Location Naksan Road & Ihwa Village


Naksan Mountain and Ihwa Village

October 2017

Gear: Sony A7
Lens: Tokina Plastic Fantstic, Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8

 

Photographing Seoul From Naksan


So here I am thinking that I've just about seen every part of Seoul and something new comes up. I was pleasantly surprised this this old rusty yet colorful little path up Naksan Mt. (which is more like a hill). I believe the technical location is called 'Ihwa Mural Village' The streets were lined with small shops and the sounds of tourists walking about, but I want to mention at least for the time I was there, this seemed less of a tourist destination than many other places (unless you're a K-drama fan). I recommend taking a stroll here especially for you portrait photographers. 

Alley In the Sky (Coordinates: 37°34'36.6"N 127°00'26.8"E) Click through for google maps location. 

Alley In the Sky (Coordinates: 37°34'36.6"N 127°00'26.8"E) Click through for google maps location. 

Cafe by the Wings (Coordinates: 37°34'37.8"N 127°00'26.4"E) Click through for google maps location.

Cafe by the Wings (Coordinates: 37°34'37.8"N 127°00'26.4"E) Click through for google maps location.

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HOW TO GET THERE

The road up Naksan follows the old city walls. It is very easy to get there, here's a map: 

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The best way to get there without getting lost in the myriad of alleyways, is to get out of Dongdaemun Exit 10 turn around and cross the road where you see the wall is and follow that path all the way up. You will eventually come to a turn at the top of the hill which will lead you down to Ihwa Village. Just letting you know, Google maps does not mark Exit 10 on the map, so here it is for you: 

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The rest is pretty self explanatory. Take your time and make sure you explore all the alley ways in Ihwa village, I almost missed some sights like the ones below. I recommend spending at least 4 hours in this location. 

Night Alley above the City Lights (Coordinates: 37°34'40.9"N 127°00'28.8"E) Click through for google maps. 

Night Alley above the City Lights (Coordinates: 37°34'40.9"N 127°00'28.8"E) Click through for google maps. 

I SEOUL U (Coordinates: 37°34'43.7"N 127°00'28.4"E) Click through for google maps. 

I SEOUL U (Coordinates: 37°34'43.7"N 127°00'28.4"E) Click through for google maps. 

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Of course, there are so many other spots to see, these are just a couple I put together for you. Naksan road is a wonderful area to walk around and I hope you get the chance to walk up there. If you're just taking a walk, it should take more than 1-2 hours to see the whole area. 

Well, I hope this has been useful for you, and as always, safe travels! If you like this material, fee free to subscribe or leave me a comment below. 

yours truly,