Rising up from the summit of Namsan Mountain (262m) is a beloved city landmark that has come to represent the city itself: N Seoul Tower (236m). Upon completion of construction in 1975 and since then, the tower has been a favorite attraction for both locals and international visitors.
The tower’s multi-functional space has an observatory, restaurants, a museum, a coffee shop, and souvenir shops and is frequented by families, friends, and couples who come to soak in the romantic ambience and gaze upon the stunning city view. Thus, for visitors hoping to get a panoramic view of Seoul, N Seoul Tower is not to be missed, no matter how busy your travel schedule may be. To make the most of the trip, stroll around Namsan Park and observatory post to close to sunset hours to check out the city’s beautiful night landscape.
Unique tidbits about N Tower
Washroom with amazing views, Sky Restroom
Located on the second floor of the N tower, there is a unique restroom called ‘Sky Restroom’ as it is situated at the highest ground level in Seoul’s downtown. For men’s room, the special feature lies in the glass wall that is built all directions. Don’t worry about privacy as the glass walls have a special coating and that the inside will not be seen from outside, while it still offers clear views from inside. It might sound a little strange to be enjoying views while taking care of one’s business, but it surely will be one memorable experience for some!
Roof Terrace, testaments for forever love
Roof Terrace is an expansive outdoor observatory on the annex building of N Seoul Tower. But it is more known for lovebird to promise their unfailing loves. Several years ago, a TV program’s main characters visited the terrace and attached 2 padlocks to the fence as a symbol of their love. Until today, tens of thousands of love locks can be found hanging around the terrace each day.
Digital Observatory, the best view of Seoul
The observatory of N Seoul Tower offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Seoul as well as information on Seoul and Namsan Mountain. On the second floor (T2) there are also a souvenir shop and a snack shop serving coffee, other beverages, cakes, and cookies. To get to the observatory, buy a ticket from the ticket desk at the Plaza Square or on the basement level.
☞ Location: Digital Observatory – 3F (T3), Analog Observatory – 2F (T2)
Alive Museum (N Seoul Tower), cool and fun tricks for all visitors
This is a museum is highly educational for children as well as for adults to experience the arts, digital objects, and media installation with added touch of illumination. Their displays are meant to be enjoyed not only with eyes but with close interaction with visitors, where one can act like a famous actor of a movie or heroic character that came out of a fantasy script. The exhibition halls take up 4 major different zones showcasing Classical Arts, Living Arts, Fantasy and Sports, housing a total of 34 artistic objects.
☞ Location: B1F
Seoul Tower Plaza, revealing the secretive treasures of 40 years
N Seoul Tower was firstly erected to perform a radio transmission tower of Seoul city, therefore limiting civilization access until 2012 due to safety reasons. After years of renovation projects, the place reformed as another friendly landmark of the city, naming aptly as ‘Seoul Tower Plaza’ in 2015, where the people can now freely visit and enjoy various cultural programs available on-sites and surrounding areas. The tower’s inside is decorated with media arts exhibition comprised of 248 OLED light panels, capturing Seoul’s representative cultural figures including Gwanghwamun Gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul’s four seasons (1-4F), and more beautiful scenes in creative ways. After viewing the lighting displays, visitors can exit and tour up to the Namsan Mountain following terrace stairs reaching up to 243m in height.