This is a shot! The best places in Seoul for bright photos

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is generous in location for “postcard” photos. We have compiled a selection of the most beautiful places in the South Korean capital, looking at which you immediately want to take a camera and fly to this colorful country. We have attached useful recommendations to the review.


Agree, it is already difficult to imagine a trip without uploading photos to social networks. Everyone knows: I didn’t post, so I didn’t. Guests of atmospheric Seoul, as well as other cities of South Korea, will definitely not have problems with breathtaking pictures – the frames will be collected for a whole portfolio of wonderful moments of relaxation in Seoul.

In order to orient you by location, In collaboration with the National Tourism Organization of Korea (KOTK), we have compiled a list of places where you can guarantee the best shots.


Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung, one of the five royal palaces in Seoul, which during the the existence of the Korean empire, Daehanjeguk was used as a residence for members of the imperial family – this is a classic for photographers.

Since Deoksugung is not only traditional Korean royal buildings combined with Western-style buildings, but also sophisticated landscapes, the atmosphere here is not solemn, but rather romantic and mysterious. The pictures are the same.

Where to take pictures? Of course, against the backdrop of the Sokchojong building, built in the neoclassical style of the 19th century. A green lawn is laid out next to it and a fountain gurgles. Together they form an idyllic landscape that will beautify your photos.

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Do not stop! Go to Jeongdongkil Street, better known as “Toldamkil Street”, which runs along Deoksugung Palace for 900 meters. The carriageway of Toldamkil is paved with asphalt, and the pedestrian part with clay tiles. Ginkgo and maple trees are densely planted along the street. Walking in these fabulously beautiful places is as pleasant as taking pictures.

Tip: The National Tourism Organization of Korea recommends visiting the palace in the fall, from late October to early November, if possible . After all, it is during the tangphun period, when the leaves of the trees turn red, yellow and gold, that the landscapes of the palace are especially attractive.

Note:near the palace, there is an observation deck of Cheongdong, as well as the Sesil Theater with an observation deck on the roof, from where beautiful views of the entire territory of Deoksugung Palace open up. From February 7, 2020, due to the coronavirus situation, Cheongdong Viewpoint is temporarily closed to the public.

This is a shot! The best spots in Seoul for amazing photos

Cheongdong Viewpoint

Opening hours: every day from 9:00 to 21:00 (the ticket office is open until 20:00). Monday is a day off.

Entrance Fee: Teenagers (7-18 years old): Individual 500 won/Groups (10 or more) 400 won. Adults (19-64 years old): Individual 1,000 won/Groups (10 or more) 800 won free of charge on the last Wednesday of every month and for people in traditional Hanbok attire.


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Seoulism Café

Seoulism Cafe is a popular rooftop terrace cafe located on Seongnidang-gil in Jamsil district, which offers great views of Seoul and the tower Lotte World Tower.

The most photographed place here is the installation with the Seoul sign, behind which you can see the Lotte World Tower.

After visiting the outdoor terrace, go to the nearby huge vintage-style room, its large windows also offer amazing views of the city.

Photos in this place are touching. It is as if you are visiting friends – it is so cozy here, and the surroundings correspond to emotions.

Tip:The most colorful cafe shots are taken during sunset and against the backdrop of the night lights of the city. The photo zone installed on the open terrace is quite narrow, therefore, when taking pictures, we recommend using a wide-angle camera lens.


This is a shot! The best places in Seoul for amazing photos

Peaches – hip-hop cultural space

Peaches is an ode to contemporary art, beauty and style. This space hosts car exhibitions and all kinds of cultural events. Naturally, there are stylish establishments, street racing-style fashion brand Peaches, and the popular Knotted donut shop and Downtowner burger.

Where to look for photo locations? Everywhere! More specifically, next to cars decorating open space, as well as near entertaining art objects in the form of a car body.

What to wear for a photo to fit into the flavor of the place? We offer something trendy, of course. Such that the outfit reflects the uniqueness of your vision of fashion and diversity. In fact, the main thing is to take a good mood and a large memory card for your camera with you.

Tip: in addition to the exhibition spaces on the ground floor, on the roof of the second floor there is a skateboard area and various photo zones. We recommend that you take memorable pictures here as well.

Opening hours:every day from 11:00 to 21:00. Smoking Tigers Bar: Every day from 15:00 to 00:00.

Fee: free.


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Seoul Botanical Park

Seoul Botanical Park is a colorful and delicious-smelling green island in the middle of ultra-modern Seoul. Here you want to take pictures right with your eyes, so as not to miss anything.

What is there? Naturally, various plants brought from 12 cities of the world. And also a cultural space that combines a park and a botanical garden. The space is huge, equal in area to the size of 70 football fields.

First, you can arrange a photo session in a small greenhouse inside the botanical park, and then take a walk around the park, take pictures against the backdrop of a lake, a courtyard with a lawn, a building in the style Hanok

There are various photo zones on the ground floor of the botanical park. We also recommend taking the elevator to the second floor to the SkyWalk area. From there you can see the entire greenhouse at a glance. The light here is soft, so you can take good pictures.

When visiting the Seoul Botanical Park, don't dress warmly. It is so warm inside that in winter you can walk without outerwear. When visiting the park in cold weather, we recommend bringing a light jacket or sweater with you.

Opening hours:summer period (March – October): 09:30 to 18:00 (last entry at 17:00). Winter period (November – February): from 09:30 to 17:00 (last admission at 16:00). Closed every Monday.

Entry Fee: Adults 5,000 won (approximately RUB 230), Teenagers 3,000 won, Children 2,000 won.

Group Rate (30+ people): Adults 3,500 won/Teenagers 2,100 won/Children 1,400 won


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Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

The comprehensive cultural space Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a favorite place for connoisseurs of unexpected and sensual shots. The architecture of the building helps them to become such. It is a futuristic building with smooth and graceful lines and shapes. The building is mesmerizing and perfect, like other works by renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

Buildings and open spaces create a mysterious atmosphere: penetrating soft sunlight and shadows, combined with the smooth lines of buildings, form a beautiful backdrop for daytime photos, and bright evening lighting makes for fantastic night shots.

Tip:for unusual shots, we recommend using the graceful lines of the building and sunlight penetrating through the cracks as a background during the day, and night lighting creating a mysterious atmosphere in the evening. The coolest pictures are taken at Oullim Square, where you can capture the beauty of architectural buildings.

Opening hours: every day from 10:00 to 21:00. The weekend is January 1st, Chuseok and Seollal.

Price: free.


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Greem Cafe in 2D

This cafe, where the popular Netflix series “To All the Boys I've Loved Before 3” was filmed, is visited by to “renounce” reality and immerse yourself in the world of comics. The atmosphere of the institution fully meets such desires.

The Greem Cafe is a drawn 2D space in which everything from the plants and trees on the walls to the pieces of furniture resembles a simple black and white pencil sketch. So it turns out that visitors seem to fall into a painted world and become characters from a comic book or cartoon.

Of course, photos in this place are original and gain a huge number of likes on social networks.

Tip:The cafe has prepared hats, bags and other accessories that you can use to make your pictures more colorful.

Opening hours:Wednesday – Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00 (closed – Monday, Tuesday).


This is a shot! The best places in Seoul for amazing photos


LibraryImpressive photos in the library? Yes, it's a reality when it comes to the Starfield Library, located in the middle of the Coex mall in Seoul. There will be no place for boring pictures here, here they turn out incredibly elegant.

Because this is not just a library, but a whole cultural space, decorated with a bright art object, the theme of which changes depending on the season. For understanding: in winter it is a Christmas tree. By the way, you can also enjoy reading books here. The choice is rich: publications on the humanities, economics, hobbies, etc.

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Starfield Library

Accessible by escalator, the top floor of the Starfield Library offers a picture-worthy view of the entire library. It is recommended to take it on camera.

Great pictures are also obtained if you take a picture against the background of bookshelves, standing on the descending escalator. When photographing in daylight, you can use the rays of light penetrating the glass ceiling.

You can also take pictures in the aquarium, cinema, restaurants and cafes located in the shopping center.

Coex shopping center is located in Gangnam area, easily accessible by public transportation. The mall is always fun and there is something to do. The place is great for romantic dates, and at the end of the year the atmosphere of Christmas reigns here.

Library opening hours: every day 10:30 to 22:00 (excluding holidays).

Alexandra Polyanskaya

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