10 Dreamy University Campuses in South Korea You’ll Want to Enrol in

10 Dreamy University Campuses in South Korea You’ll Want to Enrol in

Campus life has never looked more appealing!

You’ll find that many of the universities in South Korea aren’t just a place to pursue all things academic, but also make for surprisingly picturesque backdrops for some Insta-worthy snaps too. In fact, many of their campuses feature stunning architecture and beautiful parks. And even if you’re not a student, fret not – most of the campuses are open to the public!

If you’re planning a visit to any of these college grounds, do note that it’s possible to spend half a day exploring the photogenic surroundings… so do pencil in some extra time in your travel itinerary!

1. Kyung Hee University (Seoul)

Widely regarded as one of the best private universities in Korea, Kyung Hee University is established in 1949, and it’s voted as one of the most beautiful universities in Seoul.

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With its Gothic-style building and well-groomed gardens, its architectural style is reminiscent of a town in Europe.

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The best times to visit the campus are definitely during spring and autumn, where the campus is full of cherry blossoms and autumn foliage – so beautiful that you’re probably going to still want to come to campus whether you’ve got lectures or not!

Address: 26, Kyungheedae-ro, Donddaemun-gu, Seoul.

2. Yonsei University (Seoul)

As one of the most prestigious universities in the country, Yonsei University is a private research university in Seoul established in 1885. It is also one of the oldest universities in Korea.

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As reputed as it is academically, Yonsei University is also known for its postcard-perfect campus. In fact, it looks pretty all year round – whether it’s blanketed in snow during winter or decked with vivid coloured flowers in spring.

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Address: 50 Yonsei-ro, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

3. EwhaWoman’s University (Seoul)

Ewha Woman’s University was founded in 1886 by Mary F. Scranton, an American missionary, under Emperor Gojong’s (the 26th king of the Joseon Dynasty) rule. It was Korea’s first educational institute for women, and also the world’s largest female educational institute.

Today, all its original architecture can still be seen on the campus. The name Ewha, which translates to “Pear Blossoms”, was given by the Emperor Gojong in 1887 as it was said that there was a grove of pear trees near Scranton’s home.

Filled with cherry blossoms during spring and covered by autumn foliage in autumn, the scenery of Ewha’s campus will not disappoint you!

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Don’t miss out the popular shopping streets (read: retail heaven) around the Ewha areas where you can pick out stylish and chic clothing and accessories that won’t burn a hole in your pocket!

Address: 52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Bukahyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

4. Konkuk University (Seoul)

Konkuk University is one of the leading private universities in Korea, with its Seoul campus located near the Han River.

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Breathtaking all-year-round in all its seasons, and with celebrity alumni like Lee Minho, Lee Jungsuk and Choi Minho, you’ll definitely want to re-enroll even after graduation.

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The picturesque Ilgam Lake is located in the center of the campus, which lets you kayak while being surrounded by nature and tranquility.

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Address: 120 Neungdong-ro, Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

5. Korea University (Seoul)

As one of the top three universities in Korea, alongside Seoul University and Yonsei University – often referred to by locals as the the “SKY” universities – Korea University is one of the most esteemed universities in the country.

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Established back in 1905, it is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Korea.

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The campus is full of castle-esque buildings , which are exceptionally beautiful when the winter snow blankets the campus.

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Address: 145 Anam-ro, Anam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul

6. Wonkwang University (Iksan)

Located in Iksan, Wonkwang University was founded in 1946. It is one of the few academies affiliated with Won Buddhism.

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Located at the birthplace of Baekje Kingdom, its design and interiors reflects the rich culture it’s inherited from history. The architecture of the campus also resembles that of an ancient Chinese building.

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Address: 460 Iksan-daero, Sin-dong, Iksan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

7. Keimyung University (Daegu)

Established in 1954 as a Christian university, Keimyung University is located in the city of Daegu. It was built according to the architecture style of Harvard University, so it is also called the “Eastern Harvard University”.

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Did we mention that “Boys Over Flowers” was filmed here? Many Korean dramas were filmed at Keimyung University, which is why it is also widely known as “K-Drama University”.

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Address: South Korea, Daegu, Dalseo-gu, Dalgubeol-daero, 1095

8. Sungkyungkwan University (Seoul)

The history of Sungkyungkwan University can be traced back to 1398, where it was founded in the Joseon Dynasty to nurture its nobles in Chinese Classics and Confucian canons.

Today, many old buildings still remain in the university, like the Bicheondang that is already 600 years old!

The apricot trees’ delicate heart-shaped leaves fall every autumn, and carpet the campus in a golden yellow field.

Address: 25-2 Sungkyunkwan-ro, Myeongnyun 3(sam)ga-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

9. Sejong University (Seoul)

Established in 1940, the university was named to honour the fourth king of the Chosun Dynasty, Sejong the Great, who had invented the Korean alphabet Hangeul. Consisting of 23 buildings, the campus is built in a distinctly traditional Korean style.

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It’s reputed for its standing in hospitality and tourism management courses, dancing, animation and rhythmic gymnastics – in fact; its College of Arts and Physical education and College of Hospitality and Tourism Management are top-ranked in the country.

Address: 209 Neungdong-ro, Gunja-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

10. Chonnam University (Gwangju)

Located in Gwangju, Chonnam University was founded in 1952. With plenty of greenery on the campus, you can spot the students lounging and having picnics on the grass on days when the weather is good.

As you enter its main gate, marvel at the impressive row of trees that line the avenue leading towards the campus grounds. Get this: the campus also has its own fountain statue called the Bongji Fountain.

Address: 77 Yongbong-ro, Yongbong-dong, Buk-gu, Kwangju, South Korea

So, which university in Korea would you choose to study in if you could have a second chance?

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Always eating something, or on her way finding good food, Sophie has the ultimate dream of becoming a full-time traveller and freelance writer to share her travel and food-hunting story. Interested in learning new languages, she has learned French, Japanese and Vietnamese, and hopes to speak like the natives in future. Things she enjoys? French pastries, Impressionism artworks, non-fiction books, Korean drama, and a good cup of coffee (or wine!).

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