An Ultimate Guide to Autumn in Korea: Fall Foliage Forecast 2017

Here’s your ultimate guide to autumn in Korea! Read on to find out when and where to see the beautiful autumn leaves across Korea.

Autumn in Korea

In Korea, autumn falls in the months of September, October and November.

Offering clear cool and crisp weather and the beautiful autumn foliage, autumn is the best time to visit Korea.

The best times to see the autumn leaves in Korea are October and November, but the peak season only lasts up to two weeks.

So if you don’t want to miss out on incredible fall colors in Korea, it is best to plan your leaf-peeping getaway early!

Autumn in Korea – Weather & What to Wear

Hikers enjoying the beautiful fall foliage.

| Weather: Mostly sunny with warm afternoon highs. Huge difference in day and night temperatures.

| Temperatures:

  • September – Average 20°C (68°F); High 26°C (78°F); Low 15°C (59°F)
  • October – Average 13°C (55°F); High 19°C (66°F); Low 7°C (44°F)
  • November  – Average 5°C (41°F); High 11°C (51°F); Low 0°C (32°F)

Check the weather forecast regularly for accurate weather information and indication of rain.

| What to wear: A warm, lightweight jacket, or thick winter coat (in November), boots, long-sleeved T-shirts or sweatshirts, cardigans, thick socks, and an umbrella in case of rain.

Dress in multiple layers for changing temperatures.

2017 Korea Fall Foliage Map & Forecast

Typically, Korea’s autumn foliage season starts from mid-September to mid-November and reaches its peak usually after two weeks.

According to the forecast, this year’s autumn foliage season will arrive 2 or 3 days later than usual.

In 2017, the first autumn foliage will start in the northeast regions, at Seoraksan National Park around September 27, followed by the central and southwest regions around mid-October. The autumn foliage will arrive in the southern regions between mid-October and early November.

In Seoul, the autumn foliage usually reaches its peak in early November.

Mountain First Foliage Peak Foliage
Seoraksan National Park September 27 October 19
Jirisan National Park October 12 October 24
Naejangsan National Park October 20 November 8
Odaesan National Park October 1 October 17
Daedunsan Provincial Park October 15 October 27
Songnisan National Park October 12 October 25
Deogyusan National Park October 13 October 27
Juwangsan National Park October 13 October 29
Gayasan National Park October 13 October 30
Bukhansan National Park October 15 October 29
Hallasan National Park October 17 October 31

*Foliage forecast information provided by Kweather (Korea Meteorological Administration) and 153weather.

Top 5 Autumn Foliage Destinations in Korea

One of the best ways to experience autumn foliage in Korea is through hiking. Korean mountains and national parks offer spectacular fall foliage and worthwhile hiking experiences.

Here’s our pick of the 5 best destinations for fall foliage viewing and hiking.

Take a closer look at each destination below and start planning your trip!

1. Seoraksan National Park

▲ Best time to see the autumn foliage: Mid-October ~ Early November

▲ Where: Sokcho, Gangwon-do (northeast of Korea)

Seoraksan National Park, Gangwondo, Korea

Seoraksan National Park, home to the third highest mountain in Korea, Seoraksan, is the first place to see the autumn foliage.

Blessed with dramatic mountain peaks, unique rock formations and gorgeous valleys, Seoraksan is stunning year-round, but the autumn views are truly spectacular.

By mid-October, most of the hiking trails should be covered in deep reds and yellow leaves at Seoraksan National Park.

| Sign up for a day trip from Seoul to Seoraksan National Park 

2. Naejangsan National Park

▲ Best time to see the autumn foliage: Late-October ~ Mid-November

▲ Where: Jeong-eup, Jeolla-do (southwest of Korea)

Naejangsan National Park, Jeollado, Korea

Another popular autumn foliage destination in Korea is Naejangsan National Park. The park is particularly famous for its vivid crimson foliage, 600-year-old nutmeg trees and waterfalls.

There are two famous Buddhist temples at Naejangsan National Park, Baekyangsa Temple and Naejangsa Temple.

The tree-lined path from the Hiking Information Center to Naejangsa Temple, densely packed with 108 trees, offers a breathtaking canopy of colorful autumn leaves!

Sign up for a day trip from Seoul to Naejangsan National Park

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3. Jirisan National Park

▲ Best time to see the autumn foliage: Mid-October ~ Early November

▲ Where: Namwon, Jeolla-do (southwest of Korea)

Jirisan National Park, Jeollado, Korea

Looking for a leaf-peeping getaway from Busan? Head out to Jirisan National Park, Korea’s oldest and biggest national park, home to the second tallest mountain in South Korea, Jirisan (1915m).

Famous for its wild beauty and vibrant fall colors, Jirisan National Park is one of the most popular foliage destinations near Busan. The drive from Busan to Jirisan takes about 2 hours, which is close enough for a day trip. 

One of the best viewing spots in Jirisan is the Baemsagol Valley, a 9-km long valley with small streams and rock beds set against a backdrop of vibrant fall colors.

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4. Odaesan National Park

▲ Best time to see the autumn foliage: Mid-October ~ Early November

▲ Where: Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do (northeast of Korea)

Odaesan National Park, Gangwondo, Korea

Known for its beautiful thick forest of fir trees, Odaesan National Park was used as a location of the hit Korean drama, “Goblin,” starred by Gong Yoo and Kim Go-eun
The nearby Woljeongsa Buddhist Temple, located in the valley east of Mount Odaesan, founded in 643, is another stunning site to take in the autumn foliage.

Sign up for a day trip from Seoul to Odaesan National Park

5. Daedunsan Provincial Park

▲ Best time to see the autumn foliage: Mid-October ~ Early November

▲ Where: Nonsan, Chungcheongnam-do (central Korea) & Wanju, Jeollabuk-do (southwest of Korea)

Daedunsan Provincial Park, Chungcheongdo, Korea

Daedunsan, at 878 meters, is known for its steep and rocky landscapes.

The main attraction at Daedunsan Mountain is a hair-raising Suspension Bridge (Geumgang Gureumdari), which hangs over a deep ravine 300 meters above sea level. Cross it if you dare! We can assure you that it’ll add an element of thrill and excitement to your hiking.

If you are not a fan of hiking, you can opt for the cable car instead. From the cable car, you can appreciate a sea of blazing maples in Daedunsan National Park.

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More Places to Catch Autumn Foliage in Korea

Click on each destination for more info!

If hiking isn’t your thing and you want to see the autumn leaves in Seoul, check out our Autumn foliage 1 Day tour for Seoul and vicinity.

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Photo Credits
dyonis Climbing toward Daecheongbong via photopin (license)
By SEUNGMIN WOO (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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  1. Hi, since based on the forecast, Naejangsan’s peak fall foliage will be on the 8th Nov, is it still possible to catch autumn by mid-november probably by Nov 15-19?
    We will be late for the autumn and we cant do anything about that schedule 🙁 so we are hoping atleast to see orange leaves around Naejangsan area on our travel date (Nov 15-20)
    Thank you so much~

    1. Hello samgyupgirl! It will be best for you to visit around November 8 for the full foliage, but you will still be able to see them around mid-November since the foliage lasts up to 2 week. Last year, our crew visited on November 16 and we were able to catch the fall foliage. If you are interested in visiting Naejangsan National Park, you may want to check out our previous post about our fall foliage trip to Naejangsan National Park here: Hope this information helps!

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