Autumn has come to Korea, and the season you can view the autumn foliage is just around the corner! In other words, it’s time for all over in Korea to change its clothes to colorful ones. Streets and mountains in Korea will get dyed red, yellow, and crimson in autumn since the Korean Peninsula belongs to the temperate climate regions. This is the introduction of some autumn foliage day trips which you can easily depart from Seoul, to spot the best scenery. If you would like to be absorbed in the feast of beautiful autumn foliage, keep reading this post!
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Major Places in the Vicinity of Seoul
1. Nami Island
Located within two hours by car from Seoul, Nami Island is a perfect destination for a one-day trip from Seoul leaving the bustle of the city behind. Because there are many things to enjoy, it is one of the most beloved places for Korean people and travelers. The tree-lined paths are popular and distinctive, which are pine tree lane, ginkgo tree lane, and metasequoia(dawn redwood) lane. Especially at the last two lanes, you will surely notice the autumn has already approached!
2. Petite France
Travelers who have come to Nami Island usually visit Petite France, too. Situated slightly south of Nami Island, it is an exotic cultural village that claims to be a French-themed place. Therefore, you’ll see French-styled houses and cute little buildings inside the village. In addition, you can view the Cheongpyeong Lake, which harmonizes with reddish autumn foliage. Hence, it is no wonder that Petite France is well known for numerous photo zones!
3. The Garden of Morning Calm
Other than those two destinations, there is one more place! It is the Garden of Morning Calm. The name has quite an implication, right? It is a tranquil arboretum perfect for those who go for nature. You can have relaxing and peaceful moments while welcoming the autumn foliage with five senses. Appreciate various kinds of plants including the typical trees of autumn in Korea — maple trees and ginkgo trees.
4. Gangchon Rail Bike
Gangchon Rail Bike is one of the best places to enjoy the distinct four seasons in Korea. If you want to have a special experience of appreciating the autumn foliage while riding on the rail bike, do not hesitate to visit Gangchon Rail Bike. You can either buy a ticket or easily get there by joining a Nami Island special tour.
- Book Autumn Foliage Special Nami Island Shuttle Bus from Seoul (~Nov 8)
- Join Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm/Petite France 1 Day Tour
- 3 in 1 Tour: Nami Island & Petite France & Garden of Morning Calm
- Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Bike & Garden of Morning Calm/Petite France 1 Day Tour
To top it off, plenty of places are all suitable for appreciating the season and nature if you duly meet the period. With the tours below, you will arrive in two to three places chosen from Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi Province. They are the typical neighboring regions of Seoul.
1.Seoraksan National Park
Seoraksan Mountain in Seoraksan National Park which forms the backbone of Korea’s central mountain range is the third-highest mountain in South Korea. As the National Park is full of things worth seeing, like rock cliffs, valleys, waterfalls, and even temples, it is one of the popular destinations for a day trip from Seoul.
- Autumn Foliage Special Seoraksan Shuttle Bus Tour from Seoul (Oct 23~25)
- Seoraksan National Park Hiking Tour (Private/Join-in)
- Seoraksan National Park Autumn/Fall Foliage & Wondae-ri Birch Tree Forest 1 Day Tour (Cancelled in 2020)
- Autumn/Fall Foliage 1 Day Tour to Seoraksan National Park ( Cancelled in 2020)
2. Naejangsan National Park
Located in the Jeolla Province of Korea, Naejangsan National Park has gorgeous views everywhere! It has always been selected as an autumn must-visit destination. It is said to have a longer period of autumn foliage compared to other destinations. Moreover, its Korean name means endless scenic wonders! So, why not visit there and find your number-one view of autumn foliage?
- Naejangsan Mountain Autumn/Fall Foliage & Jeonju Hanok Village 1 Day Tour
- Autumn/Fall Foliage 1 Day Tour to Naejangsan National Park (Cancelled in 2020)
3. Odaesan National Park
Located in the Gangwon Province, Odaesan National Park is a historic site as well as a site of high ecological value. The archives which housed the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty were in Odaesan Mountain. Also, it is a dense forest with diverse plants and animals. Above all, in autumn, you will receive healing energy from the sound of stream water and brilliant autumn foliage.
4. Songnisan National Park
As the Songnisan National Park has amazing views along with numerous ridges and peaks of rocks, people called it ‘small Diamond Mountain’ after the original one in North Korea. Based on granite, sedimentary rocks are mixed all over the mountains. Come visit the vivid and craggy mountains in Korea!
5. Daedunsan Provincial Park
In the Daedunsan Provincial Park, rocks and tall trees blend together in all directions creating a grandeur. Further, cable cars and Geumgang Cloud Bridge were installed, accommodating travelers’ needs. The best merit is that it is well equipped with hiking trails which help people to climb.
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