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Korean attitudes to people filming and photographing?

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Korean attitudes to people filming and photographing?

In some countries, such as Morrocco, it is forbidden to photograph somebody without their prior permission.

Now OF COURSE I DO NOT plan to take pictures of people, but whilst I am sightseeing, I will like to get some photo/film memories.

Is there any particular place that I should be advised NOT to take photos and use my camcorder? Temples?

There seems to be lots of film on YouTube, like of people walking down shopping streets in Myeongdong etc, so I cannot presume there is too much of a problem, but thought I would ask...

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1. Re: Korean attitudes to people filming and photographing?

Please~ I can understand about you being anxious about vising a strange foreign country that you don't know much about. But you can relax, Koreans attitude about taking photo is not that much different from your home land. You can shoot your heart's content at any place unless there is "no photography" sign. I've took pictures from palaces, temple, museums (without flash of course) and etc.

Actually I found Koreans are so helpful, on several popular areas such as Bukchon Hanok Village, I saw couple of camera signs engraved on the road, indicating that's the good spot to take picture!~ (How helpful is that?)

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2. Re: Korean attitudes to people filming and photographing?

Hmmm, Blee, I would slightly disagree with you. Most Koreans are quite shy and do not want to be filmed or have their pictures taken by others without permission. If it's just camcording in a major street, it should be fine. But some people, especially young women, will hide their faces as they pass by.

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3. Re: Korean attitudes to people filming and photographing?

I think not only Koreans but many Americans would also shy away when a stranger want to photograph them without asking permission. You need to read my post more carefully. I said the OP can take photo of any place unless there is "no photography" sign. What I meant Koreans being helpful about photographing was that they placed "photo spot" signs on many good vantage points, helping tourist to take good picture.

On side notes, on few occasions when I asked locals for permission to take picture of them, after initial hesitation, they happily posed for my camera. Some people even coached me which angle would be good for them, some fixed their makeup carefully, and some even asked me to shoot them again after they reviewed the first shot. Overall, I find Koreans are quite helpful and friendly once they got over their initial shyness.

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4. Re: Korean attitudes to people filming and photographing?

well,first of all what you have said isn't true,am moroccan,and i can say that we are very famous for being generous and being well known for a special kind of hospitality,so moroccan people are very friendly in general,of course you will feel the freedom as long as you don't abuse the freedom of other people,that's the limit for how things goes in general,so my advise to you is where ever you go,viedo filming i guess is fine,but without taking picture unless you ask the people permision,every and each individual in this earth has his/her own privacy,make sure you don't abuse that term under the name of freedom.

asking people permission shows your education level, and give a great feedback about ur personality.



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5. Re: Korean attitudes to people filming and photographing?

My Korean is not up to asking permission to take pictures.

I would not hesitate to take pictures of places and crowded places. In places like Folk Villages, pix of "performers" are OK.Pix of groups of kids are probably fine. However pictures of individuals, as you say, are a no-no.

Temples are fine except where there is a no-camera sign.

And I agree with blee246 about helpfulness. Some Koreans will offer to take pix of you with YOUR camera. I have had many Koreans who want their picture taken with me or with my wife- even a bride and groom on their wedding day!

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