Fall is the perfect time to trade the dull office grey for the bright colours of the province. Drink in the autumn air and add some colour to your life (and Instagram feed) and spend the day touring and hiking Korea’s National Parks. Here’s a quick list of places to go and things to do in Korea this fall season!
Naejangsan National Park: Go Hiking
If you’ve only got a day outside of Seoul, go here. Mt. Naejangsan, which loosely translates to ‘many secrets in the mountain’, is a year-round natural marvel, but it’s especially lovely in the fall.
The cool autumn weather makes for a perfect day of hiking, where you can uncover the park’s hidden wonders. Across its spider web of trails, you’ll stumble upon myth-like waterfalls, sacred temples, and lush forests. Take the park’s cable car and marvel a the autumn carpet of reds and orange from above.
Seoraksan National Park: Take in Majestic Scenery
At Mt. Seorak (from ‘Seol’ meaning ‘snow’ and ‘Ak’ meaning ‘big mountain’), fall and winter meet early to give visitors a breathtaking view: brightly-colored leaves littering powder-white snow, with crystal clear ponds and streams cutting through.
In 1965, Seorak Mountain was designated a Natural Monument by the Korean government and in 1982, a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO.
Everywhere you turn, the park is filled with odd rock formations, dense forests and interesting wildlife. Enjoy the fall afternoon with your friends and family with a picnic of homemade goodies and a bottle of meoruju, a traditional wild fruit wine.
Daedunsan National Park: Ride a Cable Car to the Top
What makes Daedunsan National Park particularly enchanting in the fall is the bare mountain. Rising from the lush forest is the overwhelming bareness of Mt. Daedun The craggy, stony cliffs are a stark contrast to the warm hues of the trees.
Drink in the autumn atmosphere when you take a cable car ride to the mountain peak. Our advice? Try to ride the cable car in the late afternoon, just as the sun sets and the sky turns the same color as the leaves.
For a truly rare sight this autumn, head to Korea’s Gingko Forest this October. For most of the year, the forest is closed off to tourists and visitors. But for around three weeks, the park opens to the public. catch rows of some 2,000 Gingko trees turn into a brilliant golden yellow.
After exploring the yellow forest, sit down with your friends and family for some afternoon tea at the Millennium Tea House.
Who could forget the tragic love affair between Kim Shin and Ji Eun-tak? The hit Korean Drama, ‘Goblin: The Great and Lonely God’ took us on a roller coaster of emotions. The show was shot all over Korea (and you can visit those spots with KKday!), including Odaesan National Park. Even during the quiet moments where they stroll through the autumn leaves, our hearts were reeling.
Stroll through the fir tree paths, just like Goblin and his bride. Even if you aren’t a fan of the Kdrama, the fall leaves of Odaesan National Park are sure to bring out your inner romantic.
Korea is full of post-card ready landscapes and scenery; it would be a shame if you spend the season locked away in your house of office. Book your fall adventure with us today!
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