Korea’s autumn spans from September to November. We bid adieu to boiling summer days and a welcoming hello to the crisp autumn air as September arrives. In October, autumn leaves start to dye the mountains all over Korea vivid yellow and crimson red. While the peak season for Korea’s autumn foliage is the second half of October, you can still catch the autumn colors till mid-November. The sky is clear, the wind is pleasantly gentle, the temperature is cool enough to hike without sweating, and you are surrounded by intensely hued autumn leaves. Don’t miss out on this perfect timing for weekend trips as Trazy suggests best destinations for your excursion!
1. Seoraksan National Park
Located in the northeast of Korea, Seoraksan National Park is the first place where autumn colors arrive. The first autumn foliage starts from late September, reaching its peak around mid-October. Blessed with rocky mountaintops and steep valleys layered in deep red and yellow leaves, Seoraksan National Park offers perfect hiking trails for people who live in the northern part of South Korea. You can get to Seoraksan National Park from Seoul in about 3 hours by car.
2. Daedunsan Provincial Park
Daedunsan Provincial Park, not as well known as Seoraksan National Park to foreigners yet loved by so many domestic visitors, is another “it” place for those who want to indulge themselves in autumn colors. Stretching over Jeollabukdo Province and Chungcheongnamdo Province in the middle of the western part of Korea, Daedunsan Provincial Park is famous for Geumgang Gureumdari (viaduct) that connects one rocky peak to another. Standing on the long narrow bridge between the two sheer slopes, you’ll be in absolute awe of the scenery under your feet.
To find more information about trips to Seoraksan & Daedunsan from Seoul
3. Naejangsan National Park
If you are based in or traveling to the southern part of Korea such as Busan, try Naejangsan National Park, located in the southwest of Korea. The mountain was named as Naejang (meaning ‘hidden inside’ in Korean) because there is so much to see inside the mountain. Naejangsan National Park is especially popular for scenic waterfalls (Dodeok Falls & Geumseun Falls) situated deep inside the hiking trails under the colorful archway of autumn leaves. If you’re seeking a perfect autumn excursion in the south, try Naejangsan National Park.
To find more information about trips to Naejangsan from Busan
• K Weather website: kweather.co.kr (Korean only)
• VisitKorea website: english.visitkorea.or.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Russian)
• 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
* Forecasted dates above are subject to change depending on weather conditions.