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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.