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There are plenty of Insta-worthy views in Seoul beyond the colorful mural villages and charming cafes in the city. You don’t need to make that 1 to 2-hour trip to scenic places like Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do for a breathtaking IG shot.

A lot of these destinations (the palaces and royal sites, for example) look best during fall or springtime, but they still look marvelous during winter. In some cases, the views almost devoid of lush foliage even look better—eerily quiet yet calming, especially after a snowfall.

Of course, the walk to and around some locations may feel like leg day, but the views you get as a reward (and possibly several double taps) will be worth it. Take a look at our list:

Deoksugung Palace


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Appreciate this view of the Deoksugung Palace by going up the sky lounge cafe in Seoul City Hall Seosomun Building 1 (Sky Plaza’s Happiness Plus Café).

Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine // – #korea #seoul #jongmyoshrine #mobilephotography #photography #photo #thelensbible

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

#青瓦台 #景福宮 #cheongwadae #청와대 #경복궁

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Changdeokgung Palace

The Secret Garden in Changdeokgung Palace looks best during autumn but still looks marvelous any time of the year.

Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)

Bukchon Hanok Village

Origins #korea #southkorea #seoul #hanokvillage #ktower

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Mystic East or Modern West?

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To avoid the tourist hoards in Bukchon Hanok Village, visit very early in the morning—maybe around 6 to 7 a.m.—on a weekday or hunt for a nice rooftop cafe. (Harder than it sounds, we know.)

Ehwa Women’s University

Will get a sex change so that I can enroll here ♻️

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Banpo Bridge

#banpogirderbridge #banpo #banpobridge #seoul #southkorea

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The rainbow fountain lights show, which the Banpo Bridge is best known for, only runs from April to October, but this view of Seoul’s skyline and the bridge is still a treat.

Haneul Park (World Cup Stadium Park)

This morning’s hike 🌾🌾

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Yeouido Hangang Park

Yeouido Hangang Park #korea#seoul#yeouidohangangpark#파리바게트#서울#여의도한강공원

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Songdo Central Park

할로윈에 뭐 입을거에요? // What’s your Halloween costume gonna be this year?

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Out here reflecting. FYI: heading back out to this spot on Monday with some friends if any shooters in Korea wanna join in!

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Seoul Forest

Mt. Bukhansan

Mt. Namsan


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Naksan Park

War Memorial of Korea

Memorial #sky #museum #clouds #seoul #travel #tourism #city #urban #street #colours #iphone

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The bus stop across The War Memorial of Korea gives you a better view of the landmark with the N Seoul Tower photobombing in the background.

Noksapyeong Foot Bridge


가을엔 프렙 테라스#prep #프렌치 #부암동 #프렙#french

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If you’re tired of tourist traps, try visiting this beautiful area called Buamdong (before it does become a well-known tourist spot).

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