[WOW Korea] Autumn foliage in Korea

I think the first (and only) post I did about the weather in Seoul was for fall! (Sorry I haven’t continued that part, perhaps I should do up one for spring? :D) Fall is actually one of my favorite seasons (although I always oscillate between spring and fall), but the beautiful autumn leaves are definitely worth your visit in Korea! This time through the weekly missions for #wowkoreasupporters , I have the chance to introduce locations where you can view pretty autumn leaves in Korea!

Deoksugung Dolgam-gil

Source: koreatimes.co.kr

Beautiful autumn foliage along the sidewalk of Deoksugung Source: koreatimes.co.kr

It’s such a coincidence that I just learnt about Deoksugung Dolgam-gil being famous for autumn foliage in my Korean class today! According to my Korean teacher, it is really one of the most popular locations where Koreans visit to enjoy the beautiful red and yellow leaves in the cool weather. There’s also a little tidbit where she says that couples don’t go there, because they would break up if they do. So it’s a good place definitely for a group of friends!

Source: visitkorea.or.kr

Isn’t it beautiful! Source: visitkorea.or.kr

There are many attractions as you walk along the stone wall, such as Deoksugung, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Chongdong Theater, etc. So while you enjoy your stroll, why not visit some of these places as well?

How to get there:

Take the subway to City Hall Station (Exit 2 or Exit 12), turn left upon exiting and walk straight for 30 meters


Seoraksan

For those of you who are a bit more adventurous and keen on mountains and hiking, Seoraksan is highly recommended! Since it is located in Gangwondo it’s not that much far away from Seoul. It is an entirely different experience seeing the autumn foliage on an entire mountain!

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Autumn foliage on the mountain. Source: dougcraigphotography.com

There are many hikes you can take, if you’re an experienced hiker you can take the more complicated trail (like an 11 hour one), but if you’re not experienced and just wish to take an easy hike you can take various trails, the shortest one about 1.5 hours. You can even take a cable car from the ticket office to Gwongeumseong Fortress, and start your hike from there!

Source: mynikonni.blogspot.kr

Beautiful combination of autumn colors! Source: mynikonni.blogspot.kr

How to get there:

Take an express bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Sokcho Terminal. It takes about 2~3 hours and costs W17,300.

From Sokcho Terminal, take Bus 7 or 7-1 and get off at the last stop (Seoraksan Sogongwon Stop). It takes about 30 minutes.

For more information, this website from Visit Korea is extremely helpful: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=1104130

Hope this post will help you enjoy autumn in Korea better! ^^

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