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Korea Tourism Promotional Video: Miss Flower - An Autumn Romance

Korea Tourism Promotional Video: Miss Flower - An Autumn Romance

The romantic “Miss Flower” video series shows a love story that unfolds against the backdrop of tree-lined rural roads, fields of flowers, and other major nature-themed destinations in Korea. The Miss Flower series is comprised of short films that each feature the distinct seasons of Korea through a storytelling format, woven together with picturesque images of flowers. Each of the four episodes presents a love story that takes place in a particular season, and the videos combine into one interconnected story. The fall episode features scenes and photos of an array of autumn flowers taken by professional photographers along with information on the flowers’ blooming period and filming locations. The background music complements the scenery, and was created by music director Han Ju-heon, who also created the soundtracks of well-known Korean movies including “Christmas in August” and “One Fine Spring Day.”

“Miss Flower – Fall” features the cosmos and buckwheat flowers of Hadong-gun in Gyeongsangnam-do, the silver grass of Sinbulsan Mountain in Ulsan, the lycoris and the sunflowers of Seonunsa Buddhist Temple in Gochang, Jeollabuk-do, the maple trees of Naejangsan Mountain and the Siberian Chrysanthemum in Jeongeup, Jeollabuk-do, and the ginkgo trees of Hongcheon in Gangwon-do. The Miss Flower video series opened with its spring-themed video, followed by summer, fall, and winter chapters, and can be accessed via the links below.

Miss Flower Video Links
Spring / Summer / Fall / Winter

Korea’s fall offers the most clear and crisp weather of the year. The high autumn sky and refreshing air are a perfect occasion for enjoying a stroll or going on a hike. It is also a season abundant in fruit and other crops. A wide variety of major fall plants such as maple and ginkgo trees, chrysanthemums, and cosmos flowers are integral aspects of the autumn atmosphere. Take a trip to one of the locations introduced in this article to take in the beautiful fall colors of Korea!

Jeongeup, Jeollabuk-do

Siberian Chrysanthemum of Siberian Chrysanthemum Theme Park

Located at Okjeongho Lake in Jeongeup, Jeollabuk-do, Siberian Chrysanthemum Theme Park is a popular fall travel destination. Okjeongho Lake is all the more attractive because of its serenity that marks a welcome contrast to bustling cities, and the generosity of the local people, who still live a simple, time-honored lifestyle in many respects. The lake is surrounded by clear valleys and an impressive natural environment, which includes Korea’s largest Siberian Chrysanthemum hill, located by the pine forests. In early October, the annual Siberian Chrysanthemum Festival takes place to offer a range of activities and events related to this autumn flower. Visitors can enjoy a romantic fall getaway while strolling along the walking path among a field of picturesque purple Siberian Chrysanthemum blossoms.

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Maple Trees of Naejangsan National Park

Spanning across the Jeongeup, Sunchang, and Jangseong-gun areas in Jeollabuk-do, Naejangsan National Park is a bustling autumn tourist destination due to its spectacular fall foliage. The maple leaves of Naejangsan Mountain are characteristically small, delicate, and rich in color, and also go by the name “baby danpung (maple)” for they are said to resemble a baby’s palm. The mountain is covered with crimson and yellow maple leaves during this time of year. The scenery unfolds at the maple tree tunnel connecting the parking lot to Naejangsa Temple. From the Naejangsan Mountain ticket office, walk past Uhwajeong Pavilion to reach Iljumun Gate, from which the mountain’s most famous maple tunnel leads to the entrance of Naejangsa Temple. A large number of visitors flock to this area during late October and early November, so those that wish to avoid crowds should visit the mountain on weekdays during this period.

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Lycoris of Seonunsa Temple

Gochang, Jeollabuk-do

Lycoris starts to bloom in mid-September and its foliage appears once the flowers fall off. Seonunsa Temple in Gochang has one of the most extensive colonies of lycoris Korea, along with Bulgapsa Temple in Yeonggwang, and Yongcheonsa Temple in Hampyeong. Unlike the soft colors of lotus flowers, the brilliant reds of lycoris may not seem fitting for temple grounds, so why is it that they are often found at Korean temples? This is because of the poison contained in the root of the lycoris that is strong enough to bring down an elephant. While the lycoris root was used in making poisonous arrows for elephant hunting in India, it has been used to preserve the Buddhist temples and drawings in Korea. Applying the lycoris poison on dancheong (traditional multicolored paintwork on wooden buildings) and portraits of Buddha is said to keep insects away. The lycoris at Seonunsa Temple is especially famous for its flowers along the clear waters of Dosolcheon Stream, on which the bright red blossoms cast a charming reflection. The largest lycoris field of Seonunsan Temple is located across the stream from the ticket office. The walking trail created amid lycoris flowers allows visitors to stroll along the flower path and take pictures.

Hadong, Gyeongsangnam-do

Buckwheat & Cosmos of Bukcheon

In the fall, sightseers across the nation come to visit the vast cosmos and buckwheat flower field spanning over 400,000 square meters in Bukcheon-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do. The peaceful rural village’s blue autumn sky creates a stunning contrast against the powder pink cosmos blossoms and the white buckwheat flowers. Every fall, the Bukcheon Cosmos and Buckwheat Festival takes place here. A range of flower-themed events including exhibitions, hands-on programs, and music concerts are staged outdoors in the natural environment amidst the flower field. Located about 200 meters away from the flower field is a small countryside station called Bukcheon Cosmos Station. Hence, visitors can get to the festival venue on a romantic train journey along the Gyeongjeonseon Railway Line that connects the southern cities of Busan, Jinju, Bukcheon, and Suncheon.

Ulsan, Gyeongsangnam-do

Silver Grass of Sinbulsan Mountain

Famous for its tufts of silver grass, Sinbulsan Mountain in Ulsan offers spectacular views of the golden fields of silver grass stretching across the mountain, near the peak. The expansive field of the fine, picturesque silver grass on Sinbulsan Mountain fully evokes the fall season. The scenic mountain landscapes are especially charming in October when the silver grass is in full bloom. The annual silver grass festival is also held during this period. Although the silver grass blooms around the same time as the maple trees, silver grass lasts longer, up until November. The early morning or the evening hours are best for witnessing Korea’s beautiful autumn in the golden silver grass field set against the backdrop of the infinite blue sky.

Hongcheon, Gangwon-do

Ginkgo Tree Forest in Gwangwon-ri, Nae-myeon

The ginkgo tree forest in Nae-myeon, Hongcheon, Gangwon-do, which had been strictly closed to the public for 25 years starting in 1985, has been allowing free admission during a designated 20-day period in October since 2010. Located at the far eastern end of Hongcheon County, the ginkgo tree forest is lined with around 2,000 ginkgo trees planted at intervals of 5 meters without any other tree species. During the fall, the ginkgo leaves turn yellow and create unforgettable scenery. In the vicinity is Sambong Mineral Spring, a popular tourist destination in Hongcheon. Around the ginkgo tree forest, visitors can sample local specialties and regional dishes sold by local residents.

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Date 10/16/2013



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