Autumn in Korea is a sight that you must experience at least once in your life.
Leaves take up the fiery colours of flowers that we might see in spring. The hues of red, yellow and orange set fire to the entire landscape cut by the steadily increasing cool weather. The red maple leaves are the highlight of this refreshing season. The cool weather offers a reprieve from the humid and hot summer season. The change between the weather during the day and night sees a drastic rise and fall. If travelling to Korea during autumn, carrying a light jacket or cardigan is a good idea. However, as November approaches, winter coats become necessary. Long-sleeved shirts and sweatshirts are also essential items to keep with you in this weather.
Asan Gingko Tree Road (아산 은행 나무 길)
There are numerous places you can visit during autumn in Korea. The Asan Gingko Tree Road is quite an attraction during this season. Lined with massive trees, it’s a sight to be seen. You can witness the leaves turning into hues of golden and yellow offering an impressive landscape. Another spot worth experiencing is Changdeokgung (창덕궁), built in 1405 as the second royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It is the most well-preserved palace among the five situated in Seoul. The palace has a secret garden that offers beautiful scenery in this season. The old members of the royal family would come here to relax since the garden is surrounded by many trees. The atmosphere over here is peaceful since it is disconnected from the chaos of the rest of Seoul city.
Autumn in Nami Island (남이섬)
Another top destination during this season is Nami Island . It is an island that has been formed due to the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam (청평호반). It is home to the grave of General Nami who died at a very young age during the reign of the seventh Joseon King. Famous as the filming location of the Korean drama, Winter Sonata, the island is usually a top spot that tourists wish to visit. It is possible to take a walk along the road lined with crimson and golden trees. There are numerous water sports that you can participate in while touring this area.
You can also take a trip to Seoraksan, which is a breathtaking mountain surrounded by the Seoraksan National Park (설악산 국립 공원 사무소). The landscape is beautiful with mountain streams and a lot of flora and fauna. There are numerous hiking trails and you can also ride a cable car that takes you to the peak of the mountain. From the peak you can travel to Gwongeumseong (궝금성) which is a site containing castle ruins.
Autumn around Bulguksa (불국사)
Bulguksa is another place worth visiting since it was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. It is a historical site in Gyeongju (경주) constructed in 528 CE during the Silla period. The Dabotap (다보탑) and Seokgatap (석가탑) pagodas are unique attractions in this temple. You can see a traditional tea ceremony and also explore the temple grounds with the Buddhist monks. The wood and stone architecture is dominated by the red maple leaves during the autumn season.
Autumn in Korea is quite an exciting time of the year. With such a large variety of activities to participate in, it is definitely a good season to visit the country. I highly recommend you make a trip with your friends and family at this time. You will definitely be very satisfied!