Let’s face it: Nature-tripping is not on top of everyone’s to-do list when visiting South Korea. More often than not, first-timers in the Korean Peninsula choose to go sightseeing in the capital Seoul, go shopping, and, of course, gorge on delicious local fare. But if you want to escape the ordinary, and experience something far more healing for a change, why not take an eco-tour in Korea?
Here, we break down five eco-tour routes you can check out on your visit to the Land of the Morning Calm:
Jirisan Mountain (Gyeongsangnam-do, Jeollanam-do, Jeollabuk-do)
Nature, indeed, speaks through colors in Jirisan Mountain. Admire the myriad of hues painted by various flora abundantly growing on the mountain at the Jirisan National Park. Best visited during fall, Jirisan Mountain will treat you to dramatic and scenic views wherever you look. And if you truly are a fan of the great outdoors, don’t miss hiking along the serene streams and waterfalls of Baemsagol Valley.
Located in Seongju, which is known as the “star village”—as its topography resembles that of a star—Seongbak Forest is perhaps best known for its lush atmosphere accentuated by sprays of pretty purple flowers that make for great photo backgrounds. Come in summer, when the fields of lilyturfs are in full bloom.
A place that has inspired some of Korea’s most esteemed poets and painters, Dumulmeori is widely known for its gorgeous natural surroundings. So much so that it consistently ranks in the top 100 spots to visit in the country, making it the representative tourist attraction in Yangpyeong. Dumulmeori, which can literally be translated as “where two waters meet,” is where the Namhangang River and Bukhangang River intersect and flow as one.
Take a day trip to Hallasan Mountain and Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff, and marvel at the natural beauty that Southern Jeju has to offer. Hike along the trail at Hallasan National Park and take in the majestic views as you ascend the highest peak in South Korea. If geological wonders fascinate you, don’t you dare miss Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff, which features jaw-dropping multi-angled stone pillars formed by an eruption of Mt. Hallasan.
Palgongsan Natural Park
Daegu’s most scenic spot to view fall foliage wraps up our shortlist of nature spots you should check out in Korea. This verdant mountain sheds its cool colors and flaunts fiery hues come autumn, which are best viewed on a cable car. You may also walk down the designated paths for a closer look at the seasonal stunners.