Barb Wire Views of Seoul | Weekly Travel Photo

by Samuel on July 1, 2012

Hannam hill district (nearby Itaewon) offers one of the most scenic natural views of Seoul from the traditional homes in this area.


 One of our favourite areas in all of Seoul is a placed called Hannam-Dong. Nearby Itaewon is the popular foreign friendly district filled with international ethnic restaurants and markets; however, a short wander leads to a hill overlooking Seoul. Wandering down this hill one can witness many traditional Korean houses for lower income families. Seoul is rapidly transforming into a sea of high rise apartment buildings, so this area offers a glimpse into the past. We spent time meandering through the tiny pathways and alleys connecting the homes. At certain points it felt as though we were intruding on private property as the sections were so tightly enclosed. It was a fascinating experience that we captured with plenty of images and videos.

Background Behind The Shot

The photo itself is of the ledge covered with sharp barbed wire. It was obviously a way of protecting against intruders who may have ideas of scaling the wall to break and enter. Through the barbed wire one can see modern high rise apartments and the Han River which divides Seoul from North to South.

Travel Photography Tip

As a travel photography tip there is a technique called framing worth considering when you’re taking photos. Sometimes you’ll notice trees, shrubs or some other element in the foreground that adds a sense of depth or interest to the main subject or theme you are trying to capture. In this particular photo I’m clearly trying to capture the traditional rooftops in fierce contrast with the imposing modern high rise apartments and Han River. The barb wire here is acting as a frame for which one can view the magnificent views from this hilltop. Instead of just having an ordinary shot from this vantage point it now has an element that makes it kind of unique. To advance your photography it’s always a great idea to consider different creative ways to capture moments in time.

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Ron | Active Planet Travels July 1, 2012 at 1:36 am

Nice shot and even nicer tip! I’m always looking for new ways to improve my “newb” photography! lol 😀


Nomadic Samuel July 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

Thanks Ron! I’m glad you found it useful 🙂


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