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Best Autumn Destinations in South Korea

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Autumn is really here and a lot of us are looking for the best Autumn destinations to visit in South Korea. Autumn is magical and something different. There’s a beauty in every leaf that falls. Let’s check it out in this post!

Autumn is my favorite season where every leaf reveals its beauty in a unique way. The leaves changes in different colors like red, purple, orange, and yellow. It will make you fall in love even from the last leaf that will fall into the land. It’s also the perfect time for outdoor activities like mountain hikes.

Although autumn is the shortest season among the 3 seasons of Korea still it gives a great and perfect picture to everyone who sees it and experiences how beautiful it is. After the intense heat of summer, the cool weather arrives. It’s not the same as the coldness of winter but it’s the season that makes you feel warm during the day and cool during the night. It’s autumn.

Best Autumn Destinations in South Korea

Haneul Park

Haneul Park is one of the five parks of World Cup Park located in the district of Mapu in Seoul. Every year Haneul Park holds a  festival which is set where the silver grass is ready and in its full bloom. It takes 90% of the landfill plus the new pink muhly grass and Kochia.

But this year, the annual Silver Glass festival is canceled and Haneul Park is closed from September 29 to November 9. You might be interested in reading this article of Hanuel Park: A Landfill Turned Into Heaven.

Address: 121-250  95 Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Olympic Park

Olympic Park is one of the wide-spaces open parks in Seoul where you can enjoy leisure and culture at the same time.  This park was created in memory of the 86 Asian Games and the 88 Seoul Olympics which the abilities and potential of Korean people have known in the whole world.

yellow cosmos flowers

Olympic Park is also one of the best places to visit during autumn because it is a field with different colors of autumn. You can walk around or ride a bicycle when roaming around the park. Visit Spot No. 8, the Flower Garden of Deulggod Maru to see the yellow cosmos. You can check the 9 spots of Olympic Park in this article, the Olympic Park Travel Guide and Stam Tour.

Address: 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
How to get here: Olympic Park Station (Line 5), exit 3

Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung is one of the best destinations for locals and tourists who are visiting Seoul during autumn. This place is across the street from Seoul City Plaza so it’s easy to find.

autumn palace trees

Deoksugung means the palace of virtuous longevity, which is only the palace that has a western-style of buildings inside aside from being famous for its elegant stone walls which have been featured in the Korean drama Goblin.

Deoksugung Doldam-gil (Deoksugung Stone-wall Road)

At Deoksugung Doldam-gil (Deoksugung Stone-wall Road) you can have a romantic walk during autumn. While Jeongdong-gil offers the yellow and green colors of Ginkgo trees which are also beautiful to see during autumn. Just bear with the smell because it smells like poop.

Aside from the beautiful view of autumn, you can also visit many places near the Deoksugung Palace, read Places to Visit Around Seoul City Hall Area.

Address: 99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul

Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace is the second royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty. It is located at the east of Gyeongbukgung. Among the palaces, this palace still preserves its original features.

This is the principal palace for many kings and the government of Joseon. The palace began its popularity from the time of Sejongjong, the 9th King of Joseon. But in 1592 the palace was burned by the angry citizens when the royal family fled the residence during the Japanese invasion.

Secret Garden (Biwon)

Secret Garden (Biwon) is one of the gardens in Changdeokgung which is known for its natural beauty.  Gwallamjeong Pavilion is one of the most visited spots during autumn and it’s actually featured in the Netflix Zombie series Kingdom. Admission to the garden has a separate fee.

Address: 185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 185)

Nami Island

Nami Island is included in the Top 20 Best Travel Destinations in Korea. This small island was also featured in the Korean drama “Winter Sonata”, from then the place became famous and started to attract tourists.

ginkgo trees autumn

Nami Island is always packed with tourists and locals all around the year but the highest numbers of visitors are during autumn. This island offers amazing scenery of autumn which will make you fall in love in every corner of this place.

Address: 1, Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do

Seoraksan

When Korea’s season is changing, Seoraksan always shows the first signs of snow, blooming of flowers, and autumn. Seoraksan is one of the most beautiful mountains in Korea which offers stunning views and has been designated as the 5th national park in Korea. It is located in Gangwon province.

autumn trees

The fastest and easiest way to see the beauty of Seoraksan can take the cable car but cable car tickets should be bought in an hour before taking the cable car. Seoraksan is always peaked during summer, fall, or weekends. The ticket price is 11,000 won for adults and 7,000 won for children. For more updates, you can check the Seoraksan cable car website here.

Address: Seoraksan-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do

Incheon Dream Park

I haven’t been to Incheon Dream Park but this place is actually a home of different flowers. This park is located outside Seoul so visiting during autumn is most worth it trip. You can find the best autumn foliage here and many kinds of flowers like bright orange cosmos, daisies, and Kochia, and the beautiful pink muhly.

The park is open from Monday to Saturday and it is closed on Sundays and holidays. In addition, Incheon Dream Park was one of the filming locations of the Korean drama Goblin.

Address: 61 Geowol-ro, Seo-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 서구 거월로 61)

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autumn ginkgo trees

What are your favorite autumn destinations?

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16 Replies to “Best Autumn Destinations in South Korea”

  1. I often hear the Hanuel park from my students makes me wonder how it looks like in person. I have a canceled flight to Korea this October due to this pandemic and one of the place that I’ll visit is this Hanuel Park since it was recommended by my Koreans Students. Guess I’ll visit that place soon.

  2. I am only family with Haneul Park most probably because I have read it somewhere online. Sobrang ganda talaga sa South Korea especially pag Autumn. Can’t wait to travel and visit these destinations. :((

  3. Your post encouraged me to visit Korea for their instagrammable scenerie. The Incheon Dream Park reminds me a TV series called Lavendar. The atmosphere, the vibes could be a great scene for a romantic, drama movie…:)

  4. Australia governmentvis proposing to create a travel bubble which includes South Korea. Sana matuloy para makapunta kami! I’ll save these destination you’ve mentioned.

  5. Autumn!!weird na wala sa pinas pero favorite ko sya. Siguro kasi kasabay nito halloween. Wish i could experience something beautiful as this. Thank you for bringing me there virtually

  6. I always say autumn is my favorite season even though I haven’t experienced it yet. Lol Thank you for this list! For Nami Island, do you have like recommended hours to visit it?

  7. Autumn is awesome season for me ,though we don’t have here, looking all the beautiful and best picture of autumn all over the world! What’s really nice , autumn in South Korea! How beautiful it was

  8. Wow this is what I like about autumn, ang ganda ng paligid. I like your list po, lahat maganda. You can’t choose which one to visit first.

  9. Wahhh ang ganda dito ms.abby 😍 gusto ko dn maka experience ng autumn kaso mukang malabo 😁 ang daming choices ng place na pwedeng mapasyalan ❤️

  10. Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” “Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn

  11. This blog encourage me to go South Korea to see this autumn. Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

  12. Wow really awesome Autumn season in korea.
    Autumn is magical and something different. There’s a beauty in every leaf that falls how I wish to experience visiting this place during autumn. Loved to personally experience this wonderful place.
    Thank you for sharing po, while I’m reading this blog my imagination really flying to Korea.

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