Here are my favourite 10 places that I think are Insta-worthy (Instagram-worthy!) in Seoul! Aka beautiful places to take photos in Seoul.
Disclaimer: These are places that I have personally been to, I will also include some spots that I have seen online that are Insta-worthy but have never been to at the end of this list.
1. Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁
Of course this has to be on the list right? This palace is the largest palace in Seoul (maybe in Korea too?) and this should be the palace that you should visit when you visit Seoul, especially if it’s your first time. Also, if you rent a hanbok, you get to enter any palace for free!
The palace closes every Tuesday, so as long as you don’t decide to make a visit on Tuesday you should be able to go in. To get to Gyeongbokgung Palace, either go to Anguk Station or Gwanghwamun Station. It’s a 5 minutes walk from the station.
2. Changgyeonggung Palace 창경궁
Next on this list is also another palace, but out of the 4 palaces in Seoul, I would say this is the one that people visit the least. The best time to go to this palace is during Autumn when all the leaves have coloured. Not so sure about how it looks like in Spring but perhaps it will look nice too because of the flowers 🙂
This palace is connected to Changdeokgung 창덕궁 palace near Anguk Station but can also be accessed separately. Similar to the other palaces in Seoul except Gyeongbokgung, this palace is open everyday except on Monday.
3. Deoksugung Palace 덕수궁
This is the last palace in this list, promise! Generally, all the palaces are definitely worth going. This palace has an area that looks more European than Korean so this will give a different palace feel than the others. This palace is nearest to City Hall Station and is open everyday except on Monday.
4. Haneul Gongwon 하늘공원
This park in Seoul is located on top of a hill overlooking Han River, hence the name Haneul Gongwon (Sky Park). This park is actually part of the World Cup Park in Seoul, made of 5 small parks, and offers a beautiful view of the river with large fields of reeds and wind turbines in the park.
Since it’s located on top of a hill, the two ways to get up to the park is by stairs (290 steps up) or by tram (3000 KRW for a two way ride, up and down). You can take the tram up to the park from the park’s parking lot, located 5-10 minutes away from World Cup Stadium Station, Exit 1. In October, there will be more people visiting Haneul Gongwon to see the Seoul Eulalia Festival.
TIP: Since the park is on a hill, it can be quite windy and chilly on top. We spent 3 hours there in November and by the the time we came back down, our hands were literally numb and frozen. Bring hot packs and wear warm clothings if you decide to go there!
5. Han River 한강
Han River is definitely a must-visit place if you are in Seoul. There are many parks that you can go to to see the river or to even take a cruise down the river if you prefer too. I visited the Banpo Bridge 반포대교 Park and also Yeouido Han River Park 여의도한강공원 and both were great places in their own way.
Banpo Bridge area is great for a chill session with chicken and beer with friends. There’s also a rainbow fountain show at certain timings at night. Yeouido Han River Park has more greeneries and is a great place to ride bikes.
6. Ehwa Womans University Main Gate 이화 여자 대학교
Besides being famous for a shopping area, Ehwa Womans University is also a famous place to snap some nice photos. The top two spots to take a photo at Ehwa is definitely the stone wall at its main gate and at the bottom or the top of the first building on the right side after the entrance with huge tall glass walls! To get here, take the train to Ehwa Womans University station, exit at exit 2 or 3 and walk straight for 5-10 minutes to the main entrance.
7. Yonsei University Underwood College Building 연세대학교
Of course I can’t leave out my own school, right? Yonsei University, located right next to Ehwa Womans University area, definitely has many insta-worthy spots! One of the famous places to take pictures in Yonsei is the Underwood College courtyard area. The photo above is the building in summer and it will look different in other seasons because of the greeneries on the building. Cool right?
8. Namsan Tower (Seoul Tower 남산타워)
You’ll definitely hear of Seoul Tower when you are planning for a trip here. It’s a famous tourist spot for a reason! The 360 view of Seoul that you get from the tower is unrivaled by any other place there. Come with your loved ones and lock your love there~
9. Common Ground 커먼 그라운드
This unique container mini shopping center is also a must-go photospot! The blue containers make a good background for your photos, not to mention the fairy lights that are turned on when the sun sets!
To get here, go to Konkuk University Station and exit at Exit 6.
10. Bugak Skyway 북악 스카이웨이
Compared to Bukhansan, this mountain is definitely less popular but doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything to offer! The skyway leads to an octagonal pavilion at the top called Palgakjeong, where you can get a view of Seoul, take photos, and have a meal or coffee while enjoying the scenery. The only difficulty is getting up here: you either need to walk up the roads or drive.
11. BONUS: Other places
As promised, here are the other places in Seoul where you can take great photos for your Instagram:
I’ll probably add on more along the way 🙂 Have fun snapping away~