The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul

Seoul isn’t the most popular travel destination like Tokyo, London or Paris are, but it’s no doubt an amazing city to visit with many amazing instagrammable restaurants, cafes, insta-worthy buildings and beautiful scenery that decorate the feeds of Seoul-based influencers and travel bloggers visiting the Korean capital. Winter, autumn, spring or summer, Seoul is a city that can inspire any photographer. Here are some of the most instagrammable places in Seoul!

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About Instagrammable Places In Seoul

The capital, Seoul, is a city where visitors can easily spend a couple of days or even weeks. Listed below are things you need to know before visiting.

  • Itineraries: plan your trips to Seoul with these in depth itineraries for 4 days, 5 days or 7 days in Seoul.
  • Outfits: check what to wear in Korea here. Seoul can get quite hot in summer and cold during the winter season, make sure to dress appropriately.
  • Tipping: there is no tipping culture in Korea. The only occasions where tipping is acceptable is in taxis and to tour guides.
  • Plugs: Korea has the same power outlets as mainland Europe, if you are visiting from Japan, UK, US and certain countries in South East Asia make sure to bring the right Korea power plug.
  • Public transport: Getting around Seoul is rather straightforward, especially is you have a transportation card to get around.

Tips For Taking The Best Pictures In Seoul

Coming to Seoul and looking to take the best pictures for the gram? Then most of you will be shooting with your phone. To get the most out of it, and take your pictures to the next level, make sure to check out these accessories.

  • Clip-on lens – clip on lenses are a must have, especially when visiting Seoul during the autumn or spring season when the trees are in full bloom. Find more info here.
  • Instant phone printer – instantly print your phone pictures. Get those memories on paper, ready to put in your travel journal. Find more info here.
  • Gorilla pod – these cool pods can be used anywhere at anytime. Attach your phone to take the best selfie or group picture. Find more info here.
  • Travel adapters – make sure your devices are fully charged when going out for the day. Travel adapters are the way to go when coming to Korea.
  • Seoul Photo Tour – Join a photo tour of Seoul. This tour takes you to all the most Instagrammable places in Seoul. Find more info here. 

The Most Instagrammable Hotels in Seoul

Make your vacation in Korea a little bit more exciting by staying in one of these guesthouses or hotels in Seoul. Historic Hanok Stays, quirky themed hotels and modern boutiques. Check out some of the the top places in Korea to stay at!

1. NagNe Hanok House

This cozy traditional style Hanok dating back to 1912 is located in Jogno, the oldest district of Seoul. Surrounded by the main palaces, many Korean restaurants and history. The small Hanok has a Korean style garden where guests can relax after a busy day around Seoul. Check prices here.


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Address: 6 Jahamun-ro 1na-gil, Sajik-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Price Category: $$

2. Hotel Cappuccino

If you truly want to experience an unique and quirky hotel in a cool city like Seoul, then Hotel Cappuccino is the place to be. Located in the middle of the trendy Gangnam district, the hotel has a playful interior design which will look great on your Instagram feed! Check latest prices here.


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Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Bongeunsa-ro, 155
Price Category: $$

3. Hanok 24 Guesthouse

The Hanok 24 Guesthouse is modern and cozy Hanok hotel in central Seoul, hidden in the small alleys along Gyeongbukgung Palace. It is the perfect place if you want to experience a Hanok but still want comfort. Read my full review here.

Have A Traditional Experience At Hanok 24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung

Address: #27-3, Jahamun-ro 5ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu, 03040 Seoul, South Korea
Book: Check latest prices here
Price Category: $$

4. A Colourful AirBnB

This modern and beautifully decorated apartment is located just behind Seoul Station. The apartment can host up over 16 guests, perfect for a big group of friends or families travelling together! Click here for a 30 000 won AirBnB discount.

Instagrammable AirBnB in Seoul

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Price Category: $$

5. Heaven Itaewon AirBnB

Heaven AirBnB in Itaewon is a vintage decorated house with all kinds of curiosities from all over the world. The home with a balcony looking out over Itaewon can host up to 4 people. Click here for a 30 000 won AirBnB discount.

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Instagrammable Places In Seoul

From stunning hanok villages to amazing view points and breathtaking scenery, Seoul has it all. Listed below are the most instagrammable places in Seoul.

1. Bukcheon Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is the home of over hundred of traditional hanok houses that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. Being surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, the village is extra special. You will notice when walking around that this is one of the more popular places in Seoul, especially beautiful during autumn in Seoul. The 8 viewpoints of Bukcheon village are by far the best Seoul photography spots.

When visiting Bukchon make sure to check out these place: Bukchon Culture Center; a cultural experience zone for foreigners; where you can take cultural classes like calligraphy, tea ceremony, etc. –  Gahoe-dong 11beonji; main street, filled with beautiful houses – Hansangsu Embroidery Workshop; a small museum that introduces Korean embroidery – Gahoe Folk Drawing Shop; an exhibition space FREE to enter, introducing traditional furniture and art; reflecting the lifestyle of the Korean people living in the Hanok village – Bukchon Museum ‘Old Fragrance’; this museum displays ‘treasured’ household items collected from the village. These items were passed on generation to generation – Anguk-dong house of Yun Boseonga.

Other great things to do in Bukchon are renting a modern hanbok or traditional Korean  hanbok or retro clothesdesign t-shirts, take a cooking class, have a traditional tea ceremony, a Korean knot experience, take a pedicab tour or do a couple photoshoot.

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Bukcheon Village; top things to do in seoul

Address: 서울특별시 Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong, 계동길 37
Price Category: Free

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2. Han River Cruise

Best places in Seoul

The Han River is Seoul’s main river, running horizontally through the city! It is a popular destination for cycling, walking and river cruises. Many parks are located along the river, where festivals are held all year around.

eLand River Cruise Address: 290 Yeouidong-ro, Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Price Category: $
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3. Hapjeong Station

The next hidden photo spot in Seoul is Hapjeong. Located just north of the Han river in Mapo-Gu. These colourful umbrellas can be found between exit 9 and exit 10. Hapjeong is a new up and coming area, perfect for the ‘hipster’ crowd. The Seoul streets are filled with quirky coffee shops, restaurants and small boutiques. Hapjeong even has it’s own cafe street, running between Hapjeong station and Sangsu station. Even though Hapjeong lies just next to Hongdae, it is a much quieter area perfect for a relaxing night in Seoul. If you’re looking for unique things to do in Seoul; this is the place to be! Check more info here.

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Hapjeon Station; best things to do in seoul

Price Category: Free

4. Noryangjin Fish Market

Noryangjin Fish Market

Noryangjin Fish Market is Seoul biggest market, existing of an old and somewhat dodgy looking building and a newly renovated market. The market moved from Seoul Station to this location in 1972. Especially to old building is great for taking that perfect Instagram picture. The best way to experience the market is by taking a Seoul food tour as this allows you to buy fish together with a guide and have it cooked for you in the restaurant section on the second floor. This is a unique experience when in Seoul.

Address: 674 Nodeul-ro, Noryangjin 1(il)-dong, Dongjak-gu
Price Category: Free
More Info: here

5. Insadong

Insadong is located in the touristic center of Seoul and used to be an important place where precious old traditional goods were on display. Now it’s a touristic destination with many souvenir shops, galleries and cafes. This should definitely be on your ‘South Korea places to visit’ list!

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Insadong; things to do in seoul south korea

Here are some recommendations of things to do in Insadong: Eat street food; you’ll see lots of yummy street food in Insadong, but what is now really worth trying? The ‘king’ of desserts, namely Dragon Beard candy, made of multiple strings of honey wrapped around an almond – Alive Trick-Eye Museum; a museum where you can take comic pictures set in absurd environments created by optical illusions. Find more info here.Ssamzie-gil Market; a half open and half covered 3 story mall with all kinds of cute life style and souvenir shops – Tea House; visit one of the many Hanok tea houses where you can try traditional Korean teas.
Address: 44 Insadong-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Price Category: Free
More Info: here

6. Starfield Library

This amazing library located in COEX mall has over 50 000 books and magazines to its name! The two story spacious library offers more that just books; monthly cultural events and performances are held, including book readings, piano concerts and children’s entertainment. There’s many other things that can be done in the COEX mall, like shopping, going to a fair or event, go to see a movie, visiting the aquarium and lots more! Visiting COEX is a must during your visit to the Gangnam Area, especially when in Seoul with kids. Check more info here.

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Starfield Library

Address: 513 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Price Category: Free
More Info: here

The Most Instagrammable Galleries in Seoul

Apart from the beautiful outdoor locations, Seoul has many stunning galleries and interactive museums. Don’t miss out on these most instagrammable places in Seoul.

1. Leeum, Samsung Museum Of Art

Samsung Museum of Art, in Itaewon, is an exhibition hall that displays traditional and modern works of art by both international and Korean artists. The building and architecture is as impressive as the works of art displayed. The gallery is divided into three buildings; a building focusing on contemporary art, one for traditional art, and one is devoted to special exhibitions. Check more info here.

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Leeum Gallery

Address: 60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Price Category: $$
More info: here

2. Dongdaemun Design Plaza

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul DDP; places to visit in seoul korea

The DDP is a building designed by Zaha Hadid and is used as an exhibition, event and shopping center. The building is designed to be a cultural hub; right in the middle of the historical center of Seoul. Dongdaemun market used to be and still is one of the biggest wholesale clothing markets in Korea. Now there are more than 20 department stores in the area, and the number is still rising. Dongdaemun Design Plaza is also the location for the biyearly Seoul Fashion Week. Check more info here.

Address: 281 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Price Category: Free
More Info: here

3. Arario Museum

The Arario is a modern art museum located in between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. The architecture exists out of a modern part and a traditional Korean part which come together harmoniously. The different rooms of the museum have a certain dark and mysterious atmosphere.  The permanent exhibition ‘in Space’ features works of 37 different artists.

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Arario Modern Art Gallery; places to go in south korea

Address: Seoul, 종로구 Gahoe-dong, 율곡로 83
Price Category: $$
More Info: here

4. Sool Gallery

This gallery located in Gangnam is dedicated to all sorts of Korean alcohol. Anyone who has spend some time in Korea will know that drinking is a big part of the culture. The green bottled soju is frequently consumed at dinner parties or social gatherings; little did I know Korea also produces very high quality liquors which can be sampled in the Sool Gallery. What’s better than learning about Korean traditional alcohol at one of the top places to visit in Korea while getting tipsy? Check more info here.

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Sool Gallery; what to do in seoul korea

Address: 621-16 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Price Category: Free, tasting $$
More Info: here

The Most Instagrammable Cafes In Seoul

Korea is the country of coffee shops, you can’t walk 20 meters without seeing another cute or themed coffee shop. These are the perfect places to visit when dating in Korea.

1. Flower Cafe

This beautiful cafe based in Hongdae is known for it’s fairy tail interior. The owner is both a florist and a barista; who puts a lot of love in her work, which is clearly visible in the decoration.

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Flower Cafe; best places to visit in seoul

Address: 22 Sinchon-ro 6-gil, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Price Category: $$

2. Zapangi

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Zapangi; top 10 things to do in seoul

The cafe with the pink vending machine door is a must when hunting for the perfect Instagram picture! The cafe located in Mapo-Gu is not only about the cute door, they also sell cute cakes in tin cans and drinks served in glass bottles. The quirky cafe is a must if you’re looking for fun things to do in Seoul. Check more info here.

Address: 400-2 Mangwon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Price Category: $$
More Info: here

3. 8B Dolce

The desserts at 8B Dolce are too pretty to be eaten! These pretty premium dessert will never fail to put a smile on your face! Check more info here.

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Dolce Cafe; top places to visit in seoul

Address:  551-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Price Category: $
More Info: here

4. Style Nanda Pink Pool Cafe

The Pink Pool cafe is a hotel where the theme is pink. Each floor has it’s own concept like spa, pool or laundry. Apart from being a cafe , they are also selling cosmetics, swimwear and other good.

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Style Nanda Pink Pool Cafe; what to do in seoul south korea

Address: 37-8 Myeongdong 8-gil, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu
Price Category: $$

5. Dear Me

This cafe located in Mapo-Gu has the cutest cakes. This small coffee shop with a cozy atmosphere is perfect when trying to have a little peaceful break!

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Address: Seoul, Mapo-gu, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, 456-1 -dong
Price Category: $$

The Most Instagrammable Scenery In Seoul

1. Lotte Tower

Lotte Tower; the pride of Seoul is soaring 555m into the air. The tallest observation deck of Korea located in the Jamsil area, is open for tourists to visit. You can visit the Lotte Tower observation deck between 9.30 and 23.00. You can buy the tickets on arrival or as part of a package. If you’re looking for a stunning night view of Seoul. Climbing Lotte Tower is definitely on the list of things to do in Seoul at night. Check prices here.

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul lotte tower

Address: 300 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Price Category: $$$
More Info: here

2. Olympic Park

The Most Instagrammable Places In Seoul Olympic Park; places to go in korea seoul

The Olympic park is Seoul’s biggest leisure park, constructed for the summer Olympics of 1988, which has remains from Mongchontoseong Fortress dating back to the Baekje Era. The park is so big, it takes around 3 hours to explore the different parts. When visiting make sure to check out: the Cultural Art Park; which includes the Olympic museum and the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art – Leisure Sports Park; comprises of the sports square and the peace square – Environmental Eco-Park; the giant lake is home to pheasants, frogs, white herons and spot-billed ducks – History Experience Park; experience history at the Mongchontoseong Fortress and Baekje Museum. Check more info here.

Address: 424 Olympic-ro, Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Price Category: Free
More Info: here

3. Namsan Tower

Namsan tower is Seoul’s first tower-like attraction spot. The tower being 480m was the tallest tower of Seoul until Lotte tower was built. There’s a hiking trail that starts at the bottom of Namsan tower just next to the cable car. The hike only takes around 30 minutes! Visiting Namsan tower is definitely one of the top 10 things to do in Seoul. Check prices to the Namsan Observatory here.

The Most Instagrammable places in korea Namsan Park; tourist spot in seoul south korea

Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Price Category: $
More Info: here

Now you know the best Seoul photo spots that will set your Instagram feed on fire! Hopefully this list will inspire you to go out and click away at the many tourist places in Korea!

Q: What are the most instagrammable places in Seoul?

A: There are too many to sum up, but some of the most instagrammable places are the DDP, Bukchon, Lotte Tower and the palaces.

Q: How to find instagrammable cafes in Seoul?

A: Instagram is a great place to start looking for cafes. Search for the hashtag #서울카페.

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  6. Jeana says:

    I actually got in trouble for taking pictures at the Leeum Museum! The security almost kicked me out for taking a picture of a plaque for one of the art pieces. Otherwise, I loved the flower cafe and highly recommend it to friends whenever they go!

    • Marie says:

      really? that’s strange, we went and took loads of pictures of the artworks and the building. Maybe they changed their policy recently. I went around 6 months ago. Happy you still enjoyed it though.

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