N Seoul Tower for a view from above & shopping in Myeongdong

N Seoul Tower is located in central Seoul on Namsan Mountain. It was opened to public on 15 October 1980. It is the highest point in Seoul at 236.7m. From the observatory, you can see the panoramic view of Seoul from above. This tower is a symbol of Seoul.

I took the subway to Myeongdong Station and saw this cute mascot as I got out the exit of the subway.


Then its an uphill walk up until I saw the sign for the Namsan Cable Car station. But first, more stairs. Oh boy!


We took the cable car up and while waiting, I went got a nice view of the surroundings.



It was a short ride on the cable car to reach the tower plaza. The views here are really amazing. Once I stepped out from the cable car building exit, the view from the wooden stairs going up captivates me. We stopped for some photos before climbing up the stairs.


The first place we reached as was climbed up to the plaza was the roof terrace where all the colourful love locks are.



This is a popular place for most visitors. Couples buy locks and write their names on them and place the lock there to symbolize undying affection for each other. This place is also a filming location not only for local Korean dramas but some international dramas too. My travelling buddy was the most excited here because she saw this in her favorite drama and seeing it for real is something else. So I got myself a seat and let her take photos to her heart’s content before we continue up. It is quite crowded here.


We got ourselves the nachos combo tickets. Its something to snack on while watching the view and chilling out. It feels like I was going to watch a movie with it though. The nachos, popcorn and drinks can be collected at the sweet bar at the basement before going up the lift to the observatory.


There is a gift store at the observatory tower where I got some cool souvenirs and a candy shop! There is also a post box where you can post some postcards or send a letter and there will be a special stamp on it. You can buy the postcards, letters and stamps from the gift shop. I got these hanbok letters. My friend’s daughters loves them when she received it.




We stayed a bit longer until the sun sets before we went down.

There is another Alive Museum here too. I had already went to the one in Jeju, so I gave this one here a miss.

If you want to see a panoramic view of the city from above, this is the place to go to.

From here, I took the cable car back down and walked back the same way to Myeongdong shopping street. It is just across the road from where I exited the subway to walk to the Namsan Cable Car station. If you want to just come here, use Exit 6 instead.



Myeongdong is a famous shopping district here. It is bustling with people. There are many shops you can find here. This is also the place to go to get Korean cosmetics. There are many brands to choose from and many promotions. From Face Shop to Innisfree to Holika Holika and Aritaum and loads more, you can find it here. There are some brands that I can’t find back home. It is cheaper than back home in Singapore! I had fun stocking up though my wallet was complaining. When you buy from their shop, you get free samples along with your purchases. My shopping bags were full!

There are also other shop selling clothes, shoes and accessories too in case you are not into cosmetics. There are also snack carts along the streets that sells all  kinds of street food like kebabs, crepes, grilled corn and so much more.


N Seoul Tower (N 서울타워)

Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)

Website: http://www.nseoultower.co.kr/eng/

Nearest Subway Station: Myeongdong Station

How to get there:

  • Myeongdong Station is serviced by Line 4, go out by Exit 3.
  • Walk all the way uphill from the lane on the right side of the Pacific Hotel.
  • You will eventually see the cable car sign on your right and go up those stairs.
  • Take the cable car up to N Seoul Tower.
  • For other modes of transportation, please refer here.

Cable Car Operating Hours:

  • 10.00am to 11.00pm

Cable Car Ticket Cost:

  • 8,500 Won for Adult return ticket
  • 6,000 Won for Adult one-way ticket
  • 5,500 Won for Children or Elderly (above 65 years old) return ticket
  • 3,500 Won for Children or Elderly (over 65 years old) one-way ticket

Operating Hours:

  • 10.00am to 11.00pm (Monday to Friday & Sunday)
  • 10.00am to 12.00am (Saturday)
  • Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
  • Operating hours may change depending on weather or business schedules.

Admission Fees:

Observatory: –

  • 10,000 Won for Adults
  • 8,000 Won for Children or Seniors

N Sweet bar: –

  • Tower Combo: 2 Observatory tickets + 1 large Popcorn +1 large drink = 21,000 Won for Adults / 17,000 Won for Children/Seniors
  • Nacho Combo: 2 Observatory tickets + 1 Medium Popcorn + 2 Medium drinks + 1 Plate of nachos = 23,000 Won for Adults / 19,000 Won for Children/Seniors
  • Alive Museum Combo: 2 Observatory tickets + 2 Museum tickets + 1 Large popcorn + 1 Large drink = 33,000 Won for Adults / 26,000 Won for Children/Seniors

Alive Museum: –

  • 12,000 Won for Adults
  • 9,000 Won for Children / Seniors
  • Package with Observatory = 16,000 Won for Adults / 12,000 Won for Children/Seniors

Next up, Changdeokgung Palace. Its my last day in Seoul too.


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