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N Seoul Tower: Day or Night – When is the best time to go?

A true Hallyu fan can easily recognize N Seoul Tower as it is a well-known filming location for several Kdramas such as Boys Over Flowers, My Love from The Star, Rooftop Prince and many more. It has become Seoul’s landmark which stands tall at 236 meters and the city’s second highest point. The tower was built in 1971 and is Korea’s first general radio wave tower, providing TV and radio broadcasting in Seoul. And did you also know that it has a real-time connection with the Busan Tower?

image from n seoul tower website

Visiting N Seoul Tower is a must for every Kdrama fans who go to Seoul. With its latest LED technology lighting, the tower constantly changes colors and patterns thus providing various media art exhibitions and cultural experience. However, you might be thinking when is the best time to visit N Seoul Tower? Is it during daytime when you could see all its attractions and facilities in broad daylight? Or during at night when you could witness its light exhibition?

N Seoul Tower at Daytime

When you visit N Seoul Tower at day, you will be able to sightsee the city from there and appreciate Seoul’s panoramic landscape. It is also advisable to go there by day if you are going with a child. It is because they could spend more time with various attractions and take pictures with special characters at the different photo zones.

When I went to N Seoul Tower in daytime, there were a lot of kids who were having fun while touring around. In addition, the weather is not that cold compare when you go at night. However, when you want to see an amazing night view of Seoul, then it is best to go at night.

N Seoul Tower at Nighttime

Going to N Seoul Tower during nighttime with your special someone will be such a romantic date. It is because there are a lot of romantically themed attractions and photo zones there intended for lovers.

But of course, you can still go there with your friends even if you are happily single. Together, you can appreciate Seoul’s landscape from sunset and be amazed at the city lights at night.

Photo Zones and Facilities

Some of N Seoul Tower’s main photo zones are the Proposal Staircase, Tunnel of Love, Bridge of Love, Sunset Zone, and more.

Moreover, it also has various restaurants where you could dine in like the HanCook restaurant and the n.Grill restaurant, and the Place Dining which offer stunning view of the surrounding mountains.

Kdramas Filmed at N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower is a popular filming location among Korean dramas. This is where Kdrama couple usually go on a date also known as the Namsan date. As a matter of fact, Hallyu top star Lee Min Ho filmed scenes from two of his famous Kdramas at N Seoul Tower. First was during the date of Goo Jun-pyo (Lee Min Ho) and Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) in episode 4 of hit Kdrama “Boys Over Flowers” in 2009. And then 7 years later, he filmed another scene as Heo Joon-jae of another hit Kdrama “Legend of the Blue Sea” alongside top actress Jun Ji-hyun. Coincidentally, Jun Ji-hyun also shot a scene there for another successful Kdrama “My Love From the Star.”

Here are the other Kdramas filmed at N Seoul Tower:

  • The School Nurse Files (2020)
  • I Wanna Hear Your Song (2019)
  • Hotel Del Luna (2019)
  • Wind-Bell (2019)
  • The Last Empress (2018-19)
  • Twelve Nights (2018)
  • Terius Behind Me (2018)
  • The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (2018)
  • Hwayugi (2017-18)
  • Live Up To Your Name Dr. Heo (2017)
  • The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016)
  • Touching You (2016)
  • Who Are You: School 2015 (2015)
  • Bubblegum (2015)
  • Oh My Ghostess (2015)
  • Sensory Couple (2015)
  • My Lovely Girl (2014)
  • Plus Nine Boys (2014)
  • My Love From Another Star (2013-14)
  • Dating Agency Cyrano (2013)
  • Rooftop Prince (2012)
  • 49 Days (2011)
  • Dr. Champ (2010)
  • Boys Over Flowers (2009)
  • My Sweet Seoul (2008)
  • Witch Yoo-hee (2007-08)
  • 9 End 2 Outs (2007)
  • Beautiful Days (2001)

Admission Fees

Observatory
  • Adult (over 13 years old): 11,000 KRW
  • Children (3 to 12 years old): 9,000 KRW
  • Elderly (over 65 years old): 9,000 KRW
  • n.GRILL customers enjoy a FREE visit to the Observatory by reserving in advance

Foreign passport holders can avail discounted tickets from Klook for 5,500 Korean won.

Disclaimer: Admission fees may change from time to time so it’s best to check N Seoul Tower’s website or Klook.

Cable Car
  • Adult Two-way Ticket: 9,500 KRW
  • Adult One-way Ticket: 7,000 KRW
  • Children/Elderly Two-way Ticket: 6,500 KRW
  • Children/Elderly One-way Ticket: 4,000 KRW

Operating Hours

N Seoul Tower is open 365 days a year.

Observatory
  • Mon-Fri/Sun: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Sun: 10:00 AM to 12:00 MN

Cable Car

10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Restaurants

n.GRILL / HANCOOK / THE PLACE DINING / Cheiljemyunso

  • Mon-Fri/Sun: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Last Call for Oder 9:30 PM

N TERRACE / N BURGER / N SWEET BAR

  • Mon-Fri/Sun: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Last Call for Oder 10:00 PM

Notes:
  • Opening hours may change depending on weather conditions and operating schedules
  • Entry to the Observatory is possible with up to 30 minutes before closing time
  • Opening hours of the N GIFT shop and THE BA:NG are the same as the Observatory

How To Get There

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

Directions

By Bus
  1. Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 02
    Take the bus from the closest subway station: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
  2. Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 04
    Take the bus from the closest subway station: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Jonggaik Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Dongdaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4, 5), Dongguk Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 3).

By Cable Car

Take a subway and get off at Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) and Exit 3.
Walk for about 15 minutes following the street on the right side of the Pacific Hotel. The cable car boarding place will be seen ahead.

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🇵🇭 Joey

A scholar, marketer, educator, traveler, and ultimately, a fangirl currently living in South Korea. I mostly write about Hallyu-related places as well tips on traveling and living in Korea.