Soul in Seoul! October 1st, 2010

Hello fellow bloggers. Today, I’d like to share some photos from the recent ‘SOUL in SEOUL’ photo contest which gave Korean university students a chance to visit landmarks in Seoul with the Kia Soul for a month and take pictures for the contest.

The winning photos were selected based on a review by a panel of expert judges. The top two entries were given the Seoul Mayor’s Award and the Kia Motors CEO Award. The award recipients also received KRW5 million in scholarships while another three entrants received KRW1 million in scholarships.

All of the following entries are on display at the Seoul Design Fair 2010, sponsored and organized by the Seoul City Metropolitan Government.

Let’s take a closer look at the submitted photos.

The photo above is titled ‘Hangang Renaissance’. It was taken in Seoul’s Yeouido district with the Hangang river, the symbol of Seoul, in the backdrop.

The above entry is titled ‘Coexistence of the Present and Past’. Shot from Naksan Park fortress walls, the photo depicts the past and present of Seoul which has served as Korea’s capital for hundreds of years.

Next is ‘Hangang Renaissance – Moonlight Rainbow Fountain’. One of the bridges crossing the Hangang river, Banpo Bridge, features a spectacular fountain. The bridge is the site of a dazzling fountain show complete with music. It is a must-see for all visitors to Korea.

The next is ‘City Light with Soul 3’. It is a picturesque display of Seoul’s sunset and the Kia Soul.

This photo is titled ‘Design Becomes History’. It was taken in front of Gwanghwamun Palace in the heart of the city.

Now, let’s look at ‘Soul Drive’. It shows a dynamic image of Soul on the Olympic Expressway.

Next is ‘Soul with Graffiti’. It was shot in the area surrounding Hongik University, widely known as Hongdae, the center of Korea’s youthful nightlife. Hongdae is a great place to visit to catch live bands and exciting cultural performances.

This photo is titled ‘Black Horse’. The backdrop is Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong, which is often likened to Soho, New York. Lined with charming cafes and restaurants, Garosu-gil is a popular spot among trendy Seoulites.

Next is one of the award-winning entries, ‘Rose Stair’. It attempts to capture the charming and inviting side of Seoul.

‘Roof & Roof’ is another award winner. It portrays harmony between the beautiful curves of roof tiles gracing traditional Korean architecture and modern design elements.

Lastly is ‘Blending Traditional and Modern Designs’ which received the Kia Motors CEO Award. It shows Bukchon Hanok Village, a cluster of traditional Korean houses located between two palaces. Numerous branch-like alleys from days past are well preserved in this area, making it an ideal place to appreciate the 600-year history of Seoul.

I hope you enjoyed the photos. If you have special pictures featuring Soul that you would like to share, please leave your comment below. We will introduce your pictures and your stories on this blog.

  • JG

    Great pics!

  • Donch

    LOVED the pictures, especially the second one. Were these photos taken by photograph majors or majors of different backgounds?

  • Pamela @ Kia HQ

    Hi Donch –> They were students with different backgrounds, in addition to photography majors.