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5 Best places for Autumn Season in Korea

  1. What is special in Autumn season in Korea?

There are many reasons why you should visit Korea between September and November. The colorful turning leaves are accompanied by amazing weather. Temperatures are optimal at this time, allowing you to explore in comfort. While you can’t go wrong when choosing the month of your trip, there are slight differences in the autumn months.

Weather in Korea in September: September in Korea is generally sunny and clear. Temperatures vary between 17°C and 25°C, so you will enjoy a fresh morning and a pleasant afternoon.

Weather in Korea in October: October tends to be a bit chillier but still very comfortable. Temperatures are generally between 14°C and 21°C, allowing you to get cozy in a knit sweater and a pair of loafers.

Weather in Korea in November: November is the least warm month during this season, but still quite nice for traveling! You will enjoy a crisp morning and sunny midday. Temperatures tend to be between 9°C and 16°C. Days are sunny or partly cloudy and it doesn’t rain very often.

2. 5 Most unique places to visit during autumn in Korea.

(1) Seoraksan Moutain

When it comes to autumn destinations, the first mountain that comes to mind for most is Seoraksan Mountain. A feast for the eyes throughout the year, rich colors make Seoraksan the main attraction in autumn. The most popular route to see the view of the East Sea, Sokcho, and Daecheongbong Peak is the Ulsanbawi Rock Course, whereas the best places to enjoy the leaves are at Cheonbuldong Valley, Osaek Mineral Spring, Osaek Jujeongol, and Baekdam Valley.

Address: 1085, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea

(2) Changdeokgung Palace
(especially, Secret garden in the palace)

While you’re free to wander around the grounds of Changdeokgung Palace in autumn solo, a visit to the Secret Garden requires a guided tour. It’s something you definitely don’t want to miss during this season because the autumn foliage is undeniably epic.

You can get tickets for the Secret Garden tour and Changdeokgung in autumn by booking tickets in advance online, getting them in person on-site, or by joining a group tour.

Huwon Secret Garden is a rear garden at the palace that flows naturally with nature and was used as a place of leisure by members of the royal family. The garden, which has also been known as Bukwon, Geumwon, and Biwon. At 78 acres, the garden takes up about sixty percent of the palace grounds.

Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

(3) Nami island

Nami Island, with a concept of “Fairy Tale Village and Song Village” provide various cultural events, concerts, exhibitions and more to give children dreams and hopes, couples love and memories, and artists a space for creativity. Main facilities include Song Museum, Picture Book Playground, Whatever Center, Art Shop, UNICEF Hall, Together Park, UNICEF Train, and Story Tour Bus. Restaurants provide delicious food and Hotel Jeonggwanru has themed accommodations.

Address: 1 Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do

(4) Wolji Pond in Gyeongju national park

Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond was a secondary palace used by the crown prince of the Silla Kingdom. It also served as a banquet site for important national events and important visitors. The pond was created in 674, during the reign of King Munmu. The pond features three small islands and a landscape of 12 small hills to the northeast. After the fall of Silla, the site was abandoned and forgotten. The pond was referred to as “Anapji” from the Goryeo and Joseon periods and onwards. In the 1980s, a pottery fragment with the letters “Wolji” (a pond that reflects the moon) carved onto it was found, revealing the true name of the pond. After the discovery, the site was renamed to the current Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

For more information : https://gyeongju.museum.go.kr/eng/

Address: 102, Wonhwa-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

(5) Olympic Park

Olympic Park is an impressive leisure facility in which historic remains from the Baekje Era share space with modern, state-of-the-art sports stadiums, an eco-friendly forest, and spacious grass fields. The legacy of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the park not only houses the country’s largest sports arena but has also become a place where Seoul residents come to relax and unwind.

Spread across approximately 1.45 million square meters, Olympic Park encompasses the land that was once Mongchontoseong Fortress and Mongchonhaeja (manmade lake) from the early Baekje period. The park is divided into several zones, including a leisure sports park, a cultural art park, an eco-park, and the History Experience Park dedicated to the area’s rich historic heritage.

Because Olympic Park is so large and takes over three hours to explore, visitors are advised to familiarize themselves with entrances and exits and travel routes before they start. To further save time, visitors can ride the Road Train (“Hodori Train”) located next to Peace Square.

Address: 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul