10 Places with the best view in Seoul: Where to see Seoul skyline

View from Namsan Mountain

Last Updated on February 13, 2024 by Ingrid & Alex

Are you visiting Seoul and are looking for the best view in town? After spending almost one year exploring the stunning Asian metropolis, here is our list of where to see the Seoul skyline.

Mountains, hills, terraces, or towers – all provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable view.

Some of these places made it on our Top Instagrammable Places in Seoul list mainly because they offer some of the best views in town.

So, without further ado, here are our top 11 places with the best view in Seoul.

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Places with the best view in Seoul: Where to see Seoul skyline

Bugak Palgakjeong Pavilion

Bugak Palgakjeong Pavilion

Nestled atop Bugaksan Mountain, the pavilion is not popular with tourists and is easily among the best off-the-beaten-path places to explore in Seoul.

If you don’t have a car, you will find it difficult to get to the beautiful pagoda and skywalk. However, the walk-up will be worth it for the views you get to enjoy.

We went on a busy weekend day, and had lunch inside the pagoda, enjoying the view of the beautiful city below us. If you can choose the time for a visit, we would encourage you to go during the golden hour (just before sunset).

Bugak Palgakjeong Pavilion

From this viewpoint, you can admire Namsan Tower, the Seoul Fortress Wall, Bugaksan Mountain, and a part of the city as it brights up.

Address: 267 Bugaksan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Haneul Park

Haneul Park

Set in a residential area, one hour away from the city center, Haneul Park is popular with locals and photography lovers.

Because we stayed in Digital Media City, this park was within walking distance of our place and one of our favorite places for having coffee with a view. If you want to do that, please make sure to bring the coffee with you, on top of the hill there is only a small convenience store.

From the viewpoint platforms, you can see the Han River, the World Cup Stadium, and both N Seoul Tower and Lotte Tower in the distance, depending on the day.

You can choose to climb to the top of the hill on foot or to take the small train available in the park.

How to get to Haneul Park

From Seoul Station, take the Airport Railroad line to Digital Media City Station. From there walk or take line number 6 to World Cup Stadion Station. Take Exit 1 and you will have to walk a little to get to the park, and most importantly, to the top of the hill.

Address: 482 Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

N Seoul Tower

Namsan Park

The most iconic tower in the city, N Seoul Tower is perched atop Namsan Mountain in the heart of the city.

NSeoul Tower deck

Rising 236 meters above sea level, the tower offers panoramic views of Seoul’s sprawling metropolis, with iconic landmarks such as the Han River, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza visible from its observation decks.

The tower itself features an array of attractions, including observation decks, a digital observatory, and a revolving restaurant, where you can enjoy panoramic views while dining on gourmet cuisine.

No matter if you choose to take the cable car to the top of the mountain or climb there on foot, you will be enchanted by the views.

View from Namsan Mountain

Read also: How to get to Namsan Tower

Buam-dong

Sanmotunggi Coffee

This Seoul neighborhood is perched on the top of the hill and is packed with art museums, trendy cafes, and delicious restaurants.

Whenever we felt like running from the crowds, we would take the car and drive to Buam-dong. In the area, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants that offer stunning city and mountain views, along with mouth-watering food.

Buam-dong restaurant

You can explore hidden alleyways, discover unique artisan shops, or simply soak in the peaceful ambiance while sipping on a cup of specialty coffee.

Buam-dong is also home to several cultural attractions, including the Bukchon Art Museum and the Gahoe Museum, which offer insights into the area’s rich artistic heritage.

Yeouido Hangang Park

Wisteria in Seoul

Spanning over 500 kilometers, the Han River serves as a lifeline for the city, offering a tranquil escape amidst the bustling metropolis.

Along its banks, you can find a myriad of recreational activities, including biking, picnicking, and leisurely strolls along scenic walking paths.

The river also serves as a hub for water sports enthusiasts, with opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and river cruises.

As day turns to night, the Han River transforms into a glittering spectacle, with the bridges and skyscrapers along its banks illuminated by colorful lights, creating a magical ambiance.

During spring, but not only, the Yeouido Hangang Park becomes one of the main attractions in town. The park is lined with cherry trees and hosts the famous Cherry Blossom Festival, but it also offers one of the most beautiful city skyline views.

Whenever I would feel like relaxing with a good coffee in hand and a city view, I would head to the Hyundai Seoul and Yeouido Hangang Park.

Address: 330 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Seoullo 7017 Skygarden

Seoullo

Formerly known as the Seoul Station Overpass, Seoullo has been transformed into a vibrant pedestrian walkway and urban park that showcases the city’s innovative spirit and commitment to sustainability.

Spanning over one kilometer and towering above the bustling streets of central Seoul, Seoullo 7017 offers a unique perspective of the city, providing panoramic views of iconic landmarks and architectural wonders.

Seoullo

Lined with lush greenery, colorful gardens, and art installations, the elevated walkway invites visitors to stroll, jog, or simply unwind amidst the urban oasis.

The pedestrian walkway links Seoul Station to Namdamun Market and Namsan Mountain.

Address: 432 Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Lotte Tower & Seoul Sky

Set in Korea’s tallest building, Seoul Sky Tower is a must visit if you love the city views, set on floors 117-123 of Lotte Tower.

Lotte Tower is an iconic skyscraper that dominates the city skyline, offering panoramic views of the bustling metropolis below.

Address: 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Book your ticket with a discount here!

Naksan Park

Naksan Park is another park renowned for its panoramic views of the surrounding urban landscape and historic landmarks.

The Seoul Fortress Wall was built durint the Joseon Dynasty and completes the beauty of the Naksan Park.

Getting there is easy by subway, take Line 4 to Hyehwa (Exit 2).

Address: 41 Naksan-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Blue Bottle cafe in Bukchon Hanok Village (Samcheong Cafe)

Blue Bottle Cafe Bukchon Hanok Village

If you are traveling to Asia for the first time, you should definetly visit the Blue Bottle Cafe while you are in Seoul, especially the one set in Bukchon Hanok Village because it offers a great city view.

One of the most popular cafes in Seoul, the building is set in between traditional hanok houses and featurew wide windows from where you can admire the authentic neighborhood.

The place gets crowded around lunch time so avoid going there if you want to catch a spot at the tables offering a view.

Address: 76 Bukchon-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Vista Walkerhill Hotel

Vista Walkerhill

This hotel is set away from the hustle and bustle and offers breathtaking views over the Han River and the Gangnam area.

We had the chance to spend a few days at the hotel and enjoyed the views from the comfort of our jacuzzi.

Vista Walkerhill Hotel Sauna

Moreover, hotel guests can access their incredible jimjilbang with hot tubs overlooking the river and city.

Address: 177 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Book your stay at the Vista Walkerhill Seoul here!

By Ingrid & Alex

Ingrid A former financial professional, I have been passionate about photography since an early age. My fascination with Korean culture was one of the reasons Alex accepted a business role in Seoul. Alex A former corporate business executive, I am a historical fiction writer. My business career allowed us to live in Seoul and explore South Korea for one year. We fell in love with the country, its culture, food, and people, and we strongly believe you will love it too! Because we know how difficult planning a trip can be, especially to South Korea, we are here to help you out and ensure you have an awesome time there.

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