Cool temperatures and colors change from the vibrant greens of summer to a rich palette of red, orange and yellow, signaling the arrival of autumn. Though numerous areas across Korea offer brilliant displays of autumn leaves, the mountains are still considered the quintessential destination. This year, the leaves are expected to change color around September 30 at Seoraksan Mountain and spread southwards across the central and southern parts of Korea. Fall foliage generally reaches its peak in two weeks from the time the leaves begin to change, meaning this year’s peak foliage is expected to hit the central region around late October, and the southern region around early November. This is when locals typically hit the road to revel in the splendor of the changing of the seasons.
Autumn is also the season of silver grass. The grass, with its millions of plumes, creates the illusion of gentle silver waves on vast open fields. Some of the most popular silver grass sites are Myeongseongsan Mountain in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do; Mindungsan Mountain in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do; Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park (Field of Reeds) in Jeollanam-do; Cheongwansan Mountain in Jangheung, Jeollanam-do and Oseosan Mountain in Hongseong, Chungcheongnam-do.
In Korea, the brisk autumn weather also draws travelers to the cozy hot springs areas. With its refreshing temperatures, autumn is the perfect time to soak in the hot springs and ease life’s troubles away. Throughout Korea, there are a host of hot springs facilities of all different shapes and sizes. If you have not done so already, visit a hot springs area for a relaxing day sure to provide both physical and mental rejuvenation. Of course, autumn is also the season of the harvest. Many farms offer hands-on experience programs that allow visitors to pick ripe fruits and nuts such as chestnuts, apples and persimmons. Not a big fan of fruits, veggies, nuts or legumes? Visit the coast and taste seasonal catches of gizzard shad, prawns or scaled sardines.