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A city of both modernity and tradition, Seoul is a great spot for any type of photographer. Not only does it feel like every corner is worth stopping at and snapping a picture, but a lot of places also have great historical and cultural significance. Whether you are a fan of interesting and trippy architecture or you love colourful cafés, these are the seven most photogenic spots in Seoul to check out.
Only an hour's train ride outside of Seoul, this park is home to many Instagrammable spots. You could spend an entire day just inside this massive park, which is home to over 50 beautiful art installations. Not only are the installations a great place to take pictures, but the park itself has something for every type of visitor—whether you like cafes or hiking, they've got you covered.
Some notes would be to do some research before coming to this park so you know which locations to visit and more importantly, how to get there (as some locations are rather difficult to find). Another thing is that even though the park is open 24/7, some exhibits are locked or closed during the night so it's important to check the opening hours beforehand.
Anyang Art Park, 240-18 Seoksu-dong, Manan-gu, Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea | (+82) 31 8045 7000
As one of the largest of Seoul's five ancient palaces, Gyeongbokgung Palace is probably the most visited one. With an array of colours and gorgeous gardens, it’s hard not to get good photos. Amisan Garden is a great spot to see flower gardens, stonework, and other beautiful architectural pieces that were all built in the 1870s.
Changdeokgung Palace is the slightly less famous UNESCO World Heritage site, but it is still one of the best preserved buildings from ancient Korea. It is far less crowded than its big brother at Gyeongbokgung, but just as perfect for your Instagram feed.
Seoul Palaces, 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea | (+82) 02 3700 3900
If you want to explore Changdeokgung Palace even more, purchase tickets to the palace’s Secret Garden that has existed since the 15th century, and allow yourself to immerse in these beautiful gardens, where the Royal Family once relaxed. You can either follow the guided tour or wander around on your own.
Secret Garden, Myeongnyun 3(sam)ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea | (+82) 02 3668 2300
Located 5 minutes away from Hongdae station, Statice Museum is probably the best spot to take trippy and amazingly-cool photos. Not only does the inside of the museum have jungle and mirror themed rooms, but they also give photographers of every level of experience the chance to take the perfect shot. With both interactive and sensory exhibits, this is a perfect spot for any photographer.
Statice Museum, 30 (Novellia Seogyo), Hogik-ro 5-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul | (+82) 02 1661 3972
Common Ground is a commercial centre with a multitude of fashion and lifestyle stores that also offers many photo opportunities, especially in front of the stacked blue shipping containers. The central square area plays host to events and markets throughout the year, and is also a great place for photoshoots.
Common Ground, 200 Achasan-ro, Jayang 4(sa)-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea | (+82) 2467 2747
With two locations in both Hongdae and Myeongdong, Stylenanda Pink Hotel offers many amazing opportunities to take aesthetically pleasing photos for your Insta feed. The 5th floor is the home of the Pink Pool Café, decked out in pastel blue and pink. Although the drinks are slightly overpriced (as expected), this is still worth checking out for its concept and photo ops.
Stylenanda Pink Hotel, 37-8 Myeongdong 8-Gil, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea | (+82) 2 752 4546
As the biggest private art gallery in the world, Leeum Museum of Art was founded by the Samsung Foundation in 2004 and has a variety of art pieces from both traditional and modern Korean artists, as well as a sprinkle of international contemporary art. Known for its three architectural buildings that are each built by world-renowned architects, you will never get bored at this museum.
Leeum Museum of Art, 60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea | (+82) 02 2014 6901
Note: Currently closed due to COVID