Fall is considered the best time to travel to South Korea. The leaves changing color from a vibrant green to a rich palette of red, orange and yellow typically marks the onset of autumn. Autumn in Seoul offers cool and crisp weather, breathtaking foliage and stunning views of the enchanting fall colors. Usually, September, October and November are the best months to take a fall foliage trip.
Top 7 Places To Visit In Autumn In Seoul
We have shortlisted 7 places that boast a high volume of visitors during autumn in Seoul. Read on to find out what makes these destinations remarkably beautiful in this season:
1. Naejangsan Mountain
Naejangsan Mountain is one of the most popular destinations to witness autumn weather in Seoul. It is exceptionally famous for its brilliant crimson foliage, lush waterfalls and 600-year-old nutmeg trees. The mountain is home to two ancient Buddhist temples. The tree-lined path from Hiking Information Center to Naejangsa Temple, one of the temples, is known for its canopy of azaleas and cherry blossom trees.
How to reach: Take the KTX train from Yongsan Station to Jeong-eup Station. Then, proceed to take a local bus to Naejangsan National Park.
2. Seoraksan Mountain
Although there are numerous places to visit in Seoul in autumn, the mountains are still considered a quintessential destination. This year, the leaves are expected to change color around late September at Seoraksan Mountain. If you plan to hike, some of the best foliage spots that you shouldn’t miss include are Cheonbuldong Valley, Osaek Mineral Spring, Osaek Jujeongol and Baekdam Valley.
How to reach: Take a bus to Sokcho Express Bus Terminal from Seoul Express Bus Terminal. Then, proceed to take bus number 7 or 7-1 to Seoraksan Sogongwon Bus Stop. The park is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
3. Daedunsan Mountain
Daedunsan is one of the most dramatic mountains to hike in the autumn months in Seoul. The unique harmony of rocky peaks and the bright colors of autumnal leaves is simply breathtaking. You can take advantage of the Daedun cable car to take lots of photos from up above. The cable car takes you to right in front of the Cloud Bridge which is a popular suspension bridge in Daedunsan.
How to reach: Get to Seobu and grab the green city bus number 34 from the stop in front or back of the Daejeon Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal. It leaves every 45 minutes, starting at 6 AM. It’s about an hour’s ride to Daedunsan, the last stop on the route.
4. Namsan Tower
The trees at Namsan are their most vibrant in autumn in Seoul 2022 with shades of gold, vermillion, tangerine and ochre. The reason why the vast majority of couples travel to Namsan Tower is to put love locks on the fence located at the base of the tower. There are round mirrors placed methodically at every curve on your way to Namsan Tower where you can take a selfie with your significant other.
How to reach: From Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 3), take the free yellow and green, hourly shuttle bus service to Namsan Cable Car Station.
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5. The Royal Palaces
The city’s skyline stands in stark contrast to the beauty of Joseon-era architecture that is revealed at the Royal Palaces. It offers a resplendent view of the centuries-old landscape. Two royal palaces in Seoul, namely Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeonggung, are open to the public also at night from 7 PM to 10 PM, with various cultural programs such as concerts and plays being offered for visitors. Pansori, traditional Korean music, flows through the crisp autumn night.
How to reach: You can either take Seoul subway to Gyeongbokgung station (Exit 5) or Gwanghwamun station (Exit 2). The palace is at an 8-minutes walking distance from the subway stop.
6. Seoul Olympic Park
The rose gardens in Seoul Olympic Park attract travelers, especially couples, from far and wide every year in the month of autumn. It is an ideal spot for romantic dates. The most common query travelers have is: what to wear in autumn in Seoul? We suggest you to pack long sleeve tops that you can layer up with a light jacket or a warm sweater in case it gets chilly. What most people don’t know is that it is the legacy to the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Besides the state-of-art stadium facilities, the park is also known for its beautiful foliage scenes in spring and autumn.
How to reach: The cheapest way to get to Seoul Olympic Park is to take the subway. Olympic Park Station is a station on Seoul Subway Line 5 and Seoul Subway Line 9.
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7. Seoul Grand Park
Seoul Grand Park is one of the biggest amusement parks in Korea. It is located in the South part of Seoul. Its scenic beauty draws a huge number of tourists to Seoul in autumn. It is home to a zoo, amusement facilities, botanical gardens and forest parks. It rose garden looks brilliant in the fall and the foliage is simply beguiling.
How to reach: The most convenient way to get to Seoul Grand Park is to take the subway. Seoul Grand Park is a station on Line 4 of the Seoul Subway network.
If you don’t want to miss out on the brilliant colors of autumn in Seoul, make sure you spend enough time planning for a getaway to South Korea so that you’re able to tick off as many places as possible from our list. Go ahead and revel in the splendor of the changing seasons with your loved ones this year!
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