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Roof Topping in Korea

By on May 11, 2012 in Korea, Photography | 8 comments

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After reading about a recent rags-to-riches (in a manner of speaking) story courtesy of 500px, realized what many of us have been doing in Korea has become a “trend” Roof Topping seems to be the new thing in photography where people head to the roofs of buildings and take photos from it.

The story on one Torontonian photographer Tom Ryaboi and how his one image made him a huge success, inspired me because it showed how it takes one simple image to get you noticed. Sure I have been climbing up to the tops of roofs around Ulsan for years and I am not famous, but it just takes the right shot, at the right moment to get the right exposure.

So with that in mind, I got to the top of the CGV Building in the Old Downtown of Ulsan and got some cool shots of the city. I was also thinking about collecting a list of roof tops in Korea to shoot from as this is one of the more popular questions that I get. So if you have a place that you can get to the roof of, in Korea, please drop it in the comment section below with any details on how to get up there. I can then put together a list for people looking to get some “rooftopping” done

I will start the list with Ulsan:

CGV Building

Location: Shinae/Seungnam Dong

Details: The CGV building over looks the Taehwa River and sits next to the Exordium and Lotte Castle Towers. There is a park on the roof that is barely in use and at night is abandoned. To get to the top take the elevator to the 14th floor and hit the hit the stairs, there is also an external stair case if you feel like getting some exercise. You can take the elevator down from the 15ht floor when you return.



Family Tower

Location: Shinae/Seungnam Dong, Right next door to the CGV building.

Details: This is located right next to the CGV area and offers a better view of the Taehwa River Park and area. The top floor is vacant, so you can take the elevator right to the top and then the stairs to the roof.

Weltz Tower

Location: Mugeo-dong, on the opposite side from the Namoon Plaza towards Ulsan University.

Details: The Weltz Towers overlook the Sinbok Rotary and mugeo area. There is a nice rood top park up there and instant elevator access.

Namoon Plaza

Location: Mugeo-dong, just past Sinbok rotary towards the samhoe bridge.

Details: Namoon Plaza overlooks the opposite-side of the Sinbok Rotary and offers more of a view of the mountains and area. It is much harder to get to because the top floor is a buffet restaurant and the stairs to the roof are located inside he restaurant. If you get of on the 17th floor and take the stair there, it will be a lot easier.

lotte Wheel


Dentist Building across from Lotte Department Store

Location: Samsan-dong, across from the Lotte Multi Plaza and Next to Outback Steakhouse

Details: This place offers the best views of the Lotte Wheel and area. The top floor is easy to get to and very quiet.



Tempo Building

Location: Above the gonguptap Rotary

Details: This building offers an unobstructed view of the area and unparalleled view of the rotary. Take the elevator to the top and head up the stairs. Go out the door to the roof and take a right and climb the ladder. From here you can see all of the city and it is great.

Above the Wedding Shop

Location: Taehwa Rotary

Details: With a large billboard on the roof, it may be tough to get the the ledge as you have to crawl under the supports but the views of the Rotary are worth it. The elevator will take you most of the way to the top. This building is mostly empty so, don’t expect too much company.

Aderia Apartments

Location: Next to the aging Taehwa Hotel and the shiny new apartments.

Details: Newer apartments are a lot harder to get to the roof because of the doors. If you ask the guards or wait until someone arrives that can buzz you up. These apartments offer a great deal of views from over the Taehwa River park to across the city.


    • Jason Teale

      May 15, 2012

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      Thank you! I was very happy with that shot too. It was a little tricky getting up there and the walls on the roof were a little higher than what I remembered but in the end it was worth it.

  1. Shanna

    May 15, 2012

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    THIS IS AMAZING. I’ve been wanting to do this for ages. Might try some buildings in Seoul. The photos look great!

    • Jason Teale

      May 15, 2012

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      If you do let me know how it goes! I have always wanted to get some of these shots around Seoul! Thank you for your comment

  2. I’m always on the lookout for roof tops. For our blog we will be in Busan until the end of July. Do you have any tips for some roof tops …? Especially for the Gwangan Bridge? But anything I would be super excited about.

    Also what are some good places to buy lenses and I need a new tripod. Any tips?

    Thank you in advance and I love your photos!

  3. Rach

    January 15, 2015

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    You are awesome for posting this! Will be in Korea in a few months so this should come in handy. You made it sound like accessing the roofs wasn’t hard


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