Where to Find the Best Views in Seoul
The undulating hills of Seoul provide the city with several scenic vantage points. If you’re looking to soak up the scenery—or capture some stellar photos—of the South Korean capital, here’s where to find the best panoramic views.
Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)
This tower in the heart of the South Korean capital affords 360-degree views of the surrounding city from three different observation decks. Visit after dark during a sightseeing tour of Seoul by night for illuminated views.
The Han River
The Han River flows through the center of Seoul and offers a different perspective on the city’s skyscrapers and landmarks. Cruise along the waters for a leisurely view of the city passing you by, or take a walk along its shores.
Lotte World Tower
Ride one of the world’s fastest elevators to the top of Seoul’s tallest skyscraper for views from 1,821 feet (555 meters) above the ground. Intrepid visitors can even stand on a glass-floored observation deck on the 118th floor.
This skyscraper overlooking the Han River is home to the 63 Sky Art Museum, a gallery on the 60th floor that combines Korean art with stellar views from above. Book admission in advance to skip the queue at the ticket office.
For spectacular views of South Korea’s natural scenery, head to the top of Mt. Bukhan just outside the city. Many guided hikes include the chance to relax at a traditional Korean jjimjilbang (spa) after the hike.
Bukchon Hanok Village
From the hills of this traditional village, visitors enjoy views of historic Korean homes with the city’s modern skyscrapers in the background. It’s also one of the best spots in the city to watch a sunset.