South Korea

South Korea Photo Guidebook

Welcome to our South Korea Photo Guidebook. Enjoy exploring the beauty of Korea

Explore by City: Busan • Daegu • Daejeon • Gwangju • Incheon • Seoul • Sejong • Ulsan

Explore by Province: Gyeonggi • Gangwon • North Chungcheong • South Chungcheong • North Jeolla • South Jeolla • North Gyeongsang • South Gyeongsang

Special Province: Jeju Island

Latest from South Korea:

Sea Women of Jeju Island, South Korea

Sea Women of Jeju Island, South Korea

Sea Women of Jeju Island as told by Shanae Ennis-Melhado
© Shanae Ennis-Melhado 2019

Shanae explains about her brief encounter with the Sea women of Jeju: “I couldn’t help but gaze in awe as I snapped shots of the Haenyeo (Jeju women divers) entering the ocean to harvest their food. This wasn’t the first time that day I had marveled at these women. Prior to their descent, I had watched the women divers sway back and forth with their nets and floats, mimicking the motion of a rocking boat as they sang their jovial labor song, “Ieodo-sana”. It was almost impossible for me to capture this moment on camera, as their contagious movements and merry voices bewitched me. After the group had finished their song, I locked eyes with one of the women and we smiled at each other. The music had briefly connected us, even though we didn’t speak the same language.

Gyeongbokgung Front Gate

Gyeongbokgung’s Front Gate

Night at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea
© Don MacDonell 2019

Coming to South Korea is an amazing adventure. One of the biggest sites in Seoul is the first palace, built at the start of the Joseon dynasty. It’s one of my favorite places to go and photograph. Relax and explore, look for something interesting to shoot. When the sun sets the palace gates are lit up beautifully. Using slow shutter speed and waiting for the right moment, I photographed the gate with a middle-aged woman quickly passing by to escape the cold winter air. (more…)