Destination / Postcards

Photographer Olivia Repaci’s photo diary from South Korea

Full of heart, power and passion – Seoul is a city sometimes unfairly overlooked. An eye-opening trip into a country that is embroiled in drama, this is an exploration into the beautiful country of South Korea.

“Authentic Korean food in progress.”

“Korean dinners consist of dozens of little side dishes that come together as one symphony of flavours. These are just two of my favourites.”

“A world of aesthetic organisation.”

“An ode to the silenced ‘Comfort Women’: women and girls forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army in occupied territories before and during World War II. Located outside the Japanese Embassy.

“Protesters in Seoul.”

“A city surrounded by mountains.”

“Korean architecture has a soft brutalist aesthetic that I love.”

“A free calligraphy demonstration on the street.”

“The ethos of the Korean people as stated by their National Assembly.”

“Gyeongbokgung Palace.”

“Pure matcha that smelt like heaven.”

“An oasis in the heat of the Seoul summer.”

“Street markets in the middle of Seoul’s business district.”

“Landscaper hard at work outside the National Assembly.”

“Location of historic peace talks between opposing nations.”

“Temple within the Demilitarized Zone in Paju.”

“On the border of North and South.”

“Our tour guides at the border were Korean soldiers under the UN supervision.”

“Inside a Military Armistice Commission building on the border of North and South. A lot of family reunions occur here. A poignant place.”

“Statue of King Sejong with Palace behind.”

“Bright blue on the border.”

“More bright blue.”

“A peak into the North.”

“A streetscape in Seoul.”

“Cheonggyecheon: a water relaxation park that links to the Han river.”