Fall in Korea is the season of colorful beauty. With the change in climate comes change in the color of the leaves and flowers nationwide. Pick up your camera and head out to these recommended spots for enchanting photos that capture Korea’s auburn beauty.
Located near Korea’s popular theme park Lotte World, Seokchonhosu Lake is one of the most representative fall foliage attractions in Seoul. The lake is encircled by a promenade with trees that boast magnificent autumn colors. You can also take in the view of Lotte World Tower, the highest skyscraper in Korea, while strolling around the lake.
Haneul Park is a remote place to take pleasure in nature by the Hangang River. The area of Haneul Park was formerly a landfill which was transformed into a park to revive the natural ecosystem by the Hangang River. The park displays beautiful scenery all year round, but the sight of silver grass spreading across the wide open field is something else. Haneul Park is not only the perfect place to take in the scenery of downtown Seoul and the Hangang River, but also a great evening attraction.
Hwadam Botanic Garden is an eco-arboretum located by the mountains in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do. The forest was designed to preserve the environment as much as possible in consideration with the surrounding geographical features, offering the opportunity to find pleasure in nature. The forest has a gently sloping deck that follows the forest walking path for the comfort of one’s feet. Trees of over 400 species change in color from golden yellow to shades of red, creating a majestic scene. Chrysanthemums and other autumn flowers are a colorful addition to the serene beauty.
Hwadam Botanic Garden
The latest trending place in Korea is the hackberry tree that appeared in the Netflix hit drama series “Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022).” Dubbed “Woo Yeong-woo Hackberry Tree” after the drama, the tree can be found sitting atop a hill in a small town called Dongbu Village in Changwon. The tree’s vibrant green leaves in summer change to golden yellow in fall.
Dongbu Village in Changwon
Follow the Gokgyocheon Stream in Asan and you’ll soon meet a 2-kilometer stretch of road lined by hundreds of ginkgo trees on both sides. These ginkgo trees create a tunnel to provide shade in the summer, and turn golden yellow in fall. Visit around the time leaves start to fall and a carpet of bright yellow will spread out right before your feet.
Asan Ginkgo Tree Road
Nestled in Naejangsan National Park, Uhwajeong Pavilion is the perfect fall attraction to savor the beauty of autumn foliage at its peak. The blue tiled roof pavilion stands by a pond surrounded by a scenic forest, demonstrating a tranquil beauty often seen in landscape paintings. The reflection of the pavilion and the colorful leaves in the pond water adds to the overall charm.
Naejangsan Cable Car
A hyanggyo refers to educational institutions that taught the principles and values of Confucianism in the Joseon dynasty. Among the many hyanggyo buildings that remain until today, Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School is popular for its autumn scenery thanks to the stunning ginkgo tree that is over hundreds of years old. The harmony of the traditional building and the landmark tree portrays an enchanting beauty that can only be seen in Korea. Many Korean historical dramas were filmed here filmed here for that exact reason.
Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School
Located relatively close to Seoul in Yangju, Gyeonggi-do, Nari Farm is a popular destination for appreciating autumn flowers between September and October. Follow the walking path within the farm to see diverse flowers like pink muhly, amaranth, zinnia, and cosmos. Adorable photo booths are prepared along the way for taking memorable photos.
Taehwagang National Park comprises an area of 835,452 ㎡, formed around the Taehwagang River that passes through the central region of Ulsan. The park consists of gardens that focus on themes like ecology, bamboo trees, seasonal beauty, and the Rose of Sharon. In fall, autumn flowers like chrysanthemum, cosmos, and pink muhly decorate the floral garden. The main highlight of the park is the Simni Bamboo Forest. Stretching for approximately 4 kilometers, the evergreen bamboo forest pairs perfectly with the fall atmosphere for refreshing your body and mind. A visit to the bamboo forest in the evening offers a charming mood different from that of the day thanks to the night light that brightens the path.
Taehwagang National Park
Head to the charming island of Udo by Jeju Island to be greeted by waves of pink muhly. Udo Garden located near Sanho Beach is the rising fall destination thanks to the lovely pink waves that create a fascinating scene with the emerald waters and Jeju oreum (parasitic cones) hill tops in the background. The scenery and the atmosphere at Udo Island have charms of their own that are unique compared to the mainland.
Cheongnongwon Farm is a tourist attraction that comprises a botanic garden and a lodging facility renovated from an old hanok (traditional Korean house). The farm offers a pleasant scenery all year round with a pink muhly garden, a lavender garden, and a pine forest path. To take lovely photos with pink muhly in the back drop, make sure to visit in fall.
Known as the “kingdom of oreums,” Jeju has oreums (parasitic cones in Jeju dialect) scattered throughout the island. Among the hundreds of oreums that dot the island, Saebyeoloreum Parasitic Cone is a popular fall attraction for its silver grass field. The cone hill sways in colors of golden hue, while the foothills are occupied by pink muhly. The transition from gold to pink is quite a sight to behold.
Saebyeoloreum Parasitic Cone
* This column was last updated in September 2022, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.