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Yongbiji / South Korea

Photographer John Steele visited the region and the gorgeous Yongbiji reservoir to capture this shot.

Published on Jun 8, 2016

Hidden countryside gems are often known only to locals—and photographers. Every country has a few of these scenic secrets, and Yongbiji reservoir, nestled deep in the farmland of Seosan, is one such treasure in the “Land of the Morning Calm.” Located less than two hours away from Seoul on the country’s western seaboard, Seosan is beloved by clued-in aesthetes for its beautiful coastline dotted with pine trees and chrysanthemums. While Yongbiji is picturesque year round, the reservoir really springs to life in spring when the colorful trees and blossoms reflect vibrantly on the still water. Whether you’re a photographer or not, don’t forget that oh-so-charming pavilion that adds a finishing touch to this typically Korean scene.


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