Welcome to the #1 complete Seoul photo guide. I’m a photographer based in Seoul, South Korea. I have been here exploring, documenting, and photographing life throughout the city for the past 8 years. This guide is my complete guide for travelers and photographers looking to explore Seoul’s largest attractions and sights, as well as the unique, rarely-seen hidden gems, spots, and locations. This guide will suit you if you’re looking to view real life in Seoul or do research for travel, street, or documentary-style photography.
With that said, let’s jump into our guide. Administratively, Seoul is divided into 25 districts. The name of these districts may or may not directly correspond to the name of popular locations, but these locations will be detailed under their district. A closer, in-depth look at each district and each location is also available for you to explore further. You can simply follow through the links provided.
(This guide will be continuously updated.)
Eunpyeong District (은평구) is situated in the Northwestern part of Seoul, neighboring Gyeonggi Province‘s Goyang city to the west, Jongno District to the east, Seodaemun to the southeast, and Mapo to the southwest.
Much of the northern part of Eunpyeong is mostly residential areas that seem to be of little interest to tourists, especially compared to areas in central Seoul. However, there are areas throughout the district that still hold their charm and may well be worth a visit to explore, especially if your visit to Seoul is not limited to a few days/couple of weeks. If you’re here longer, I’d still recommend getting out and exploring the outer regions of Seoul, such as the Eunpyeong District.
Eunpyeong is part of the territory of the Bukhansan National Park mountain range, which has the highest mountain peaks in Seoul! If you enjoy hiking, you’ll certainly enjoy a visit to Bukhansan as it boasts some of the best hiking in the city!
Explore More: Complete Eunpyeong-gu Photo Guide; Complete Bukhansan Photo Guide;
Subway Line 3: Gupabal, Yeonsinnae, Bulgwang, Nokbeon
Subway Line 6: Eungam, Yeokchon, Bulgwang, Dokbawi, Yeonsinnae, Gusan, Saejeol (Sinsa), Jeungsan, Digital Media City
Made popular around the world through the hit-pop song, Gangnam Style, the Gangnam-gu (강남구) district is an upper-class/business district in downtown Seoul. It’s located south of the Han River, a little towards the east situated between Seocho-Gu to the west, and Songpa-gu to the east. North of the Han river it is bordered mainly by Seongdong-gu.
Gangnam is a beautiful area for photography if you’re interested in photographing the skylines of some of Seoul’s most fascinating works of architecture and high-rises. It’s also a treasure trove for street photography, as well as night photography, especially in its buzzing nightlife areas.
Explore More: Complete Gangnam-gu Photo Guide;
Subway Line 2: Samseong, Seolleung, Yeoksam, Gangnam
Subway Line 3: Apgujeong, Sinsa
Subway Line 7: Cheongdam, Gangnam-gu Office, Hak-dong, Nonhyeon
Subway Line 9: Sinnonhyeon, Eonju, Seonjeongneung, Samseong Jungang, Bongeunsa
Bundang Line: Apgujeong Rodeo, Gangnam-gu Office, Seonjeongneung, Seolleung, Hanti, Dogok, Guryong, Daepo-dong, Daemosan, Suseo
Shinbundang Line: Sinsa, Nonhyeon, Sinnonhyeon, Gangnam
Jongno-gu (종로구) is Seoul’s historic and cultural center. It has been the home of kings and queens of Korea’s Joseon dynasty since its establishment in 1392. The Jongno district presents a wonderful blend of modernity with tradition and culture. The district offers some of the city’s top attractions such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest, and most prominent among the five in the district.
Jongno-gu is also home to many art galleries, museums, and other cultural assets that Seoul has to offer. In addition, it is a bustling modern business area and the modern governmental center of the capital city. Whether you’re a photographer or other visitor, you’ll want to dedicate a good amount of time to explore this district!
Jongno-gu’s location is slightly northwestern Seoul. It borders Eunpyeong-gu and Seodaemun-gu to the west, Jung-gu to the south, Seongbuk-gu to the east, and Gyeonggi Province, Goyang city to the north.
Explore More: Complete Jongno-gu Photo Guide; Gyeongbokgung Photo Guide;
Subway Line 1: Dongmyo, Dongdaemun, Jongno 5(o)-ga, Jongno 3(sam)-ga, Jonggak
Subway Line 3: Gyeongbokgung, Anguk, Jongno 3(sam)-ga
Subway Line 4: Hyehwa, Dongdaemun
Subway Line 5: Seodaemun, Gwanghwamun, Jongno 3(sam)-ga
Subway Line 6: Dongmyo, Changsin
Mapo-gu (마포구) is a district in western Seoul just above the Han River (aka. Hangang / 한강) and bordering Goyang (고양시), Gyeonggi Province (경기도) on the west. It also borders from north to east Seoul districts Eunpyeong-gu, Seodaemun-gu, Jung-gu, and Yongsan-gu. Mapo-gu also borders Gangseo-gu and Jung-gu from west to east, south of the Han River.
There are several popular neighborhoods in Mapo-gu, including several university areas, such as the very popular Hongdae (aka Hongik University / 홍대). Such areas are alive with a lot of young energy and a big nightlife scene. This is one of Seoul’s best spots for street photography.
Explore More: Complete Mapo-gu Photo Guide; Hongdae Photo Guide; Hongdae Street Photography Gallery;
Subway Line 2: Hapjeong, Hongik University, Sinchon, Ewha Woman’s University, Ahyeon
Subway Line 5: Mapo, Gongdeok, Aeogae
Subway Line 6: World Cup Stadium (Seongsan), Mapo-gu Office, Mangwon, Hapjeong, Sangsu, Gwangheungchang, Daeheung, Gongdeok
Airport Railway Line: Gongdeok, Hongik University
Gyeongui-Jungang Line: Hongik University, Sogang University, Gongdeok