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4 Autumn Adventures to Experience Fall in Korea’s National Parks

Fall in Korea: Naejangsan National Park

Experience the bright colors of fall in Korea. Head out on a autumn adventure to drink in the crisp, fall air and add some color to your life (and of course your Instagram feed). Spend the day touring and hiking Korea’s National Parks. Whether you’re escaping the city on a day trip from Seoul or hoping to get back to basics in nature, here’s a quick list of places to go and things to do in Korea this fall season!

Take a look at these 4 autumn adventures to experience fall in Korea:

1. Go Hiking in Naejangsan National Park

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.

Fall in Korea: Naejangsan National Park
Fall in Korea: Naejangsan National Park

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.

Fall in Korea: Naejangsan National Park
Fall in Korea: Naejangsan National Park

But for a truly spectacular view, take the park’s cable car and marvel a the autumn carpet of reds and orange from above.

Fall in Korea: Naejangsan National Park Cable Car Ride
Fall in Korea: Naejangsan National Park Cable Car Ride

 

2. Enjoy a Picnic at Seoraksan National Park

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.

Fall in Korea: Seoraksan Park
[/media-credit] Fall in Korea: Seoraksan Park
Fall in Korea: Seoraksan National Park
Fall in Korea: Seoraksan National Park

In 1965, Seorak Mountain was designated a Natural Monument by the Korean government and in 1982, a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO.

Fall in Korea: Seoraksan National Park
Fall in Korea: Seoraksan National Park

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.

 

3. Ride a Cable Car up to the Top of Daedunsan National Park

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.

Fall in Korea: Daedunsan National Park
Fall in Korea: Daedunsan National Park
Korea: Daedunsan National Park
Fall in Korea: Daedunsan National Park

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.

Fall in Korea: Daedunsan National Park Cable Car Ride
Fall in Korea: Daedunsan National Park Cable Car Ride

 

4. Recreate your Favorite K-Drama Scenes at Odaesan National Park

Fans of the K-drama ‘Goblin’ will recognize the picturesque setting of Odaesan National Park. Who could never forget the tragic love affair between characters Kim Shin and Ji Eun-tak? The hit Korean Drama, ‘Goblin: The Great and Lonely God’ took us on a roller coaster of emotions. Even during the quiet moments where they stroll through the autumn leaves, our hearts were reeling.

Fall in Korea: Odaesan National Park
Fall in Korea: Odaesan National Park

Wander along the fir tree-lined paths, just like Goblin and his bride. We’re sure even non-fans will appreciate the fall leaves of Odaesan National Park.

Fall in Korea: Odaesan National Park
Fall in Korea: Odaesan National Park

Don’t miss your chance to see the autumn leaves of Korea’s fall season. Take in the scenic views at one of Korea’s many national parks. Go on an adventure this autumn and fall in love with Korea!

 
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