Korea’s Best Fall Foliages

And so it’s autumn. The color turning of trees around the corner will always be a magical milieu to me and as it is my favorite season a walk in between those golden yellow and red trees will forever be so edifying. If you haven’t seen the grandiose of this season… it is now the perfect time to stroll around.

Definitely the countryside has the most gorgeous landscape for this time of year. Mountains are the best ones to explore and hiking will definitely a good experience. The crimson color is covering those bluffs flawlessly. My list below are the best one’s from my nature tripping and wandering Seoul solely gave me a wonderful picture perfect memories.

Let’s start from the farthest I’d been and to closest in Seoul:

1. Naejangsan  

This mountain is glorious and famous in all seasons throughout Korea, but most spectacular in autumn. The razzle-dazzle colors of fall foliage are what locals and foreigners behold.

How to go:

From Line 3, Express Bus Terminal Station, Honam line, take a bus to Jeongup. Travel time 3hours, bus start at 6:30am – 11:00pm. For train: Yongsan Station to Jeongup starts 5:20am – 11:10pm.

2. Korean Folk Village

One of a kind old village that is so popular among Koreans and foreigners. The village glory and prestige rooted from the Joseon dynasty, a Korean kingdom that lasted for approximately five centuries. A peaceful village encompassed by the Korean ancestor’s wisdom and wits.

How to go:

From Seoul, take Bus 5001-1 from Line 2 Gangnam Station, exit 10. It takes 40 minutes with a fare of 2,500won. From Suwon station, take bus no.37 or 10-5; from Jukjeon station bus no.30. The free shuttle bus ride is from Sanggal Station, Bundang line.

Admission Fees 
Individuals: Adults (ages 19 and up) 18,000 won / Teenagers (ages 13-18): 15,000 won / Children 13,000 won
Groups: Adults 15,000 won / Teenagers 13,000 won / Children 11,000 won

3. The Garden of Morning Calm

An oldest and private garden with beds of flowers artistically displayed and maintained.

How to go:

From Sangbong station take Gyeongchun line..get off at Cheongpyong station and take the shuttle bus. It costs 6,000won for one day ride around Gapyeong including Nami island.

Admission Fees 
[Individuals]
Adults: 9,000 won
Teenagers: 6,500 won
Children: 5,500 won

[Groups]
Adults: Weekdays 8,000 won
Teenagers: Weekdays 5,500 won
Children: Weekdays 4,500 won

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4. Nami Island

 A half-moon shaped island that is so popular for locals and tourist. It was a location of several Korean films because of its scenery. The fall foliage are most visited here especially by the tourists.

Direction: From Gapyeong Bus Terminal or Gapyeong Station, take a taxi to Namiseom (travel time: 10-15 mins.
Shuttle Bus (from http://www.visitkorea.or.kr)
* Bus stops
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3 next to Tapgol Park
2) Namdaemun Gate (Sungnyemum Square Bus Stop in front of Namdaemun Market)
3) Namiseom Island (Parking lot in front of ticket booth)
* Bus schedule (Insa-dong/Namdaemun Gate ↔ Namiseom Island

– Departing time: Insa-dong at 09:30 / Namdaemun Gate 09:30 / Namiseom Island at 16:00
* Fares
Adults 15,000 won (round-trip), 7,500 won (one way) / Children (age 24 months-12) 13,000 won (round trip),
6,500 won (one way)
* Advanced reservation required (inquiries +82-2-753-1247) online reservation.

5. Olympic Park

 It is a huge park with so much things to explore, you can go biking or just simply unwind. Walking around here is so delightful. There’s a lot to see and explore.

Directions 
[Subway]
Olympic Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3.
Mongchontoseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit 1.

[Bus]
Get off at Olympic Park Bus Stop.
– Green Bus: 3214, 3220, 3319, 3412

Get off at Olympic Park Peace Plaza Bus Stop.
– Green Bus: 3412, 3413
– Blue Bus: 340

Get off at Olympic Center Bus Stop.
– Green Bus: 3318, 3319, 3411, 4318
– Blue Bus: 340, 341, 351

6. Seoul National Cemetery and Park

 Surrounded by a sacred mountains that displays a vibrant blush of gingkos and maple trees. This park is open for public and one of perfect place for picnic.

How to go:

Directions 
[Subway]
Dongjak Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 2 or 4.

[Bus]
Take Bus No. 5524, 6411, 361, 362, 363, 642, 640 or 360.
Get off at Seoul National Cemetery (Gungnim Myoji) Bus Stop.

Seoul Palaces and fortress are absolutely worth to visit too, and I may suggest that you wander wearing their traditional dress, hanbok. You’ll love it surely!

7. Seoul Fortress from Dongdaemun to Hyewadong

How to go:

Dongdaemun Station Line 1 or 4.. walk to exit 6…cross the road, the fortress can be seen from the exit  or Hansung University Station Line 4….exit 4. Wlak along the side of the road until you see the stairs.

Needless to say that walking along Seoul’s fortress wall is one of “must do” things when in Korea. The fortress from Dongdaemun stretching to Hyewadong area has the best view of the city. My excitement on witnessing the transition of those leaves from green to bright yellow and sunset silhouettes never ceases. The breathtaking panoramic view will keep you dazzle.

8. Changdeokgung and the Secret Garden

The most unique Korean palace constructed way back 1405. Its exclusive landscapes and the secret garden were so popular and much visited than the other palaces in Seoul. It has a royal garden with an exquisite beauty and we were able to enter trough a guided tour only.

Admission Fees 
Adults (ages 25-64): 3,000 won / Group (over 10 people): 2,400 won
Students (ages 24 and under): Free (* Except for foreign visitors)

* Huwon Tour (Secret Garden)
Adults (ages 25-65) 8,000 won
Young adults (ages 19-24) 5,000 won
Children and Teenagers (ages 7-18): 2,500 won
Groups of 10 people or more: 7,400 won
* Free admission: Children (ages 6 or under) / People with disabilities / Men of national merits

9. Gyeongbukgung

The largest among the five grandiose palaces in Korea.

Directions 
[Subway]
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 5.
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 1.

[Bus]
Take Bus No. 1020, 7025,109, 171, 172, 601 or 606 and get off at Gyeongbokgung Palace Bus Stop.

Take Jongno Bus No. 11 and get off at National Folk Musuem of Korea Bus Stop. 마을버스 종로11

Admission Fees 
Adults (ages 25-64): 3,000 won / Groups (10 people or more): 2,400 won

10. Bongeunsa Temple

A temple located near Coex and one of a popular temple in Seoul.

Directions 
[Subway]
Bongeunsa Temple Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 1.
– Walk straight for 150 m.

Autumn doesn’t last long, and falling of leaves  will eventually fall in…but don’t feel anguish! It is even more magical. The falling colorful leaves upon your head and feet are quite a serene experience, a precious moment.

And so those are my best places for autumn! Yet, there’s more to see and to blog. I’m gonna keep it coming guys… it isn’t the peak of autumn yet in Seoul and festivals will be held this weekend on its prime.

 

 

 

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