Top 10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Seoul

Seoul at Night
Seoul at Night | ©travel oriented/Flickr
Linda Dunsmore

The city of Seoul is blessed with lush parks, tall mountains, and fantastic architecture. At a first glance, the megacity can be quite overwhelming. We have put together this list of the 10 most instagrammable spots in Seoul so you don’t miss a thing.

Maebong Mountain

Located in the heart of Seoul, Maebong Mountain offers amazing views of the city at any time of day. The most spectacular shots can be achieved in the early morning hours when the sun rises behind the hills on the other side of the Han river.

1. Bukchon Hanok Village

One of the oldest parts of Seoul, the Bukchon Hanok Village is also one of the most picturesque places in the city. Filled with a collection of traditional Korean houses, called hanok, the area is a popular spot for photographers and tourists who pose in traditional Korean dresses.

Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

2. Dongdaemun Design Plaza


An architectural masterpiece, the DDP is one of the most popular locations for Instagrammers. It’s not only a great building to see from the outside, but also houses nifty shops and art galleries. On top of that, the bi-annual Seoul Fashion Week is hosted at the DDP.

Gwanghui-dong, Seoul, South Korea

3. Gwangjang Market

Market, Korean, Vegan, Vegetarian, Street Food

Gwangjang Markets food zone
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If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat while snapping photos, Gwangjang Market is your best bet. Spicy Korean street food, sweet snacks and photo opportunities are plentiful at this market.

4. Myeongdong


Seoul Nightlife
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While Myeongdong is a shopper’s paradise, it’s also a unique place to take photos. The crowds, the blinking lights, the bright adverts, all make for a pretty neat Instagram shot. Moreover, Myeongdong is also a great place for dinner or meet up with friends to grab a drink.

5. Heunginjimun Gate

One of the oldest gates in the city, Heunginjimun is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Seoul. The gate is best photographed at night when it’s beautifully lit up and the cars driving by create a unique long exposure effect.

288 Jong-ro, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

6. Gyeongbokgung Palace

It’s no wonder that Seoul’s main palace is one of the most instagrammable places in the city. The vibrant colors and beautiful gardens make it hard to mess up a shot. Wandering through the many buildings, you will find yourself snapping away not sure which of the many great shots you should post.

161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

7. Namsan Mountain

Check out Namsan Mountain at sunset. It offers incredible photo opportunities with amazing cityscape views. The mountain also features Seoul Tower, a popular tourist destination.
Namsan, Hoehyeon-dong, Seoul

8. Gwanghwamun Gate

Another one of Seoul’s main gates, Gwanghwamun is, in fact, the entrance to the main palace and a perfect Instagram opportunity. The gate is situated at Gwanghwamun Gate Plaza, also known as Korean Main Plaza, in the center of Seoul. In the background, you can easily make out a beautiful mountain range behind which the sun goes down calmly every day.

161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea

9. Bongeunsa Temple

One of the oldest Buddhist temples in the city, Bogeunsa truly is a special place to visit. The large stone statue depicting Gautama Buddha is the temple’s main attraction. You can even do a templestay here and spend a day and a night living like a Buddhist monk.

531 Bongeunsa-ro, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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