Explore the Beauty of South Korea

South Korea is a beautiful country that has been my home for the past 10 years. The beauty of the people and culture has inspired me to explore, learn photography (starting 7 years ago), and begin photographing and documenting life on the peninsula. The guides in this photo journal are my personal notes and thoughts on life throughout South Korea as well as notes for photographers or photography enthusiasts hoping to visit. I hope the journals will be useful for photographers, tourists, and those wanting to live in South Korea.

View my Complete Photo Guide to South Korea.

Explore by City: Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Incheon, Gwangju, Daejeon, Ulsan, Sejong
Explore by Province: Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, North Chungcheong, South Chungcheong, North Jeolla, South Jeolla, North Gyeongsang, South Gyeongsang
Explore Other: Jeju Island

October 2015—Gangnam Slight Long-Exposure

Back in October 2015, I was exploring the streets of Gangnam, right near the famous Gangnam station in the Gangnam district. I learned about long-exposure photography shortly before this particular day. I experimented with doing timelapse videos around this time as well. This evening, I was out to create timelapse videos of some scenes in …

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Long exposure photography in Seogwipo City, Jeju Island, South Korea. Sea photography by The Photo Memoirs

March 2022 – Seogwipo, Jeju Island random seaside long exposure

On my trip to Jeju Island back in March 2022, I spent some time on the coast of a random location in Seogwipo on an evening during sunset. Unfortunately, there was a terrible overcast. So I couldn’t see any colors associated with a clear day sunset. Still, I wasn’t deterred from venturing out to find some interesting spots to …

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Yongmeori Coast, Andeok-Myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju Island Street Photograph of children playing at a mini amusement park/fair near Sanbangsan by The Photo Memoirs

March 2022 – Sanbangsan, Yongmeori Coast Street Photo 02

I photographed this image on my short trip to Yongmeori Coast (용머리해안), located in Andeok-Myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju Island. This is a famous little tourist attraction with lots of visitors. Following the Korean blogs of places to visit, this is certainly one of them, so traveling to the Seogwipo area, you may want to stop by and check out the place. …

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Street Photography in Jeju Island at Yongmeori Coast, Seogwipo City by The Photo Memoirs

March 2022 Sanbangsan, Yongmeori Coast – Street Photo 01

There is a beautiful photography spot in Andeok-Myeon Seogwipo, Jeju Island. It’s a famous area called Yongmeori Coast, the name literally means dragon head coast because of its shape. On arriving we were unable to take the boat ride along the coast, but I was happy to just walk around a little bit and capture some street photography. With lots …

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High contrast, Black and White photograph at the seaside in Jeju Island, South Korea. Silhouette photo of a young boy with his feet in the water

Jeju Island March 2022-02

Another image I was happy to photograph while on our family trip to Jeju island is this photo of my son playing on the beach. He was thrilled to take off his socks and shoes and feel the water as it came to and fro. Although the water is still cold, and not suitable for swimming just yet, …

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Jeju Island Photography by Seoul Photographer, The Photo Memoirs

Jeju Island March 2022-01

I enjoyed a very refreshing family trip to Jeju Island back in March 2022, after a long stretch of staying close to home because of COVID. It was great to spend time with my family and in-laws, enjoy the fresh air coming off the sea, and of course grab the opportunity to take some photographs. The image …

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An alleyway with Neon Lights in Seoul. The photograph is a part of the documentary photography project of Neon Lights in Seoul, South Korea by The Photo Memoirs.

Photo Journal 09.03.2022 – Neon Lights in Seoul

I’m happy to share with you just a few photographs today taken earlier in the year. These photographs will be included in my newly uploaded 4th Photo Collection entitled “Neon Lights (Seoul)”. I have always been very fascinated with doing street/documentary style photography since purchasing my first DSLR in 2015. I especially enjoy doing photography …

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Wired Seoul Collection, Documentary Photography Project in Seoul, South Korea by The Photo Memoirs

Photo Journal 09.01.2022 (Uploading, Updating, and Displaying More Current Project Galleries)

Today’s journal is also some basic updates and news on my current projects documenting life in Seoul, South Korea. I have been bad at publicly publishing my work either on social media or on my website. I have over 100,000 photographs, but in total, I may have only shared about 0.02% of my photographs ever! …

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시장 Collection; Street Photography Series Documenting Korea's Traditional street markets, called 시장 (sijang) in Korean. Photo Series by The Photo Memoirs

Photo Journal 08.31.2022 (Presenting My First Online Gallery—시장)

Today’s journal is a simple one. I have been taking lots of photographs lately, some of which I’ll be sharing here in the near future. I’m happy to present you with some quick updates and news about my work. I will be soon sharing more and more video content. I’m ready to go with some …

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