Red Doors Around Seoul

Red doors. I have always been fascinated with red doors. Always. When my family go back to the Philippines to settle down, I have already visualized a dominant red door for our house.

In the meantime, while I go around Seoul I make it a point to have a photo with a red door. I started collecting red door photos last year and this is the perfect month to share these photos because:

1) February is predominantly red (hello, Valentines!)

2) doors are mystical – they put boundaries or they connect two different dimensions. This is very personal and timely for me now.

I was going on a Bukhansan Hike with 2 friends and found this red door in one of the houses along an alley in one of the paths going up to Bukhansan.

a red door in an alley going up to our Bukhansan Hike

On a night stroll with my husband and sons, we found this huge red door in Hongdae.

Cafe Ido at Hongdae

I found this red door beside the Sanmotoongi Cafe at Boam-dong. The gate was locked so I contented myself with pointing at the red door.

red door at Boam-dong


Still at Boam-dong, I found this red door (more of a gate). This one was nearer the Baeksasil Valley where we had a good Autumn hike.

red gate near the foot of the Baeksasil Valley

It took this fiery red door for me to give Holly’s Coffee a serious look. It’s actually everywhere in Seoul. This one’s located near Exit 3 of Gyeongbukgong Station on my way to meet friends to eat at Tongin Market, a must-go-to place when you want to experience Korea’s traditional market and food.

#RedDoor @ #Holly’sCoffee

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I went on an interesting hike at Ingwangsan and it was a hike with an attempt to have a bit of a glamour twist. But before going up that unforgettable hike, we passed by Inwangsan-gil and found this red-framed door of an art shop:

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red-framed door of an art shop at Inwangsan-gil


No matter how many times I go around Sangsu-dong, there’s always something new to my eyes. Or come to think of it, this restaurant has always been there but I only got to notice this Korean restaurant when I was consciously on the look-out for red doors.

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Korean resto at Sangsu-dong


It really is just a matter of perspective. We see what we want to see. On another Sangsu-dong excursion – I love this place since my husband first introduced me to have our Mother’s Day lunch!, I found this very red salon:

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another one at Sangsu-dong


Recently, hubby and I got lost in Hongdae while looking for this French restaurant called L’Empreinte. And sometimes, getting lost is a good way of discovering places. And so, I got another red door at Red Big!

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Red door at Red Big

I am so looking forward to seeing more red doors. It has become a fascination.

And while I am looking forward to seeing more of these reds, I allow my thoughts to venture into… do I use these doors to welcome and connect? or do I use them to firmly set boundaries?

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8 thoughts on “Red Doors Around Seoul

  1. I love your collection! A future post I was thinking of doing was collecting bathroom signs in a certain country—in China at the moment, to be more specific haha. I have a few as well of Malaysia. So you can see, your love for red doors is cute. Mine is be a bit strange, haha

  2. What a cute fascination and sure makes for a fun way to see the city. I like how it changes your view or makes you see an old place in a new light. Can’t wait to see a picture of your house and front door one day 🙂

  3. Well hello there red lady… haha.. I’ve been to Cafe I do at Hongdae, and I also have a photo with their red door. I won’t judge you for having a fascination on red doors, the important thing is, it makes you happy. Next time I see a red door, I will definitely remember you.

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