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The 25 Best Instagram Photo Spots in Seoul

Last updated on December 3, 2019

You know what they say: Do it for the gram

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Most of our recommendations are hundreds-years-old historic sites (palaces and buddhist temples) and up-and-coming neighborhoods (cafes and stores) in Seoul.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace (Jongno)

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One last episode tomorrow!! ❤️

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Luke always wanted to bring me back to South Korea. He suggested a few times we go there for our honeymoon (we haven’t had one yet due to the seasons so we’re going later in the year), but I would immediately say “No, I’ll probably be crying most of the time and I don’t want to do that on our honeymoon”. I had no idea what to expect from my birth country or how I would react to it. For someone who’s always been able to compartmentalize emotions I always thought I would find this trip confronting, which is in large parts why I think I avoided it for so long. Little did I know that instead of feeling confronted with myself, I would experience a sense of calmness and joy. I would really love to say it was Luke or myself that finally convinced me to come back, but instead it was work or how I see it, the universe drawing me here. We’ve kept this one a secret for a while and I can’t wait to share with you the reason I’m here 🦋

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Gyeongbokgung (website): 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA)

The modern art museum is located east of Gyeongbokgung Palace and south of Bukchon Hanok village.

MMCA (website): 30 Samcheong-ro, Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Bukchon Hanok Village (Samcheong-dong)

Bukchon Hanok Village: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong, 계동길 37


Visit Insadong for traditional art, interior decor and supplies. 


Jogyesa (website): 55 Ujeongguk-ro, Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul; 02-768-8600 (조계사)

Seoul City Hall

Check out this cool I·SEOUL·U sign in front of the city hall! You can find the same sign in Yeouido Han River Park (more below).

Seoul City Hall (website): 110 Sejong-daero, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul

Style Nanda Pink Pool Cafe (Myeongdong)

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The pool itself isn’t actually pink, but the rest of the cafe is. Its two locations are conveniently located upstairs of Style Nanda in Hongdae and Pink Hotel in Myeongdong. Check out the full list of pink cafes in Seoul here.

Pink Pool Cafe: Pink Hotel 5F, 37-8 Myeongdong 8-gil, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu; 02-752-4546.

Style Nanda flagship store 4F, 23 Wausanro 29-dagil, Mapo-gu; 070-7663-6909. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.

Amore Pacific headquarters (Yongsan)

If you’re familiar with K-beauty, you’ve heard of one of these brands: Sulwhasoo, Laneige, innisfree, mamonde, Etude House and Aritaum. Amore Pacific is a huge beauty and skincare company in Korea that owns all of the above brands and more. 

Amore Pacific recently moved house to this gorgeous building designed by David Chipperfield. The lobby area, which is visitors friendly, is filled with super chic, Instagram-worthy objects like the merry-go-round, hanbok gallery and more.

Amore Pacific (website): 2-218, Hangangno 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Ehwa Women’s University (Sinchon)

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Ehwa Women’s University (website): 52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Bukahyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

Haneul Park (Sangam-dong)

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Visit Haneul Park in the fall for the beautiful pink-colored muhly grass. Jamwon Han River Park in Banpo-dong also has a huge section of muhly grass, and is a good alternative. 

On New Year’s Day, Haneul Park hosts an annual sunrise festival. Read more here.

Haneul Park: 487-48 Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul; 02-300-5501

Jamwon Han River Park: 221-124 Jamwon-ro, Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul; 02-3780-0531

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

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Snap a photo against the backdrop of this futuristic-looking silver building. Dongdaemun is home to many flea markets and fashion stores. Among them, model Soo Joo Park recommends Pyeong Hwa Fashion Town and Doota. Her other shop recommendations are available on Vogue.

If you’re visiting DDP at night, don’t forget to check out the LED roses. 

Yeoido Han River Park 

Garosugil (Sinsa)

Tamburins and Gentle Monster are two of the must-see, experience-based shops in Sinsa, which feels like Le Marais, Paris, according to Vogue.

If you see Naver’s Line Friends store while walking up and down the main street, go in for a photo with this giant teddy bear. 

Kakao Friends (Gangnam)

If there’s Line Friends in Garosugil, there’s Kakao Friends near Gangnam station (line 2). Walk up to the top floor of the store for macarons shaped like the Kakao characters.

Kakao Friends (website): 429 Gangnam-daero, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul; 02-6494-1100

Art Monster (Gangnam) 

Experience a bit of Hong Kong in the heart of Seoul. Art Monster is a brewery pub that also sells mouth-watering pizzas. 

Art Monster (website): 28-1 Teheran-ro 1 gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-6448-6110. Other locations in Sungsu, Ikseon and Songpa.


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Thank you for the genuine outpour of love since my last post and to every person who commented or messaged me privately to share their own adoption stories. I had no idea there are so many people, specifically from South Korea, who were adopted around the same age and share such a similar story to mine, of finding one’s self or the journey it’s taken to get there. Half had returned to South Korea and shared similar emotions, the other half were still anticipating going back when they were ready. I had to take breaks between reading each story because I was crying and couldn’t read my screen. I wasn’t crying because I was sad, I was crying because this was by far the most connected I have ever felt to others via my social media; it gave me hope that social media can still be a beautiful thing, and such purity and honesty can still be found. And for that, I’m grateful. We’re all deeply connected by a story, one that needs to be discussed more 💕

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Bongeunsa (website): 531 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-3218-4800 (봉은사)

Common Ground (near Sungsu)

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Common Ground: 200 Achasan-ro, Jayang 4(sa)-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul; 02-467-2747. Closes at 10 p.m.

Seoulism (Jamsil)

Visit this rooftop cafe in Jamsil for a chance to snap a photo of the Lotte World Tower with the SEOUL sign.

Seoulism (Facebook): Jamsil 48-7 Songpa-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul

In the Vicinity: Places in the far edges of Seoul

Korea Furniture Museum (Seongbuk-dong)

Korea Furniture Museum (website): 121 Daesagwan-ro, Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul; 02-745-0181

Ihwa Mural Village

Ihwa Mural Village: 6-18 Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Chungwoon Literature Library (Buamdong)

Chungwoon Literature Library (website): 40 Jahamun-ro 36-gil, Cheongun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul; 070-4680-4032

Seokparang (Jongno) 

Famous for Korean royal court cuisine, Seokparang is one of the restaurants introduced in the Michelin Guide 2019. Their lunch specials range from $66 to 110, and dinner from $110 to $160.

Seokparang (website): 309 Jahamun-ro, Hongji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul; 02-395-2500

Which places have you visited and loved? Please share your pictures by tagging us @whatakdrama on Instagram! 

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