The Softer Side Of Seoul

Seoul is often portrayed as a bustling city painted in neon with crowded streets and a hurried pace. While this can be a very accurate representation of the city, there is a softer side to the Asian metropolis. Spring is the best time of the year to explore the more delicate scenes of the city.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had fun shooting spring scenes in some of my favorite neighborhoods of Seoul. I used to add a vintage edge to my photos to emphasize the softer side of the city. Enjoy!

The first blossoms of spring pop up amongst the hanoks of Samcheongdong.

Pastels are an obvious trend this season, evidenced by the many wares on sale near Ewah Women’s University.

Every Seoulite needs a good pair of rainboots for the monsoon season. (Ewah Women’s University)

Magnolias can be found throughout the Ewah Women’s University campus. They smell as nice as they look!

So pretty!

The blossoms may be fake, but the flower displays at Eight Seconds on Garuso-gil in Sinsa-dong add to the beauty of the shopping district.

You can’t get more springy than this. (Garuso-gil, Sinsa-dong)

Flowers for sale just off Garuso-gil.

Taffy at Kosney near Ewah.

Changdeok palace exudes softness during the spring with its beautiful blossoms and sunlight.

Sure, Seoul is loud and fast and bright. But, there are many other characteristics of the city to be found if looked for hard enough.

Words and photos by Mimsie Ladner of Seoul Searching. Content may not be reproduced unless authorized.