Deoksugung is located right next to City Hall, and that means big modern skyscrapers surrounding it. If you want a beautiful contrast between the old and new, just point your camera upwards to catch one of the buildings in Deoksugung as well as the towering buildings behind it. Also, the stone wall that surrounds this complex looks like it came from a Korean drama. It’s a scenic walk as well as a beautiful photo opportunity (especially in spring & autumn).
How to get there: City Hall Station (Line 1, 2), exit 2
N Seoul tower is one of Seoul’s most iconic landmarks. Jutting out from Namsan Mountain, it sticks out of the Seoul skyline most prominently and can be easily photographed from many places in Seoul. But many photographers take their photos from the base of the tower. It’s here where you’ll find a pavilion with traditional Korean architecture nicely contrasting with modern man’s achievement up above. While you’re there, don’t forget to take pictures of the love locks as well as the entire city from atop the tower.
How to get there: Myeongdong Station (line 4), exit 3 → Namsan Shuttle Bus 02
There are plenty of thriving markets in Seoul for countless photo opportunities, so it’s hard to make any one single recommendation. That’s why we have several ;). For market street food porn, head over to Gwangjang Market, which is famous for its eats. Another photo op for markets is on top of the stairwells at Noryangjin Market, which will give you a birds eye view of the entire market. Also, go to Namdaemun Market, get lost in its small alleys and take pictures of everything; there’s always something interesting going on there. Click here for a large list of markets to visit (and subway directions).
This Buddhist temple in Seoul is located in the most modern district of Seoul, which even has a song named after it (“Gangnam” for those living in a cave). The hyper modern skyscrapers are a beautiful backdrop to the peaceful oasis that is Bongeungsa Temple. Position yourself perfectly, and you’ll have a photo that says the same. Make your way to the back of the temple and head up behind the large statue of Buddha to take a picture of Buddha presiding over the city of Seoul.
How to get there: Samsung Station (line 2), exit 6 (walk straight until next large intersection and turn left).