Fields of Silver Grass to Visit this Autumn

by Korea Tourism Organization
Korea Tourism Organization

Silver grass turn a beautiful silvery color in autumn. Their large, feathery and iridescent tassel-like plumes stand tall above the arching foliage and dramatically transform the landscape, swaying and dancing in the breeze. Silver grass ("eoksae" in Korean) are found on mountains and in fields while reeds (“galdae” in Korean) are frequently found on riverside and wetlands. Mountains known for silver grass include Myeongseongsan Mountain in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do; Mindungsan Mountain in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do; Cheongwansan Mountain in Jangheung, Jeollanam-do; and Oseosan Mountain in Hongseong, Chungcheongnam-do. When it comes to reeds, Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park (Field of Reeds) in Jeollanam-do is one of the the most well-known destinations.

Myeongseongsan Mountain (명성산) in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do

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. In 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.

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Myeongseongsan Mountain
☞ Transportation
• Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (동서울종합버스터미널) → Uncheon Intercity Bus Terminal (운천시외버스터미널)
(Bus schedule: First bus 06:00, Last bus 21:40 / Travel time: approx. 2 hr / Fare: 9,200 won)
• In front of Uncheon Intercity Bus Terminal → Take Bus 138-6 (Bus schedule: approx. 1-hour intervals / First bus 06:25, Last bus 22:10) → Get off at Sanjeong Lake & Parking Lot stop (Travel time: approx. 40 min)
☞ Nearby Attractions
Sanjeong Lake
Hangaone (Hangwa Culture Museum)
Jainsa Temple

Mindungsan Mountain (민둥산) in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do

Mindungsan Mountain is often called “Eoksaesan (억새산)” 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.

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Mindungsan Mountain (Gangwon)
☞ Transportation
• Cheongnyangni Station (청량리역) → Mindungsan Station (민둥산역)
(Train schedule: First train 07:05, Last train 23:25 / Travel time: 3 hr ~ 3 hr 30 min / Fare: 13,100 – 13,700 won (17,200 – 24,000 won for O-Train))
☞ Nearby Attractions
Molundae Cliff (Jeongseon)
Hwaam Tourist Attractions
Sogeumgang River (Jeongseon)

Oseosan Mountain (오서산) in Hongseong, Chungcheongnam-do

Oseosan Mountain (790m) is located in the Chungcheongnam-do seaside town 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. Around two kilometers of the area surrounding the summit is entirely covered with silver grass, while the summit offers a panoramic view of the surrounding coastal plains and the expansive blue ocean strewn with tiny islands.

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Oseosan Mountain
☞ Transportation
Yongsan Station (용산역) → Gwangcheon Station (광천역)
Train schedule: First train 05:35, Last train 20:35)
- Saemaeulho Line (Travel time: 2 hr 10 min / Fare: 14,800 won)
- Mugunghwaho Line (Travel time: 2 hr 30 min / Fare: 9,900 won)
• Gwangcheon Station → Gwangcheon Intercity Bus Terminal (around a 300-meter walk to the right from the station entrance)
• Gwangcheon Intercity Bus Terminal → Oseosan Mountain (Sangdammaeul Village)
(Bus 711 or 701/ 07:35 – 14:10 (four times a day)/ Travel time: approx. 15 min / Fare: 1,300 won)
☞ Nearby Attractions
Jeongamsa Temple
Oseosan Mountain Natural Recreation Forest
Julmudeom Holy Land

Sajapyeong Plain on Jaeyaksan Mountain (재약산 사자평) in Miryang, Gyeongsangnam-do

Silver grass abounds throughout 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 the Sajapyeong Plain and Sajabong Peak on Jaeyaksan Mountain takes from five to six hours.

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Jaeyaksan Sajapyeong
☞ Transportation
Seoul Station (서울역) → Miryang Station (밀양역)
KTX (Train schedule: First train 07:40, Last train 21:50 / Travel time: approx. 2 hr 30 min / Fare: 44,200 won)
OR
• Yeongdeungpo Station (영등포역) → Miryang Station
(Train schedule: First train 06:15, Last train 23:00)
- Saemaeulho Line (Travel time: 4 hr ~ 4 hr 10 min / Fare: 34,300 won)
- Mugunghwaho Line (Travel time: 4 hr 20 min ~ 4 hr 40 min / Fare: 23,000 won)
• Miryang Intercity Bus Terminal → Pyochungsa Temple (표충사)
(Bus schedule: First bus 08:00, Last bus 19:50 / Travel time: approx. 50 min / Fare: 3,100 won)
☞ Nearby Attractions
Pyochungsa Temple (Miryang)
Gajisan Provincial Park (Miryang)
Eoreumgol Valley

Sinbulpyeongwon Plain on Sinbulsan Mountain (신불산 신불평원) in Ulju, Ulsan

Situated on the slopes of Sinbulsan Mountain, Sinbulpyeongwon Plain (신불평원) boasts a large silver grass field. It takes about an hour to cross the entire field. The silver grass on Sinbulsan Mountain is free of weeds and also does not grow tall, offering an undisturbed view of the field.

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Sinbulsan County Park
☞ Transportation
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (동서울종합버스터미널) → Eonyang Intercity Bus Terminal (언양시외버스터미널)
(Bus schedule: 10:00, 13:20 / Travel time: 4 hr 30 min / Fare: 23,300 won)
Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal (서울남부버스터미널) → Eonyang Intercity Bus Terminal
Bus schedule: First bus 08:30, Last bus 18:30 / Travel time: 4 hr 30 min / Fare: 23,300 won)
• In front of Eonyang Intercity Bus Terminal → Take Bus 323 and get off at Ganwolsan Ipgu (간월산 입구)
(Bus schedule: First bus 08:10, Last bus 18:50 (six times a day) / Travel time: approx. 1 hr / Fare: 1,700 won)
☞ Nearby Attractions
Paraeso Falls
Deungeok Hot Springs

Cheongwansan Mountain (천관산) in Jangheung, Jeollanam-do

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 takes place on the vast silver grass plain on the summit of Cheongwansan Mountain.

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Cheongwansan Provincial Park
☞ Transportation
Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Honam Line) (서울호남고속버스터미널) → Jangheung Intercity Bus Terminal (장흥시외버스터미널)
Bus schedule: First bus 08:00, Last bus 16:50 / Travel time: 5 hr / Fare: 23,200 won ~ 26,700 won)
• Jangheung Intercity Bus Terminal → Take a local bus to Cheongwansan Provincial Park (천관산도립공원)
(Bus schedule: First bus 09:40, Last bus 23:00 (two times a day only) / Travel time: approx. 50 min / Fare: 2,550 won)
☞ Nearby Attractions
Cheongwansan Recreational Forest
Cheongwansan Literature Park
Cheongwansa Temple
☞ Related Column: Yuchi District in Jangheung

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