Guest Post by Kevin Cha, a Junior at Foster studying Information Systems. Kevin studied at Yonsei University in Korea through the Foster Exchange program.
There are many things you can talk about when you describe Seoul: the food, places, people, nightlife, history, and more. I want to focus on something else, though. I want to focus on how Seoul is one of the most unnecessarily amazing aesthetic cities I have ever visited. The architecture and decorations in all of the different places you visit are what I like to call the ‘Korean Aesthetic.’
If you go to a lot of the touristy areas like Hongdae, Gangnam, and Itaewon, you can see how Koreans decorate the interior and exterior of their restaurants, cafes, malls. etc. to best fit the ‘Korean Aesthetic.’ In fact, the ‘Korean Aesthetic’ can be found in other lesser known areas as well if you look hard enough. I found that many cafes will be the source of pictures for Instagram. However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t any other places you can visit.
The pictures I am displaying below are some of the pictures I posted on my Instagram as part of my ‘Korean Aesthetic’ mini-series. If you want to go to these places yourself, here are the names of the places in order: Common Ground, Konguk University; Book Park Seoul, Itaewon; Ggamsong, Sinchon; and Mecentapolis Mall, Hapjeong. If you ever visit Seoul, just know you can make your Instagram feed more aesthetic by visiting anywhere and taking a picture!