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Where to Find the Best Views in Seoul


Where to Find the Best Views in Seoul
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Lydia Schrandt is a writer, editor, and award-winning photographer currently based in Houston. She’s a contributor for USA TODAY 10Best and serves as the first chair of the Editors Council of the Society of American Travel Writers. Her work has appeared in Draft, Time Out Beijing, Travel+, USA TODAY, San Francisco Chronicle, and others.

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Lydia Schrandt is a writer, editor, and award-winning photographer currently based in Houston. She’s a contributor for USA TODAY 10Best and serves as the first chair of the Editors Council of the Society of American Travel Writers. Her work has appeared in Draft, Time Out Beijing, Travel+, USA TODAY, San Francisco Chronicle, and others.

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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.

Han River

Views from the water.

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. 

Han River tours

Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)

360-degree panoramas.

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.

Namsan Tower tours
Take in the views from the top of the Namsan Tower. Photo: Andrew Faulk / Viator

63 Building

Skyscraping vistas.

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.

63 Building tours

Lotte World Tower

Floor-to-ceiling sights.

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.

Lotte World Tower tours
Beautiful views from both inside and out are guaranteed at the Lotte World Tower. Photo: NavinTar / Shutterstock

Mt. Bukhan

Sweeping mountain scenery.

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.

Mt- Bukhan tours

Bukchon Hanok Village

Traditional Korean culture and views.

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.

Bukchon Hanok Village tours
Stroll the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village and enjoy the view. Photo: Andrew Faulk / Viator

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