from Hoehyeon Subway Station on Line 4. Others may choose to take the cable car that leaves from Myeong-dong Subway Station on Line 4, Exit 3; round-trip cable car tickets cost 8,500 won (about $7.60) for adults and 5,500 won (about $4.90) for kids (one-way tickets cost slightly less). For more information about Namsan Park, visit the Korea Tourism Organization's official website.

See all Hotels in Seoul »

More Best Things To Do in Seoul

Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukhansan National Park
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 10
#2 Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Village occupies the hilly neighborhood betweenGyeongbok PalaceandChangdeok Palacein north-central Seoul. The neighborhood has the largest collection of privately ownedhanoks, or traditional Korean homes with tiled roofs and stone floors, in Seoul. Not only that, but these 900 hanoks date all the way back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). While a stroll

Read more
Mathieu Thouvenin/Flickr
See full list of Best Things To Do in Seoul »

Explore More of Seoul

Recommended

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019