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

Photo Journal 8.24.2022 (Reviewing Street Photos from January 2021)

Today was a good day. After finishing my daily schedules I headed out to do some photography, camera, and tripod in hand. I will be sharing some of the results from today’s work within the next few days. For this journal, I am sharing some photographs from the local area here in Eunpyeong District, Seoul, …

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Gyeongbokgung Palace Photo Guide

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the grandest palace in Seoul since its construction over 600 years ago at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty. This is my complete Gyeongbokgung Palace Photo Guide. The palace is rich in history, however, the original structures have been sadly destroyed and since reconstructed. It’s also been said that much of the …

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The #1 Complete Seoul Photo Guide

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 …

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Photo Journal 8.19.2022 (Seoul Street Photography—Hongdae)

In today’s journal, I will share with you some more photographs from my adventures in May 2016. At that time, one of my most frequently visited places in Seoul for street photography was Hongdae, aka Hongik University. This area is very lively until late at night with lots of young people out and about meeting …

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Long-Exposure Night Photography in Seoul, South Korea by Photographer Don MacDonell

Long-Exposure/Light Stream Photography (Oct 2015)

In the following podcast-like video I share some of my photographs doing Long-Exposure photography at night in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace some 7 years ago! I’m happy to reflect and comment on my work after years of added experience. Feel free to share your thoughts or questions on the photographs in the comments below.