Seoul Day 4: NSeoul Tower | What to do

Our fourth day in Seoul is a bit jam-packed, we started our tour with a visit at Gyeongbokgung Palace and lunch at Tosokchon, planned to head to Bukchon Village then NSeoul Tower. But during our visit, Korea had an ongoing silent protest related to political issues. We were supposed to take the shortest way to the Bukchon Village but the path that we’ve planned to take were barricaded with police cars and patrols. This is our first time to see an actual protest overseas and seeing people meeting towards that scene holding paper with foreign context is a bit alarming. We decided to head back towards the Gyeongbokgung Palace, ride the subway at Gyeongbokgung station and travel to Nseoul Tower instead of taking a detour towards Bukchon Village.

NSeoul Tower blocked by the fog

NSeoul Tower or YTN Seoul Tower or commonly known as the Seoul Tower, is a communication and observatory on the Namsan Mountain. This is actually just near our first hotel Seoul Global Hostel but due to conflict with the schedule we were not able to squeeze it on the early day of our itinerary. Namsan Tower aside from a known tourist spot is currently providing tower broadcast signals to popular Korean medias such as KBS, MBC and SBS.

 

HOW TO GET TO NSEOUL TOWER

NSeoul Tower is located on the Namsam Mountain. To get there you can take the cable car or bus ride. Taking the cable car is more expensive than the bus ride but then it provides a great view of Namsan Mountain and the downtown of Seoul, it is also faster and more efficient way to reach the tower.

OPTION 1: Cable Car

 By Cable Car:

First you need to get to Myeongdong station (Subway Line 4) Exit 3. Walk for about 15 minutes on the right side street of Pacific Hotel. The street towards the cable car entry is uphill so the 15 minutes walk felt longer and exhausting. Operating hours starts at 10:00am until 11:00pm and fare range from WON 6,000 (PHP 300.00) to WON 8,500 (PHP 450.00).

Fare Matrix from Cable Car official site:

Classification Fare Note
Adult Round-Trip KRW 8,500
Adult One-Way KRW 6,000
Child Round-Trip KRW 5,500 Criteria: Age 36 months to 12 years old
Child One-Way KRW 3,500
OPTION 2: Bus

 By Bus:

Bus are available on different subway stations in the city. Below schedule were posted by Nseoul tower official site. I don’t personally experienced the bus ride to NSeoul Tower because we availed the cable car back and forth.

Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 02 (every 15 min) Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line), Exit 6.
Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 03 (every 20 min) Seoul Station, Seoul Square (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 9 or Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 4 or / Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2.
Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 05 (every 15 min)  Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3 or Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema).

From Gyeongbokgung, we ride the subway towards Myeongdong station. Walked to the Exit 3 and towards Pacific Hotel. We saw a few signage from the right side road of Pacific Hotel towards the tower, continued walking uphill for a few minutes and finally reached the final stairs going to the Cable car entrance.

15 minutes walk from Myeongdong to Namsam Cable car. The road is uphill so it’s a bit challenging.
Final stair before reaching the Namsam Cable Car!

The first floor area is the ticketing office. We availed the round trip ticket for WON 8,500 each (around PHP 420.00) and took the elevator towards the boarding area on the 3rd floor of the building. Expect queue on the boarding area as each car can only support 48 people one way.

The entrance of the Namsam Cable car
Pacute while inside the cable car going to Namsam Tower

You will be rewarded by the view of downtown Seoul and the Namsam mountain while inside the cable car. During our visit, the snow started to fall in Seoul and Namsam is really fascinating. The snow, white powder enveloped around the trees and the ice buildup on the previously stagnant water is what we’ve saw during that time. A few minutes later, we already reached the entrance of NSeoul Tower.

The Namsam trail towards the NSeoul tower

 

THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN NSEOUL TOWER

  • TREES OF LOVE PADLOCK
Walang Forever… Promise where not bitter here 😛

Similar to the famous Pont des Arts in Paris, NSeoul Tower also have trees of Love Padlock in the Roof Terrace observatory on level T2. The love padlocks symbolizes love especially from the couples who visited the area. If you forgot to bring padlocks, you can buy this on a store just before you reached the Roof terrace but the price is obviously pricey. Padlock costs WON 5,000 to 10,000 (or around PHP 250.00 to 500.00).

  • NSEOUL TOWER OBSERVATORY

The glass window gives a 360-degree view of Seoul and Namsan Mountain and is located on the T4 and T5 of NSeoul Tower. As highly suggested, you must try the sky restroom located on T4 of the tower – this is the highest bathroom in Seoul and has special glass window overlooking the view of the city. The observatory entrance costs WON 10,000 (around PHP 500.00) each. There are other packages available at the ticket booth on T1 floor. To buy ticket ahead and see other discounted packages, check it here.

  • HELLO KITTY ISLAND

If you’re a fan of the famous cat – Hello Kitty, visit its themed room on the 5F of the Seoul Tower Plaza. Onsite ticket costs around WON 8,000 (around PHP 400.00). Klook offers discounted bundles including the observatory and Hello Kitty package.

  • SSENTOY MUSEUM AND SHOWROOM

Ssentoy Museum and Showroom is perfect for kids and adults who loves toy collectibles and life size movie and animation figurines. Museum and showroom is located on the 5F of the Seoul Tower Plaza. Onsite ticket costs around WON 10,000 (around PHP 500.00). For bundles including Observatory and the Ssentoy Museum, check it here.

 

PRICING FROM ONSITE TICKET

Package Onsite Pricing
Observatory only WON 10,000
Hello Kitty Island WON 8,000

WON 12,500 (with Observatory)

SSentoy Museum WON 10,000

WON 14,000 (with Observatory)

 

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