It’s no secret I’m completely in love with the Land of the Morning Calm. It has been a privilege to call South Korea home for the past year. I’ve racked up loads of photos to share with you and inspire you to visit South Korea. After looking at these, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this country the same way I have.
Cheonjeyeon Waterfall in Jeju
I can’t believe how many compliments I’ve gotten on this photo after posting it to Instagram. It’s one of my favorite photos because it shows off the beauty and wonder of the blue water.
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Have you ever imagined a mountain completely covered in purple flowers? Well, it totally exists and you should totally check this out in spring.
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Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff Jeju
The water here is incredible because of the green, clear and crisp waters. The emerald of the water really contrasts with the sky and makes it easy to stare at.
The Rose Garden at Seoul Olympic Park
Olympic Park is the most fun when you can go outdoors. They have loads of flower gardens, basketball courts, and endless lush green lawns to picnic on.
Korean wedding at Yongin Cultural Village
I’ve always wanted to see a traditional Korean wedding and understand the traditions behind it. It was great to see why the bride and the groom wear the colors they do and how every item used is a symbol for unity.
Traditional Tea Room at the Yongin Cultural Village
I’m a huge fan of when you get the opportunity to dress like a princess, then do it. This tea room is really quaint with all its decor and splendor. #photoopp
Fortress at Suwon
This UNESCO World heritage site is renowned for it’s beauty, culture and preservation of history. I captured this photo just as the winter sun was setting and it gave this photo a regal and nostalgic glow.
Pavilion at Gyeongbukgung
There’s a reason why this incredible pavilion is always featured on travel to Korea magazines or on blogs. It’s simply stunning and a replica has been made to shoot period dramas during the Joseon Dynasty. Surrounded by lily ponds, it’s hard not to get lost in its beauty.
The Secret Garden at Changdeokgung
You have to pay a fee to enter, but believe me, it’s so worth it. All the great photos you’ll be able to take are endless. I also highly suggest doing a tour.
Lanterns at Jogye-sa for Buddha’s Birthday
Buddha’s birthday is a time in spring where everyone comes out of hibernation and blossoms like the nature in Korea. Every lantern doused the temple in a rainbow and it was truly breathtaking.
Sanamsa Temple in Suncheon
The best part of Korea is how bright traditional hanbok and temples are. You can always expect vibrant colors to meet your eyes.
Cherry Blossoms in Gwangyang
After living in Japan for three years I have a soft spot for these delicate flowers that are gone sooner than we’d like. I even went chasing them around Korea to bring you the best off the beaten path spots to see them.
Autumn Foliage in Seoul
In case you couldn’t tell, Autumn is my favorite time in Korea. The trees change into vibrant yellows, reds, and purples. It’s hard not to keep my camera on me during this time because I just want to photograph everything.
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Street performances in Insadong
This is one of my favorite photos because there’s nothing cooler than a guy playing a general wielding a sword. I challenge you to be cooler than him.
Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul
History meets the modern in this awesome shot.
Delicious Autumn Korean Food
One of the most delicious meats you can eat in Korea is duck. It’s a bit more healthy compared to beef or pork. I loved eating this with pumpkin which tastes best in Autumn. I love all the vegetables and Korean side dishes.
More Delicious Korean Food
This little gem comes from Jeonju known for its picturesque hanok village and delicious food. Bibimbap anyone?
Jeonju is one of the coolest places I’ve visited in Autumn. You can rent hanbok, eat Jeonju bibimbap, and drink makgeolli.
Garden of the Morning Calm
Alice in Wonderland gets lost in Seoul with these incredible illuminations done during the Christmas season. If you’re feeling bummed about the weather, let these lights take you away to a magical place.
Hansan is an island of the Tongyang prefecture. You need to take a ferry in order to visit. This rocky beach is said to be good for your health.
For all you music lovers out there, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to see these amazing groups perform live. It’s mesmerizing to watch them dance. Seriously.