As temperatures cool, Korea becomes painted in warm tones and autumn foliage becomes the most notable attraction. Another lesser known sign of the seasonal change is eoksae (Korean for 'silver grass') turning a beautiful silvery color.
The large, iridescent tassel-like plumes standing tall are truly one of nature's many wonders! Swaying and dancing in the breeze, eoksae dramatically transform the many mountains and hilltops throughout the nation. Read on for a list of the destinations sure to present you with gorgeous views adorned with silver grass.
Sitting on the border shared by Pocheon in Gyeonggi-do and Cheorwon in Gangwon-do, Myeongseongsan Mountain offers expansive views of the beautiful Sanjeong Lake along its hiking trails. Falling on the second week of October, the annual Silver Grass Festival takes place around the Myeongseongsan Mountain and Sanjeong Lake areas. During the festival period, the most popular hiking trail is the one connecting Sanjeong Lake tourist area and Myeongseongsan Mountain.
Mindungsan Mountain is often called "Eoksaesan" or "Silver Grass Mountain" due to its vast silver grass fields that are nestled among forested areas. The hiking trails along Mindungsan's gentle slopes make for a leisurely climb that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Oseosan Mountain is located in the Chungcheongnam-do coastal region of Hongseong-gun, which is famous for its jeotgal (salted seafood). The mountain hiking trail begins at the end of the road connecting Sangdammaeul Village in Gwangcheon-eup and Jeongamsa Temple.
Nearly two kilometers of the area surrounding the summit are entirely covered with silver grass, while the summit offers a panoramic view of the surrounding plains leading to the expansive blue ocean, dotted with tiny islands.
Photo courtesy of Miryang-si
Silver grass abounds on Jaeyaksan Mountain. Sajapyeong Plain spans a notable 4,132,200 square meters on the southeastern slope of the mountain, and is one of the largest silver grass plains in Korea. The hike up to Sajapyeong Plain and Sajabong Peak on Jaeyaksan Mountain takes five to six hours.
Situated on the slopes of Sinbulsan Mountain, Sinbulpyeongwon Plain boasts a large silver grass field. It takes about an hour to cross the entire field. A unique point about the silver grass on Sinbulsan Mountain is that it does not grow very tall, offering an undisturbed view of the field.
Cheongwansan Mountain is famous for its hiking trails with fantastic views of the South Sea archipelago, as well as for its high rising rocks. Cheongwansan Mountain is regarded as one of the Five Major Honam (Jeollabuk-do and Jeollanam-do) Region Mountains, the other four being Jirisan Mountain, Wolchulsan Mountain, Naejangsan Mountain and Naebyeonsan Mountain. In autumn, the annual silver grass festival (Cheongwansan Eulalia Festival) takes place at the vast silver grass plain on the summit of Cheongwansan Mountain.
* This column was last updated in July 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
<Last updated on July 28, 2015>