The Best Places to Visit in Autumn in Korea for Every Type of Traveler

Start planning your autumn trip now to take in all the best things Korea has to offer this fall!

During autumn in Korea, the leaves turn to brilliant fall colors and the air turns cool and crisp.

As the weather is a far cry from the sticky and humid summer, autumn is indeed one of the best times of the year to visit Korea.

For those planning to visit Korea in the autumn, we’ve picked out the perfect destinations for your trip based on what type of traveler you are!

1. Solo travelers – “Leaf-peeping adventure”


1) Korean National Parks

If you like traveling alone and challenge yourself to explore, head out to some of the most popular Korean national parks, Seoraksan National Park and Naejangsan National Park, where you can take in the breathtaking autumn foliage while hiking.

As for solo travelers, some of the biggest concerns are getting lost and the stress of planning a trip. Those who wish to take away the hassle out of their fall foliage trips, simply join this Korea Autumn Foliage 1 Day Tour.

2) World Cup Park

If you’re too lazy to leave the city and still want somewhere peaceful to explore on your own, head to the World Cup Park.

Built to commemorate the 17th FIFA World Cup in Korea, this park is made up of five smaller ones. Haneul Park is the most popular of them, with 22 lookout points offering stunning views of Seoul, Namsan, Bukhansan, and Gwanaksan Mountain. Best of all, it’s free!

If you want to know more about the best spots for autumn colors in Seoul, also read: The Best Fall Foliage Hotspots in Seoul for Your Instagram.

3) Gyeongju

Gyeongju is a coastal city in the far southeastern part of North Gyeongsang Province. Best known for its exquisitely well preserved historical heritage sites and vivid autumn foliage. Its stunning scenery of brown and red palettes make Gyeongju one of the most popular fall destinations. It’s perfect for the sole traveler who seeks to explore the history of Korea. We offer you a couple of tours to join and explore Gyeongju, click below for more details.

Gyeongju Autumn Foliage 1 Day / 2D1N Tour – from Seoul (Oct 30~Nov 9)

Gyeongju Autumn Foliage 1 Day Tour (Depart from Busan, Oct 24~Nov 4)

4) Mountains in Seoul – Mt. Bukhansan & Mt. Gwanaksan

If you are a hiking enthusiast, these mountains in Seoul are probably the best choices for you. Mt. Gwanaksan, which is located in southern Seoul, is one of the best spots to enjoy the extravagant view of southern Seoul and Lotte Tower. With the highest peak at 630m, its rocky valleys are perfect for beginner level rock climbers, or for people who have never rock climbed before.

Mt. Bukhansan on the other hand is for the more advanced hikers and rock climbers who are up for a challenge. Here, the highest peak is Baegundae peak, standing 840m above sea level where you can see as far as Hangang River. There are still many different peaks you can hike up on the way, depending on the different courses you can take.

We offer you a chance to hike and rock climb these mountains with our very own local host who will teach you how to rock climb and guide you on your hiking journey, so don’t worry if you’re new to rock climbing, because he’s there to help you!

Book a Hiking & Rock Climbing Tour of Mt. Gwanaksan/ Bukhansan from Seoul Today!

2. Couples – “Romantic Retreat”


1) Jeju Island

If you’re a couple, you’ll be happy to know that Korea is an absolute HEAVEN for couples. There are a bunch of romantic spots all over Korea. Jeju Island is one of them, with stunning autumn views that make it the perfect destination to enjoy a romantic vacation.

For a couple who want to comfortably explore the island, rent a car in Jeju Island! Or hop on the Jeju City Tour Bus, which is the most affordable option to get around Jeju!

2) Nami Island

Head off on a romantic excursion to Nami Island, or Namiseom, one of the most popular tourist attractions near Seoul! For its gorgeous scenery, this scenic island was used as a location for the hit Korean romance drama, “Winter Sonata” was filmed.

Bask in the nature and peacefulness of this beautiful venue by strolling around hand-in-hand along the tree-lined paths and exploring various museums, art galleries, and handicraft workshops. The Nami Island Shuttle Bus and Ticket Package will get you to and from the island with ease.

Check out more awesome Nami Island tours here!

3) Seoul Lantern Festival

Finally, for a romantic date night, check out the Seoul Lantern Festival. The lantern festival lights up the Cheonggyecheon Stream spanning 1.2 km. Perfect for taking a romantic stroll and taking cute selfies! You can also make lanterns and write on a new year’s wish paper, too!

4) Gyeongju Pink Muhly Field

Grab your partner and go on a romantic getaway to Korea’s largest pink muhly field! The feathery pink muhly will be in full bloom this autumn and Gyeongju is the best place to enjoy the stunning view. Explore the largest pink field around Cheomseongdae (the ancient astronomical observatory), drop by the Wolji pond and spend time in Gyeongju’s trendiest street. All these places are perfect for the traveling couple because there’s plenty of spots to snap an Instagram worthy photo! For more details, click the link below,

Gyeongju Pink Muhly Field 1 Day Tour from Seoul (Oct 14~31)

3. Family – “Fun-filled family day out”


1) Chuncheon City

If you’re looking to have some great family fun in Korea, look no further. Chuncheon, a lakeside city located about an hour away from Seoul is absolutely gorgeous during the fall.

Thanks to this Seoul Vicinity Tour 4 in 1 Package, your whole family can enjoy four of the most popular destinations in the area.

You can visit not only Nami island but also the rail bike at the Gangchon Rail Park, explore the lovely French style village called Petite France, and see fragrant flowers at the Garden of Morning Calm.

2) Gangwon Province

If you’re an active bunch and enjoy exploring nature trails, Seoraksan National Park and Naksansa Temple in Gangwon Province are great options.

Seoraksan National Park is one of Korea’s most beautiful places, home to Mount Seoraksan, the third highest mountain in South Korea. Here your family can see abundant wildlife, hot springs, rock formations, and ancient temples.

👉 Book Seoraksan Autumn Foliage 1 Day Tour from Seoul

👉 Book Seoraksan National Park Hiking Tour

Naksansa Temple is one of them, boasting a 1300-year history and serving as a place of prayer and meditation with pristine natural surroundings. It also offers a magnificent view over the East Sea.

👉 Book Seoraksan National Park & Naksansa Temple 1 Day Tour

3) Gyeongju Province

Gyeongju is the perfect place to spend quality time with your family. In the fall, the harmony of landmarks and autumn foliage create a picturesque scenery, attracting people from all over the world. These tours will let you escape the bustle of Seoul city and take you to the tranquil, golden city of autumn leaves and historical sites. There is more than one tour package for you to choose from, so if you want a family getaway, head over to Gyeongju!

Gyeongju City 1 Day Private Tour – from Gyeongju/Busan

Gyeongju Autumn Foliage 1 Day Tour (Depart from Busan, Oct 24~Nov 4)

Gyeongju Autumn Foliage 1 Day / 2D1N Tour – from Seoul (Oct 30~Nov 9)

4. Best friends – “Spook-tacular Halloween Fun”


1) Everland

October is the month of Halloween, which means it’s time to have some spooky fun!

Grab your squad and head over to Everland, the most popular and largest Korean theme park located near Seoul. During the Halloween season, Everland theme park offers a variety of horror-themed attractions, such as the live-action ‘horror maze’ and the haunted Horror Safari.

Get discount tickets to Everland theme park here.

2) Lotte World

If you’re short on time, visit Lotte World instead. Located within the city of Seoul, directly linked to Jamsil Subway Station, Lotte World offers an easy and convenient access for its guests.

At Lotte World, you and your friends can enjoy the ultimate zombie experience through VR zombie games and live-action zombie invasions during the Horror Halloween Season!

Discount tickets to Lotte World park are available here.

Whichever type of traveler you are or want to be, Korea has got something for you to enjoy doing!

So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Korea right now!

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Photo Credits
“Korea Andong Autumn scenery near Yeongnak Bridge” By Robert 
“Temple in Seoraksan National Park, South Korea” By Chris Campbell
“A couple walking in sunset silhouette” By Darin Kim
“Jeju Island” By MIN_Photo
“2013, 남이섬” By Thomas park 
“autumn trees” By Brian Yap 
“Buddha Statue Near Heundeulbawi – Seoraksan National Park” By Chris Campbell
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