Engagement Photos in Seoul

May 20, 2023

J was bringing C to see Seoul, South Korea for the first time in their relationship. J had more planned than C knew and I was asked to photograph their surprise proposal (Photo story HERE). As planned, the couple rented hanboks (traditional South Korean clothing) just outside the palace and started exploring the beautiful and historical Gyeongbokgung Palace. Following the magical moment, the newly engaged couple was glowing with happiness. I documented the very excited couple as they strolled through Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok village, sharing in their excitement and love.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the Five Grand Palaces of Seoul built in the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung is the largest and served as the home of the Kings and government. It has many picturesque places and serves as a beautiful backdrop for photos. (Travel tip: If you wear a hanbok, entrance to all five palaces are free. Otherwise you have to wait in line to purchase a ticket). We went early to get ahead of the crowds and just enjoyed all that the palace had to offer. J & C were able to be their selves, playful and romantic as I captured moments while they immersed themselves in their surroundings.

Couple posing in hanboks in Seoul Korea
Engagement photos in Seoul
Couple posing in hanboks in Seoul.

Bukchok Hanok Village

Only a short walk away, we began walking through the Buchok Hanok Village which is known for its dynasty architecture. Otherwise known as the “north village,” it is situated at the top of the hill and surrounded by Jongmyo Shrine, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace. It is a traditional village that is filled with hanok (traditional South Korean houses) and alleys. Walking the streets gave a sense of ease and openness during the photoshoot, allowing for J & C to be themselves and explore the area, while being surrounded by history and their beautiful surroundings. The key to exploring Bukchon Hanok Village is to just get lost. Just following the small alleyways and closed off enclaves, you will discover charm and be transported back to another dynasty.