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Photography in Songdo
They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. And when it comes to capturing the beauty of Incheon, South Korea and Songdo, in particular, a single photograph must be worth at least double that.
As a self-styled 'smart city' of the future, Songdo is attracting both affluent Korean residents and travellers from all over the world. Make sure to come armed with a point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR and capture all the wonders Songdo as to offer.
Part of the international business district, the beautiful skyscrapers that dot the city and tower over its high-tech roadways are a sight to behold. It's hard to believe these winding, twisting and bending structures are made entirely of glass and steel!
Make sure to capture the scale of the buildings by finding a great vantage point in the city, such as one of its many green leisure spaces, and by taking landscape shots. You can also access the buildings from any of the rooftop gardens at the Gateway Centre. Or else, you can find an intersection where two or three of these buildings are standing and take a bottom-up shot. Heads up!
Every time Jack Nicklaus of Nicklaus Design creates an 18-hole championship golf course, it ends up hosting major cup matches. Is the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Songdo next? Regardless of who plays the greens, this impeccable green space is built to be the one of the most prized natural spaces within Songdo's IBD.
The sprawling course attracts plenty of amateur photographers who also love to capture its built-in lake or use drone photography to capture the beauty of this green space from the top-down. Once you're done, retire to the clubhouse, with its choice of restaurants, a bar and lounge, fitness and swimming facilities, and even a spa.
Meant to be a "beautiful place of refuge, inspiration and relaxation in the heart of the city", Songdo's own Central Park is more than just a nod to the original New York urban greenspace. The Park comprises 4.2 million square feet of vegetation, lakes and canals. Park goers can enjoy a picnic and sports on the greens and can also take a water taxi around the network of canals for a different vantage point of the park. Meanwhile, the park's central location means that it is surrounded by striking architecture. As with all outdoor locations, the park's beauty is best captured in the very early morning or the late afternoon to early evening.
It may not seem like an obvious choice but just catch LOTTE Shopping Town at night and you'll see why this is a photo-worthy spot. Along with the 150 shops, the complex, designed by renowned architect, Daniel Liebeskind, also houses a multiplex cinema and an ice rink. This massive mall attracts residents and visitors alike. It's the perfect place to sit and people watch at the end of the day, capture others on their shopping journeys or skating on the rink as night falls.