A Complete Guide to Fall Foliage in South Korea 2023 🍁
South Korea became a top destination for experiencing the breathtaking beauty of fall foliage in Asia. The autumn season typically spans from late September to mid November. In this comprehensive guide, I will cover everything from the best times to visit and weather conditions to essential preparations, top spots in Seoul and beyond, and the stunning fall flowers and trees that grace the country.
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1. When is Fall Foliage 2023

Fall foliage in South Korea typically occurs between late September and mid November. The exact timing varies each year, depending on the weather conditions, region and altitude. The vibrant colors begin to manifest in higher altitudes and gradually descend to lower elevations as the season progresses. To ensure the best experience, it’s advisable to plan your visit during end-October, when the foliage reaches its peak brilliance in many areas:

2. Weather and Fine Dust

Before embarking on your fall foliage adventure, it’s crucial to be prepared for South Korea’s autumn weather and be aware of the potential presence of fine dust particles in the air. During the fall season, South Korea experiences still warm to quite chilly temperatures. Average daytime temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) while nights tend to be a bit colder, so packing layers is a wise choice.

One important aspect to note is fine dust, often referred to as “yellow dust” or “Hwangsa.” This is a common meteorological phenomenon in South Korea, particularly during the fall and spring months. Fine dust can affect air quality and visibility, so it’s advisable to check air quality forecasts and wear a mask or opt for indoor activities.

3. What to Bring and Prepare

To make the most of your fall foliage experience in South Korea, here’s a checklist of items to bring and preparations to make:

✴ Layered Clothing

Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures throughout the day. Don’t forget a warm jacket for chilly evenings.

✴ Comfortable Footwear

Ensure you have comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, especially if you plan to explore natural areas.

✴ Camera

Bring your camera to capture the stunning scenery. Don’t forget spare batteries and memory cards. for this block. Use this space for describing your block.

✴ Travel Adapters

South Korea uses Type C and Type F electrical outlets, so bring suitable adapters if required.

✴ Cash & Card

Bring Korean Won (KRW) for small purchases, but don’t worry – major credit cards are widely accepted. In case your credit card is not excepted, check out the Namane Card for Transportation & Payment.

✴ Travel Insurance

Consider purchasing travel insurance for added peace of mind during your trip.

✴ Translation App

Even though you can survive with English in tourist areas and the app Papago will help you, having a basic understanding of Korean can be helpful. Find some Study Resources here:

✴ Portable Battery

Photos & Video, Navigation, Translating – your phone battery will go down quite quickly, so be prepared and carry extra power.

✴ Medication

Pack any necessary medications, as well as basic first-aid supplies.

✴ Travel Itinerary

Plan your itinerary in advance, including transportation details and a list of must-see locations. If you're too overwhelmed with everything, I can do that for you:

3. Public Holidays in Fall

South Korea has two public holidays during the fall season, which can affect travel plans and the availability of accommodations. Two major holidays to be aware of are Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) and Hangeul Day.

✴ Chuseok

Chuseok usually falls in late September or early October. It’s a time when Koreans gather with family and engage in ancestral rites. Many businesses may close during this period, and transportation may be crowded. Check my Chuseok Guide here:

✴ Hangeul Day

Celebrated on October 9th, Hangul Day commemorates the creation of the Korean script, Hangeul. It’s a national holiday, and some attractions and businesses may close for the day.

4. Best Fall Foliage & Autumn Flower Spots in Seoul

✴ Namsan Park 

Located around the Mountain and N Seoul Tower, Namsan Park offers stunning views of the city surrounded by colorful foliage. Visitors can also take the Namsan Cable Car or hike up to N Seoul Tower for even more breathtaking vistas of Seoul’s fall foliage. Buy tickets for the Tower & Cable Car >here.

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N Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan Tower, is an iconic landmark and observation tower located in the heart of Seoul, South Korea. Standing at a height of 236 meters on Namsan Mountain, the tower offers breathtaking panoramic views of the cityscape, including the Han River and surrounding mountains. Aside from its observation deck, N Seoul Tower boasts various attractions, such as restaurants, gift shops, and the famous "Locks of Love" where couples attach padlocks symbolizing their eternal love. Every Day at 3pm you can see a korean cultural performance in front of the tower.
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✴ Seoul’s Palaces 

The palace grounds of Seoul’s 5 Main Palaces are even more picturesque when surrounded by autumn leaves. Don’t miss the Guard Changing Ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace My Top recommendation is the Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace!

Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395, is Seoul's largest and most majestic palace, standing as a captivating testament to Korea's architectural brilliance and royal heritage. Its sprawling grounds, adorned with ornate pavilions, serene gardens, and intricate details, offer a glimpse into the opulence and grandeur of the Joseon Dynasty. Exploring the palace allows one to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Korean history, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a deeper understanding of the country's cultural legacy. Many tourists rent a Hanbok - the korean traditional clothing - for their visit, check the link below to find a rental store.
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✴ Bukhansan National Park

This famous park right behind Gyeongbokgung and the Blue House boasts hiking trails and panoramic views of Seoul’s autumn landscape. The most popular trail, Baegundae Peak, offers a challenging hike rewarded with stunning views at the summit.

Bukhansan National Park
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This famous park right behind Gyeongbokgung and the Blue House boasts hiking trails and panoramic views of Seoul’s autumn landscape. The most popular trail, Baegundae Peak, offers a challenging hike rewarded with stunning views at the summit.
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✴ Olympic Park

A modern park with various sculptures and gardens, perfect for leisurely strolls among autumn colors – especially famous: the Cosmo Fields. Olympic Park also hosts various cultural events and outdoor concerts, making it a vibrant hub for entertainment during fall.

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Seoul Olympic Park, the main venue for the 1988 Summer Olympics, is a sprawling recreational area in Seoul that showcases a harmonious blend of nature and sports facilities. With its vast green spaces, scenic walking paths, sports arenas, and iconic landmarks like the Olympic Stadium, the park provides a haven for outdoor activities, cultural events, and leisurely strolls, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
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✴ Seoul Forest

A peaceful oasis within the bustling city, offering tranquil walks through wooded areas and great picnic spots. Seoul Forest includes a deer park inside the Eco Forest where visitors can get up close with these gentle creatures, adding a unique touch to your visit. You can also book a tour in combination with other hotspots >here.

Seoul Forest Park
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Seoul Forest Park is a spacious and picturesque urban park located in the eastern part of the city. With its lush greenery, serene walking trails, scenic views, and diverse recreational facilities, the park provides a refreshing escape from the bustling city and offers a peaceful oasis for visitors to relax, unwind, and reconnect with nature.
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✴ Haneul Park

Known as the “Sky Park,” it's the Go-To-Spot to see Silver Grass (Eulalia). Visitors can take a scenic walk along the Sky Path to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the silver grass fields. You can also book a tour in combination with other hotspots >here.

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Haneul Park, known as the "Sky Park," offers sweeping views and vibrant colors, making it a must-visit destination in Seoul, especially during autumn. Located in Mapo-gu, this park is famous for its silver grass fields, creating a dreamy and picturesque landscape against the backdrop of the city skyline.
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✴ Seolleung Royal Tombs

This UNESCO World Heritage site is the final resting places of two Joseon Dynasty monarchs, King Seongjong and King Jungjong, offering great nature combined with some historical insights. The royal tombs are known for their serene atmosphere, making it a peaceful escape in the heart of the city.

Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tombs
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This UNESCO World Heritage site is the final resting places of two Joseon Dynasty monarchs, King Seongjong and King Jungjong, offering great nature combined with some historical insights. The royal tombs are known for their serene atmosphere, making it a peaceful escape in the heart of the city.
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✴ Gyeonguii Line Forest Park

A revitalized urban oasis, transformed from an old railway line into a lush green space, perfect for leisurely strolls and outdoor activities. The park features various art installations and sculptures and the Book Street, adding an artistic touch to your nature walk.

Gyeongui Line Forest Park
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Gyeongui Line Forest Park, located in Seoul's Mapo District, is a beautifully transformed urban park that stretches along the former Gyeongui railway tracks. With its lush greenery, walking trails, and unique blend of nature and history, the park offers a peaceful retreat for visitors to relax, unwind, and enjoy recreational activities amidst the bustling cityscape. I recommend walking from Gongdeok Station all the way to Hongdae and stop for a good coffee every now and then.
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✴ Inwangsan Mountain

Known for its great hiking trail, a scenic part of the Seoul City Wall and panoramic views of Seoul, Inwangsan provides a captivating blend of nature and urban exploration. The Beom Rock close to the peak, the Inwangsa Temple and the Suseongdong Valley are must visits to include in your hike.

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Known for its great hiking trail, a scenic part of the Seoul City Wall and panoramic views of Seoul, Inwangsan provides a captivating blend of nature and urban exploration. The Beom Rock close to the peak, the Inwangsa Temple and the Suseongdong Valley are must visits to include in your hike.
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✴ Ewha Womans University

The campus is renowned for its autumn beauty, especially the iconic Stairs at Ewha Campus Complex. Visitors can explore the unique architecture of the campus, including the Ewha Womans University Museum and the ECC Art Center, which often host exhibitions and cultural events.

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The campus of one of Seoul's Womans Universities is not just offering a unique architecture, it's also renowned for its autumn beauty - especially the iconic Stairs at Ewha Campus Complex. Visitors can explore the unique architecture of the campus, including the Ewha Womans University Museum and the ECC Art Center, which often host exhibitions and cultural events. The area around the university is great for shopping and in the evening you can find some great bars and restaurants!
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5. Non Hiking Fall Foliage Spots Outside Seoul 

I always recommend travelers to leave the city – especially during Fall Foliage that is a MUST! Here some great spots to visit during Fall Foliage outside of Seoul, that are perfect for everyone and don’t require long Hikes.

✴ Nami Island

Nami Island is a picturesque oasis known for its tree-lined paths, where vibrant autumn leaves create a stunning canopy, making it a top destination for fall foliage enthusiasts.

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Known for its natural beauty and tree-lined paths, Nami Island gained fame from K-Drama "Winter Sonata" but I definitely recommend it all over the year - especially during Fall Foliage!
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✴ Garden of Morning Calm 

The Garden of Morning Calm is a tranquil haven for nature lovers, where colorful foliage mingles with meticulously landscaped gardens, creating a serene autumn escape.

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The Garden of Morning Calm is a tranquil haven for nature lovers, where colorful foliage mingles with meticulously landscaped gardens, creating a serene autumn escape.
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✴ Hwadam Forest

Hwadam Forest is a lush woodland where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of autumn, with its diverse flora and serene hiking trails.

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Hwadam Forest is a lush woodland where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of autumn, with its diverse flora and serene hiking trails. The tickets for the MonoRail on the original website are usually sold out 5 minutes after they went online. That's why this guided tour is a bit more expensive than the other ones, but still I would say it's worth it, if you have a good timing for the foliage!
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✴ Jecheon

Experience the stunning “Cheongpung Cultural Heritage Complex” amidst autumn hues in Jecheon, a perfect blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty.

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Experience the stunning “Cheongpung Cultural Heritage Complex” amidst autumn hues in Jecheon, a perfect blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty.
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✴ Hongcheon 

Hongcheon offers a scenic escape during the fall season, with its rolling hills and forests bathed in autumnal hues, inviting travelers to explore its enchanting landscapes. The Gingko Alley is the best spot to do so!

Hongcheon
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Hongcheon offers a scenic escape during the fall season, with its rolling hills and forests bathed in autumnal hues, inviting travelers to explore its enchanting landscapes. The Gingko Alley is the best spot to do so!
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✴ Dumulmeori

Nari Park and Dumulmeori present a captivating combination of riverside beauty and woodland charm, enhanced by the vibrant colors of fall.

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Nari Park and Dumulmeori present a captivating combination of riverside beauty and woodland charm, enhanced by the vibrant colors of fall.
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✴ Gyeongju

The ancient city of Gyeongju becomes even more charming in the fall, with its historic sites adorned in fall colors and the serene beauty of Bomun Lake.

Gyeongju
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Often referred to as the "Museum Without Walls," Gyeongju is a UNESCO World Heritage site with ancient tombs, temples, palaces and ruins. It's the Go-To-City for people who really want to deep dive into old Korean culture, history and traditions.
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✴ Suwon

Suwon’s urban charm meets nature’s beauty in the fall, with the city providing a vibrant backdrop to explore its historic sites and parks.

Suwon
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Explore the impressive Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon - designed in the late 18th century to defend the city - and many other sights very close to Seoul City.
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✴ Demilitarized Zone

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) offers a unique perspective on fall foliage, where nature flourishes amid the historic tensions of this border region.

Gamaksan Suspension Bridge
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The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) offers a unique perspective on fall foliage, where nature flourishes amid the historic tensions of this border region. Especially famous for fall is the area around Gamaksan Mountain and its Suspension Bridge.
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✴ Andong

A UNESCO World Heritage site that comes alive in the fall, Andong Hahoe Folk Village allows you to step back in time and experience traditional Korean culture amidst autumn’s beauty.

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A UNESCO World Heritage site that comes alive in the fall, Andong Hahoe Folk Village allows you to step back in time and experience traditional Korean culture amidst autumn’s beauty.
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6. Best Autumn Hikes Outside of Seoul

Of course the most beautiful Fall Foliage can be seen in the untouched nature of various mountains in South Korea. Here the 10 best Hikes for Fall Foliage. But even here a little secret: the guided tours I linked here usually offer easy hikes or beautiful photospots even in walking distance from the Parking lot.

✴ Seoraksan, Sokcho 

Seoraksan National Park
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✴ Naejangsan, Jeongeup

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✴ Daedunsan, Daejeon

Daedunsan Recreation Forest
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✴ Jirisan, Hadong

Jirisan National Park
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✴ Gayasan, Daegu

Gayasan National Park
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✴ Songnisan, Boeun

Songnisan National Park
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✴ Sobaeksan, Danyang

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✴ Hallasan, Jeju

Hallasan National Park
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Hallasan Mountain stands proudly at the center of Jeju Island and is perhaps the island’s most memorable landmark. Also called Yeongjusan Mountain, meaning "mountain high enough to pull the galaxy," Hallasan Mountain is widely known by scientists for its geological value. Hallasan Mountain is famous for its vertical ecosystem of plants that results from the varying temperatures along the mountainside. Over 1,800 kinds of plants and 4,000 species of animals (3,300 species of insects) have been identified; to explore the mountain's treasures, simply follow one of the well-developed hiking trails.
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✴ Jaeyaksan, Miryang

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✴ Palgongsan, Yeongcheon

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7. Fall Festivals in Korea

Fall is a great time for different kind of Festivals in Korea – from music, Culture, Art, Fireworks, Food or in general Fall Foliage or Fall Flower Festivals.

✴ Seoul International Fireworks Festival

Usually held in early October, this FREE event at Yeouido Hangang Parkfeatures dazzling fireworks and drone shows above Han River. 

2023: October 7

>> https://www.visitkoreayear.kr/enu/festival_list.kto

✴ Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival

Ensure you have comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, especially if you plan to explore natural areas. 

2023: October 6 – November 4

>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvUiZ4-Wfps

✴ Seoul & Gwangju Kimchi Festival

Participate in kimchi-making activities in Gwangju or Seoul while enjoying the autumn weather in early November.

2023: TBA

✴ Busan International Film Festival

Early to Mid October is a great time to catch world-class films in Busan. 

2023: October 4 – 13

>> https://www.biff.kr/eng/

✴ Jinju Namgang Yudeung Lantern Festival

Lanterns illuminate the fall nights along the Namgang River in Jinju in mid October. 

2023: October 8 – 22

>> https://yudeung.com

✴ Andong International Mask Dance Festival

A vibrant celebration of Korea’s traditional mask dance heritage, drawing performers from around the world to showcase diverse mask dance traditions. 

2023: October 2 – 9

>> http://www.maskdance.com/eng/main.asp

✴ Han River Festival

Seasonal Festival with special program and event along the south part of Han River, eg in Yeouido or Banpo Hangang Park. 

2023: October 13 – 22

>> https://english.seoul.go.kr/hangang-river-festival/

✴ Hueree Pink Muhly Festival

Held on Jeju Island,, where vast fields of vibrant pink muhly grass create a dreamlike landscape. 

2023: September 15 – November 15

>> https://interestingkorea.com/items/jeju-hueree-pink-muhly-festival-2023/

✴ Hangang Moonlight Market

A popular open-air night market held along the banks of the Han River in Yeouido.

2023: September 16 – October 22

>> https://hangangmoonlightmarket.org/cgs-introduce

✴ Chrysanthemum Festivals

Jogyesa Temple in Seoul and the town of Iksan (close to Jeonju) host big Chrysanthemum Festivals every year. 

2023: October – November

>> https://www.iksan.go.kr/gukhwa/index.iksan

8. Korean Fall Tree Species 

As the season progresses, different trees undergo their own unique transformations, creating a stunning tapestry of colors. Here’s a list of some of the prominent tree species and their changing hues during the fall:

✴ Ginkgo Trees (은행나무 – Eunhaeng Namu)

✴ Maple Trees (단풍나무 – Danpung Namu)

✴ Oak Trees (떡갈 나무 – Ddeokgal Namu)

✴ Zelkova Trees (느티 나무 – Neuti Name)

✴ Persimmon Trees (감 나무 – Gam Namu)

9. Fall Flowers in Korea

While the focus of autumn in South Korea is typically on the vibrant tree foliage, the season also brings forth beautiful fall flowers:

✴ Hibiscus (무궁화 – Mugunghwa)

August – End September

✴ Buckwheat (메밀 – Memil)

September

✴ Cosmos (코스모스 – Koseumoseu)

September – October

✴ Muhly (뮬리 – Myulli)

September – early November

✴ Chrysanthemum (국화 – Gukhwa)

September – November

✴ Silver Grass (억새풀 – Oeksaepul)

October – early November

With this guide you got the right information you need to find the best spots and festivals to deep dive into the beauty of autumn in this captivating country. Whether you explore the bustling streets of Seoul, venture into Korea’s national parks, or simply savor the fall flowers, I hope your journey through South Korea’s autumn will be an unforgettable experience.

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A Complete Guide to Fall Foliage in South Korea 2023 🍁
South Korea became a top destination for experiencing the breathtaking beauty of fall foliage in Asia. The autumn season typically spans from late September to mid November. In this comprehensive guide, I will cover everything from the best times to visit and weather conditions to essential preparations, top spots in Seoul and beyond, and the stunning fall flowers and trees that grace the country.
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1. When is Fall Foliage 2023

Fall foliage in South Korea typically occurs between late September and mid November. The exact timing varies each year, depending on the weather conditions, region and altitude. The vibrant colors begin to manifest in higher altitudes and gradually descend to lower elevations as the season progresses. To ensure the best experience, it’s advisable to plan your visit during end-October, when the foliage reaches its peak brilliance in many areas:

2. Weather and Fine Dust

Before embarking on your fall foliage adventure, it’s crucial to be prepared for South Korea’s autumn weather and be aware of the potential presence of fine dust particles in the air. During the fall season, South Korea experiences still warm to quite chilly temperatures. Average daytime temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) while nights tend to be a bit colder, so packing layers is a wise choice.

One important aspect to note is fine dust, often referred to as “yellow dust” or “Hwangsa.” This is a common meteorological phenomenon in South Korea, particularly during the fall and spring months. Fine dust can affect air quality and visibility, so it’s advisable to check air quality forecasts and wear a mask or opt for indoor activities.

3. What to Bring and Prepare

To make the most of your fall foliage experience in South Korea, here’s a checklist of items to bring and preparations to make:

✴ Layered Clothing

Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures throughout the day. Don’t forget a warm jacket for chilly evenings.

✴ Comfortable Footwear

Ensure you have comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, especially if you plan to explore natural areas.

✴ Camera

Bring your camera to capture the stunning scenery. Don’t forget spare batteries and memory cards. for this block. Use this space for describing your block.

✴ Travel Adapters

South Korea uses Type C and Type F electrical outlets, so bring suitable adapters if required.

✴ Cash & Card

Bring Korean Won (KRW) for small purchases, but don’t worry – major credit cards are widely accepted. In case your credit card is not excepted, check out the Namane Card for Transportation & Payment.

✴ Travel Insurance

Consider purchasing travel insurance for added peace of mind during your trip.

✴ Translation App

Even though you can survive with English in tourist areas and the app Papago will help you, having a basic understanding of Korean can be helpful. Find some Study Resources here:

✴ Portable Battery

Photos & Video, Navigation, Translating – your phone battery will go down quite quickly, so be prepared and carry extra power.

✴ Medication

Pack any necessary medications, as well as basic first-aid supplies.

✴ Travel Itinerary

Plan your itinerary in advance, including transportation details and a list of must-see locations. If you're too overwhelmed with everything, I can do that for you:

3. Public Holidays in Fall

South Korea has two public holidays during the fall season, which can affect travel plans and the availability of accommodations. Two major holidays to be aware of are Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) and Hangeul Day.

✴ Chuseok

Chuseok usually falls in late September or early October. It’s a time when Koreans gather with family and engage in ancestral rites. Many businesses may close during this period, and transportation may be crowded. Check my Chuseok Guide here:

✴ Hangeul Day

Celebrated on October 9th, Hangul Day commemorates the creation of the Korean script, Hangeul. It’s a national holiday, and some attractions and businesses may close for the day.

4. Best Fall Foliage & Autumn Flower Spots in Seoul

✴ Namsan Park 

Located around the Mountain and N Seoul Tower, Namsan Park offers stunning views of the city surrounded by colorful foliage. Visitors can also take the Namsan Cable Car or hike up to N Seoul Tower for even more breathtaking vistas of Seoul’s fall foliage. Buy tickets for the Tower & Cable Car >here.

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N Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan Tower, is an iconic landmark and observation tower located in the heart of Seoul, South Korea. Standing at a height of 236 meters on Namsan Mountain, the tower offers breathtaking panoramic views of the cityscape, including the Han River and surrounding mountains. Aside from its observation deck, N Seoul Tower boasts various attractions, such as restaurants, gift shops, and the famous "Locks of Love" where couples attach padlocks symbolizing their eternal love. Every Day at 3pm you can see a korean cultural performance in front of the tower.
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✴ Seoul’s Palaces 

The palace grounds of Seoul’s 5 Main Palaces are even more picturesque when surrounded by autumn leaves. Don’t miss the Guard Changing Ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace My Top recommendation is the Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace!

Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395, is Seoul's largest and most majestic palace, standing as a captivating testament to Korea's architectural brilliance and royal heritage. Its sprawling grounds, adorned with ornate pavilions, serene gardens, and intricate details, offer a glimpse into the opulence and grandeur of the Joseon Dynasty. Exploring the palace allows one to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Korean history, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a deeper understanding of the country's cultural legacy. Many tourists rent a Hanbok - the korean traditional clothing - for their visit, check the link below to find a rental store.
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✴ Bukhansan National Park

This famous park right behind Gyeongbokgung and the Blue House boasts hiking trails and panoramic views of Seoul’s autumn landscape. The most popular trail, Baegundae Peak, offers a challenging hike rewarded with stunning views at the summit.

Bukhansan National Park
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This famous park right behind Gyeongbokgung and the Blue House boasts hiking trails and panoramic views of Seoul’s autumn landscape. The most popular trail, Baegundae Peak, offers a challenging hike rewarded with stunning views at the summit.
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✴ Olympic Park

A modern park with various sculptures and gardens, perfect for leisurely strolls among autumn colors – especially famous: the Cosmo Fields. Olympic Park also hosts various cultural events and outdoor concerts, making it a vibrant hub for entertainment during fall.

Olympic Park
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Seoul Olympic Park, the main venue for the 1988 Summer Olympics, is a sprawling recreational area in Seoul that showcases a harmonious blend of nature and sports facilities. With its vast green spaces, scenic walking paths, sports arenas, and iconic landmarks like the Olympic Stadium, the park provides a haven for outdoor activities, cultural events, and leisurely strolls, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
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✴ Seoul Forest

A peaceful oasis within the bustling city, offering tranquil walks through wooded areas and great picnic spots. Seoul Forest includes a deer park inside the Eco Forest where visitors can get up close with these gentle creatures, adding a unique touch to your visit. You can also book a tour in combination with other hotspots >here.

Seoul Forest Park
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Seoul Forest Park is a spacious and picturesque urban park located in the eastern part of the city. With its lush greenery, serene walking trails, scenic views, and diverse recreational facilities, the park provides a refreshing escape from the bustling city and offers a peaceful oasis for visitors to relax, unwind, and reconnect with nature.
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✴ Haneul Park

Known as the “Sky Park,” it's the Go-To-Spot to see Silver Grass (Eulalia). Visitors can take a scenic walk along the Sky Path to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the silver grass fields. You can also book a tour in combination with other hotspots >here.

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Haneul Park, known as the "Sky Park," offers sweeping views and vibrant colors, making it a must-visit destination in Seoul, especially during autumn. Located in Mapo-gu, this park is famous for its silver grass fields, creating a dreamy and picturesque landscape against the backdrop of the city skyline.
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✴ Seolleung Royal Tombs

This UNESCO World Heritage site is the final resting places of two Joseon Dynasty monarchs, King Seongjong and King Jungjong, offering great nature combined with some historical insights. The royal tombs are known for their serene atmosphere, making it a peaceful escape in the heart of the city.

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This UNESCO World Heritage site is the final resting places of two Joseon Dynasty monarchs, King Seongjong and King Jungjong, offering great nature combined with some historical insights. The royal tombs are known for their serene atmosphere, making it a peaceful escape in the heart of the city.
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✴ Gyeonguii Line Forest Park

A revitalized urban oasis, transformed from an old railway line into a lush green space, perfect for leisurely strolls and outdoor activities. The park features various art installations and sculptures and the Book Street, adding an artistic touch to your nature walk.

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Gyeongui Line Forest Park, located in Seoul's Mapo District, is a beautifully transformed urban park that stretches along the former Gyeongui railway tracks. With its lush greenery, walking trails, and unique blend of nature and history, the park offers a peaceful retreat for visitors to relax, unwind, and enjoy recreational activities amidst the bustling cityscape. I recommend walking from Gongdeok Station all the way to Hongdae and stop for a good coffee every now and then.
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✴ Inwangsan Mountain

Known for its great hiking trail, a scenic part of the Seoul City Wall and panoramic views of Seoul, Inwangsan provides a captivating blend of nature and urban exploration. The Beom Rock close to the peak, the Inwangsa Temple and the Suseongdong Valley are must visits to include in your hike.

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Known for its great hiking trail, a scenic part of the Seoul City Wall and panoramic views of Seoul, Inwangsan provides a captivating blend of nature and urban exploration. The Beom Rock close to the peak, the Inwangsa Temple and the Suseongdong Valley are must visits to include in your hike.
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✴ Ewha Womans University

The campus is renowned for its autumn beauty, especially the iconic Stairs at Ewha Campus Complex. Visitors can explore the unique architecture of the campus, including the Ewha Womans University Museum and the ECC Art Center, which often host exhibitions and cultural events.

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The campus of one of Seoul's Womans Universities is not just offering a unique architecture, it's also renowned for its autumn beauty - especially the iconic Stairs at Ewha Campus Complex. Visitors can explore the unique architecture of the campus, including the Ewha Womans University Museum and the ECC Art Center, which often host exhibitions and cultural events. The area around the university is great for shopping and in the evening you can find some great bars and restaurants!
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5. Non Hiking Fall Foliage Spots Outside Seoul 

I always recommend travelers to leave the city – especially during Fall Foliage that is a MUST! Here some great spots to visit during Fall Foliage outside of Seoul, that are perfect for everyone and don’t require long Hikes.

✴ Nami Island

Nami Island is a picturesque oasis known for its tree-lined paths, where vibrant autumn leaves create a stunning canopy, making it a top destination for fall foliage enthusiasts.

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Known for its natural beauty and tree-lined paths, Nami Island gained fame from K-Drama "Winter Sonata" but I definitely recommend it all over the year - especially during Fall Foliage!
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✴ Garden of Morning Calm 

The Garden of Morning Calm is a tranquil haven for nature lovers, where colorful foliage mingles with meticulously landscaped gardens, creating a serene autumn escape.

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The Garden of Morning Calm is a tranquil haven for nature lovers, where colorful foliage mingles with meticulously landscaped gardens, creating a serene autumn escape.
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✴ Hwadam Forest

Hwadam Forest is a lush woodland where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of autumn, with its diverse flora and serene hiking trails.

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Hwadam Forest is a lush woodland where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of autumn, with its diverse flora and serene hiking trails. The tickets for the MonoRail on the original website are usually sold out 5 minutes after they went online. That's why this guided tour is a bit more expensive than the other ones, but still I would say it's worth it, if you have a good timing for the foliage!
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✴ Jecheon

Experience the stunning “Cheongpung Cultural Heritage Complex” amidst autumn hues in Jecheon, a perfect blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty.

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Experience the stunning “Cheongpung Cultural Heritage Complex” amidst autumn hues in Jecheon, a perfect blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty.
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✴ Hongcheon 

Hongcheon offers a scenic escape during the fall season, with its rolling hills and forests bathed in autumnal hues, inviting travelers to explore its enchanting landscapes. The Gingko Alley is the best spot to do so!

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Hongcheon offers a scenic escape during the fall season, with its rolling hills and forests bathed in autumnal hues, inviting travelers to explore its enchanting landscapes. The Gingko Alley is the best spot to do so!
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✴ Dumulmeori

Nari Park and Dumulmeori present a captivating combination of riverside beauty and woodland charm, enhanced by the vibrant colors of fall.

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Nari Park and Dumulmeori present a captivating combination of riverside beauty and woodland charm, enhanced by the vibrant colors of fall.
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✴ Gyeongju

The ancient city of Gyeongju becomes even more charming in the fall, with its historic sites adorned in fall colors and the serene beauty of Bomun Lake.

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Often referred to as the "Museum Without Walls," Gyeongju is a UNESCO World Heritage site with ancient tombs, temples, palaces and ruins. It's the Go-To-City for people who really want to deep dive into old Korean culture, history and traditions.
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✴ Suwon

Suwon’s urban charm meets nature’s beauty in the fall, with the city providing a vibrant backdrop to explore its historic sites and parks.

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Explore the impressive Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon - designed in the late 18th century to defend the city - and many other sights very close to Seoul City.
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✴ Demilitarized Zone

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) offers a unique perspective on fall foliage, where nature flourishes amid the historic tensions of this border region.

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The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) offers a unique perspective on fall foliage, where nature flourishes amid the historic tensions of this border region. Especially famous for fall is the area around Gamaksan Mountain and its Suspension Bridge.
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✴ Andong

A UNESCO World Heritage site that comes alive in the fall, Andong Hahoe Folk Village allows you to step back in time and experience traditional Korean culture amidst autumn’s beauty.

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A UNESCO World Heritage site that comes alive in the fall, Andong Hahoe Folk Village allows you to step back in time and experience traditional Korean culture amidst autumn’s beauty.
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6. Best Autumn Hikes Outside of Seoul

Of course the most beautiful Fall Foliage can be seen in the untouched nature of various mountains in South Korea. Here the 10 best Hikes for Fall Foliage. But even here a little secret: the guided tours I linked here usually offer easy hikes or beautiful photospots even in walking distance from the Parking lot.

✴ Seoraksan, Sokcho 

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✴ Naejangsan, Jeongeup

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✴ Daedunsan, Daejeon

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✴ Jirisan, Hadong

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✴ Gayasan, Daegu

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✴ Songnisan, Boeun

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✴ Sobaeksan, Danyang

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✴ Hallasan, Jeju

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Hallasan Mountain stands proudly at the center of Jeju Island and is perhaps the island’s most memorable landmark. Also called Yeongjusan Mountain, meaning "mountain high enough to pull the galaxy," Hallasan Mountain is widely known by scientists for its geological value. Hallasan Mountain is famous for its vertical ecosystem of plants that results from the varying temperatures along the mountainside. Over 1,800 kinds of plants and 4,000 species of animals (3,300 species of insects) have been identified; to explore the mountain's treasures, simply follow one of the well-developed hiking trails.
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✴ Jaeyaksan, Miryang

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✴ Palgongsan, Yeongcheon

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7. Fall Festivals in Korea

Fall is a great time for different kind of Festivals in Korea – from music, Culture, Art, Fireworks, Food or in general Fall Foliage or Fall Flower Festivals.

✴ Seoul International Fireworks Festival

Usually held in early October, this FREE event at Yeouido Hangang Parkfeatures dazzling fireworks and drone shows above Han River. 

2023: October 7

>> https://www.visitkoreayear.kr/enu/festival_list.kto

✴ Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival

Ensure you have comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, especially if you plan to explore natural areas. 

2023: October 6 – November 4

>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvUiZ4-Wfps

✴ Seoul & Gwangju Kimchi Festival

Participate in kimchi-making activities in Gwangju or Seoul while enjoying the autumn weather in early November.

2023: TBA

✴ Busan International Film Festival

Early to Mid October is a great time to catch world-class films in Busan. 

2023: October 4 – 13

>> https://www.biff.kr/eng/

✴ Jinju Namgang Yudeung Lantern Festival

Lanterns illuminate the fall nights along the Namgang River in Jinju in mid October. 

2023: October 8 – 22

>> https://yudeung.com

✴ Andong International Mask Dance Festival

A vibrant celebration of Korea’s traditional mask dance heritage, drawing performers from around the world to showcase diverse mask dance traditions. 

2023: October 2 – 9

>> http://www.maskdance.com/eng/main.asp

✴ Han River Festival

Seasonal Festival with special program and event along the south part of Han River, eg in Yeouido or Banpo Hangang Park. 

2023: October 13 – 22

>> https://english.seoul.go.kr/hangang-river-festival/

✴ Hueree Pink Muhly Festival

Held on Jeju Island,, where vast fields of vibrant pink muhly grass create a dreamlike landscape. 

2023: September 15 – November 15

>> https://interestingkorea.com/items/jeju-hueree-pink-muhly-festival-2023/

✴ Hangang Moonlight Market

A popular open-air night market held along the banks of the Han River in Yeouido.

2023: September 16 – October 22

>> https://hangangmoonlightmarket.org/cgs-introduce

✴ Chrysanthemum Festivals

Jogyesa Temple in Seoul and the town of Iksan (close to Jeonju) host big Chrysanthemum Festivals every year. 

2023: October – November

>> https://www.iksan.go.kr/gukhwa/index.iksan

8. Korean Fall Tree Species 

As the season progresses, different trees undergo their own unique transformations, creating a stunning tapestry of colors. Here’s a list of some of the prominent tree species and their changing hues during the fall:

✴ Ginkgo Trees (은행나무 – Eunhaeng Namu)

✴ Maple Trees (단풍나무 – Danpung Namu)

✴ Oak Trees (떡갈 나무 – Ddeokgal Namu)

✴ Zelkova Trees (느티 나무 – Neuti Name)

✴ Persimmon Trees (감 나무 – Gam Namu)

9. Fall Flowers in Korea

While the focus of autumn in South Korea is typically on the vibrant tree foliage, the season also brings forth beautiful fall flowers:

✴ Hibiscus (무궁화 – Mugunghwa)

August – End September

✴ Buckwheat (메밀 – Memil)

September

✴ Cosmos (코스모스 – Koseumoseu)

September – October

✴ Muhly (뮬리 – Myulli)

September – early November

✴ Chrysanthemum (국화 – Gukhwa)

September – November

✴ Silver Grass (억새풀 – Oeksaepul)

October – early November

With this guide you got the right information you need to find the best spots and festivals to deep dive into the beauty of autumn in this captivating country. Whether you explore the bustling streets of Seoul, venture into Korea’s national parks, or simply savor the fall flowers, I hope your journey through South Korea’s autumn will be an unforgettable experience.

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When I made the move from Germany to Korea in 2021, my life took a thrilling turn. From day one, I've been sharing this amazing journey with my Instagram community, as "Next Stop: Korea." Living the city life in Seoul, I've become the go-to buddy and your guide for friends and family visiting but also organized trips and planned itineraries for some of my lovely followers. So, if you're looking for tips on the must-see spots, those hidden gems that don't make the guidebooks, and the best of what Seoul has to offer, I've got you covered! But hey, as much as I adore Seoul, I'm all about encouraging travelers to explore beyond the city limits. Think the beaches of Busan, the coastal charm of Gangneung, the culture explosion in Jeonju, and the paradise vibes of Jeju – I've been lucky enough to explore over 40 of these fantastic places, and my Korean adventure wishlist is still going strong! :D Fast-forward to 2023, and I officially became a Content Creator for the Korea Tourism Organization and also got the title of “Global Seoulmate” - an Ambassador for the city of Seoul. It has made me even more excited to share the wonders of this incredible country! I'm here to be your go-to Travel Guide, offering practical advice, killer itineraries packed with Must sees, hidden gems and my personal faves, and the lowdown on Korea's stunning landscapes, unique architecture, friendly folks, and mouthwatering cuisine. Plus, if you're thinking about making the leap and moving to Korea, I've got your back with consultation calls and lots of infos about that on instagram. Long story short, I'm all about making your Korean adventure unforgettable, so don't hesitate to reach out. Let's make your K-adventure one for the books! 🇰🇷✨
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