Many people have heard of Seoul. Most people know where it is, some famous aspects of it and have maybe even seen some pictures of it. But I feel like most people don’t know much about it further than basic facts, and I know that most people haven’t seen how beautiful it really is. Through my blog, I have been trying to show what Seoul has to offer, from reused highways to stunning mountains such as Naksan and Bukhansan. However, my blog has two main purposes. One of these is obvious, blogging! The other is photography. I have been combining these two aspects to create blogs, but today I want to do the opposite. I want to create a photo gallery through my blog!
The Beauty of Seoul
This post will contain my favourite images from my time here in Seoul. I have lived here for almost two years now, and in that time I have discovered a lot about the city. In my first semester here I always used to go out and explore – a combination of wanting to escape from the dormitory, and a want to find new places to take photos. In New Zealand, I had always seen amazing cityscape images but was never able to take them myself. The usual subjects of city-scape shots are cities like Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo. However, while Seoul has fewer skyscrapers and is more spread out, I think it can contend those cities for the most picturesque city around. I wrote this post dedicated to the amazing city that is Seoul and to show why it is such a pretty place.
Everyone who has been to Seoul knows of the Han River, and maybe even some people who haven’t. Famous for being the gigantic river that runs through the centre of Seoul, it is also one of Seoul’s most famous landmarks. In summer it becomes a popular place to spend time, and many tents can be seen along the river. If you are interested in taking a cruise along the river that is also possible during summer. I haven’t had the chance yet, but it is something I hope to do in the near future!
The river brings a lot of things to Seoul that it would otherwise lack. Nature, picnic areas, and somewhere to enjoy the outdoors are all provided by the Han River. Many cities have famous rivers, but I think you would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful river.
Another very famous and iconic location within Seoul, Namsan is a mountain that is home to one of the tallest buildings in Seoul – Namsan Tower. The tower dominates the skyline of the city and can be seen from nearly anywhere due to its central location. While the tower is no longer the tallest in Seoul (being overshadowed recently by Lotte Tower), it still provides amazing views of the city. Although Namsan is on the ‘main tourist path’ and is often crowded, it is somewhere I can’t recommend enough. The short bus ride or walk up the mountain is well worth it (for more details click here).
Lotte Tower and Namsan Tower provide the best and easiest locations to photograph the skyline of Seoul. But that isn’t to say there aren’t more great locations too. Seoul is a city full of mountains. In fact, there is nearly a mountain in walking distance from anywhere in the city. Some of the best views come from Naksan, Hanuel Park and other places that elude me right now. Exploring is key in cities as that is the only way to find hidden gems, ranging from amazing cafes to stunning views.
Wherever in the world you live, if you haven’t gone out and explored recently I highly encourage it! You never know what you will find. This is something I never did much at home, but after moving overseas I quickly became accustomed to. Like I said earlier, when I first came to Seoul I loved to just go out and explore. While my motivation to just drop everything and go out has waned, I still love to explore when I have time.
Seoul – Unlike Anywhere Else
Through my post I wanted to show a side of Seoul that not everyone gets to see. The side of Seoul that is my favourite. In the future I want to do more photographic posts like this, so let me know what you think and if you liked it! For more pictures please feel free to check my galleries. Don’t forget to share this post if you enjoyed it! I hope that more people can see Seoul as I do.