Wandering Seoul’s Streets: A Photo Gallery

February 28, 2019


Whether it’s murals, statues, or quirky buildings, I appreciate seeing artistic touches sprinkled throughout a city. I spent several days wandering Seoul's streets and compiled numerous photos of random artwork and architecture that I found interesting. I decided to create this photo gallery to share them and inspire you to explore Seoul's streets too!

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Sejong Center, Sejongno

Walking up towards Gyeongbokgung Palace from my hotel near City Hall, I came across the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. Behind the center on Saemunan-ro 5-gil, I found a lovely park and garden with several interesting statues.  

White running statue in park with people and trees with yellow leaves

Statue running in the park.

metal tree with 'peace' written in different languages as the branches

Peace tree - the word 'peace' written in many languages makes up the branches of this tree. 

Wooden statue in front of brick building

This statue of singed wooden logs was across from the Sejong Center.

Peace tree branches with blue sky and yellow autumn leaves in background.

The peace tree from another angle.

Myeongdong

One evening, meandering through the Myeongdong street food market, I came across this building. It seems as though blocks of concrete are just stacked on top of each other to form the structure. And though I imagine the small, narrow windows don't allow much light to enter the building, they give the building a unique look. 

large concrete building with small narrow windows and fall leaves in front

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Flowing through the center of Seoul, the Cheonggyecheon Stream is lined with pedestrian walkways and decorated with art. The portion closest to City Hall has the majority of the decorations, which light up at night. As you wander further away, the path becomes more about nature, the vines becoming the artwork. Still, as you walk under several bridges, bright and colorful murals liven up the space!

statues of family playing floating in stream

Scenes in the stream

tatues floating on stream at night lit up, bridge covered with lights, lots of people on walkway

Night scenes

bridge covered in white lights, teal words

One of the bridges is covered with lights - perfect spot for an Instagram shot!

waterfall in stream back-lit with purple lights

The stream's waterfall is illuminated at night.

man walking down path with stone wall covered in vines

Vines as artwork

flower mural under bridge on stone pathway

Mural under one of the bridges.

While you're wandering around, stop and try some of the 'Top 5 Delicious Meals to Eat in Seoul'!

Sinsadong

Exploring the Sinsadong neighborhood, I ended up on Garosu-gil (street) which is full of upscale stores, decorative coffee shops, and a few murals. In the fall, the leaves on the Ginko trees lining the street turn a bright yellow making the street glow. On Google maps, the name of the road is Apgujeong-ro 12-gil (not sure why). 

mural of actor Ji Chang Wook

Stand beside Korean actor Ji Chang Wook and get your photo taken with him.

poster beside mural showing you how to stand to be in photo with actor Ji Chang Wook

In case you can't figure out what you're supposed to do - here's an example!

Mural of Hall of Mirrors in Versailles - chandeliers and decorative ceilings

Hall of Mirrors in Versailles

deep blue sky, bright yellow leaves on trees and shops

Beautiful Ginko trees against a stunningly blue sky.

Brick building with red, green, and white Christmas decorations, wine bottles lining the sidewalk in front

Bar all decked out for Christmas!

Hongik University, Hongdae

Getting off the Seoul metro at the Hongik University station, I wandered through this fun and youthful neighborhood. I had no destination in mind, but stumbled upon loads of quirky cafes, art galleries, and bars. Looking at the compilation of photos below, can you believe that all of these buildings are within a few streets of each other? Though I was only there in the afternoon, I can see how this place could come alive at night (and is known for its nightlife).

brick art gallery with oddly shaped door and multi-colored round cushions on front steps

Funky art gallery with outdoor seating

cafe house

This cafe almost made me nostalgic for American suburbia - almost.

mural of wonder woman, the hulk, spiderman, batman

Super heroes encouraging dental hygiene - and why not?

White building with angled roof, large window with painting on window, lawn chairs out front

Bar./cafe/reading spot.. they seem to love lawn chairs in Hongdae.

castle with gargoyles and turrets in hongdae seoul

Castle Praha - a Czech restaurant and bar

Want to wander outside of the city instead? Check out the Jaunbong Peak Hike in Bukhansan National Park!

Bukchon Hanok Village

In addition to traditional Korean houses, the Bukchon Hanok Village has an array of artistic touches throughout it. As you're wandering through the neighborhood between the Gyeongbokgung and the Changdeokgung palaces, be on the lookout for street art! 

Yellow sun mural with red rays

This mural will brighten your day even if it's cloudy!

statue of bronze girl reading

Stumbled into this girl reading a book, then realized I didn't need to apologize!

Mural of girl in blue dress, yellow hat peering into window
mural of blue sky, statue, buildings with spicy sausage stew description

In case you want to know about budae jiigae (spicy sausage stew)... here's a mural for you!

mural of spiderman holding diamond ring

Spiderman proposal?  Or, jewel thief...?

Insadong

One of my favorite buildings is the Samsung Jongro Tower or Jungno Tower in Insadong. It's a 33-story office building, but floors 23-30 are hollow. The top floor has a restaurant that offers nice views of the city. I couldn't decide whether I liked it better by day or by night - which do you prefer?

samsung jungno tower by day with blue sky
samsung jungno tower at night with red lights highlighting the upper section

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