Photo Essay: Street Art in Seoul

Photo Essay: Street Art in Seoul









Ihwa Mural Village.

Ihwa Mural Village.















One of the wonderful aspects of living in Korea is the fact that there are so many surprises around each corner. The street art in Seoul is certainly something that makes this country so special; The capital’s art scene is unique, colorful and defies the norm. Artists express themselves throughout the city’s streets making Seoul an exciting and vibrant place to live and work.

While these quirky statements can be found in loads of neighborhoods throughout Seoul, there are a few in particular which you’re more likely to find some killer street art. My favorite spots are Ihwa Art Village, Hongik University, Mullae Art Village and the alleys near Sangsu station.

These pieces surely add blips of joy to my life as I get excited each time I see them. I truly appreciate artwork as well as individuality, so it’s always super refreshing to know there are artists dedicated to ensuring certain neighborhoods continue to have distinctive, one-of-a-kind components for all to enjoy. All of these and more can be found on my Instagram – be sure to check it out!

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Have you spotted any interesting street art recently?



  1. December 21, 2015 / 8:56 am

    I really love the detail and colours in some of these. The mural at the top is amazing!

  2. December 21, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    Cool post Laura! I like the collection you’ve put together. We went to Mullae twice hoping to see what others saw in the area, both times we were disappointed. We kept feeling like we weren’t in the right area. We ended up getting great food which made the trip worth while. Were any of these photos from there? I didn’t notice it in the captions.

    • December 21, 2015 / 1:20 pm

      Thanks! I unfortunately don’t have any quality photos from Mullae so they didn’t make the cut. The murals are located a short distance from Exit 7 (just walk straight for about 10 or so minutes) and then can randomly be found in the alleyways as well. I personally love Ihwa, which is another art village you just sort of have to get lost in. There are some true gems!

      • December 21, 2015 / 1:28 pm

        We will have to explore Ihwa! Thanks! I think we’ve called a quits on Mullae lol!

  3. December 22, 2015 / 5:47 am

    I really love street art and now I know some great places to find it. I love how the colors blend together and if it’s black and white, the designs are so intricate. Have you ever seen anyone paint street art?

    • December 29, 2015 / 12:00 am

      I haven’t seen anyone painting in Seoul, but a few of my Chicago friends used to do street art and pastings, which was interesting to watch. I’ve also seen people doing it in Peru. Have you seen people doing it here? Maybe they do it only at night time.

  4. December 22, 2015 / 6:54 am

    I love how much art there is on the streets everywhere here. I always end up taking pictures of what I see in Naju and Gwangju too. I feel like I always see the butterfly wings ones everywhere too – even in Seoul. 🙂 They seem to be a popular one.

  5. December 23, 2015 / 2:31 am

    Wow, I didn’t realize there was so much street art in Seoul! I always enjoy stumbling across a beautiful piece of art, especially when it’s completely by accident. I think my favorite out of all of these is the third from the bottom, the one in Hongdae. Not sure why, but that one really stood out as being awesome.

    Thanks for the post! Looking forward to more street art through your Instagram 😉

  6. December 28, 2015 / 12:37 am

    Nice pictures, especially the art in Ingwansan. I feel like it’s these small things found in Seoul that I miss out on by living in a rural city. Sometimes I wish I could live in Seoul 🙁

  7. December 28, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    These are great! I remember having a photowalk with a group of photography enthusiasts at Hongdae and we focused on the wall arts. We allowed ourselves to get lost and it was awesome.

    I agree your collection in this post are fantastic.

  8. December 31, 2015 / 11:44 am

    I enjoy these type of activities so much. I’d really like to do some murals in my house, should I acquire one one day. 🙂 Thanks for sharing~

  9. January 7, 2016 / 4:52 am

    Hi!! I’m currently living in Seoul as well!! I love street art too and I’ve seen a few of them, but not all of them! Great pics!!

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