I never had a favorite season until I’ve experienced autumn in Seoul. Living through the all-humidity-almost-no-oxygen summers and too-quick-its-gone-once-you-blink winters of Dubai, seeing and feeling autumn is really astounding if not a life-changing experience. All those leaves in auburn, scarlet and golden colors are so breathtaking it’s almost like poetry.
Writing this gave me all kinds of dramatic and nostalgic feels; I’m literally pep-talking myself right now into not booking that promo ticket to Seoul for November lol. I’m certain that South Korea has a lot more incredible fall foliage’s to offer besides to what we’ve seen, the sister and I are looking forward to coming back for new discoveries. For now, here are the places we’ve been to and will definitely go back to, our must see places for chasing autumn in Seoul.
NAMSAN PARK 남산공원
A historical site that houses the famous Namsan Tower has the most magnificent views for fall foliage. Located in the south of Myeong-dong on Mt. Namsan, it is popular for it’s walking/hiking trails and panoramic views of Downtown Seoul. This place leaves us breathless and speechless. Breathless because it’s quite a hike but men the views are so surreal it will impair your speeches. Full article and more photos here.
Go out exit #2 or 3 at Myeong-dong Station on Seoul Subway Line 4. Walk towards Lila Elementary School for approximately 10 minutes, and then you will see Seoul Tower (you can hike or you can take the cable car) OR
From Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3 & 4), Exit 3 or 4. Walk along the road between Chungmuro Media Center and Maeil Business Newspaper Building and get to Namsangol Hanok Village and start the trek from there. (Just like the locals do!) (source)
SECRET GARDEN VIA CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE 창덕궁과 후원
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty, and is the most well preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. Here you will find the stunning secret garden where the royalty rests that is so glorious with autumn colors. This place is oozing with history and culture and nature. Again, we are breathless and speechless. Full article and more photos here.
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Walk straight from the exit (towards east) for about 5-min to arrive at the palace entrance.
Admission: Regular 3,000 won / Huwon 5,000 won (source)
SINSADONG GARUSO-GIL ROAD 신사동 가로수길
An upscale shopping street that turns gleaming yellow every autumn. The street is lined with gingko trees and variety of coffee shops. A perfect place to hangout whilst enjoying the autumn weather. Full article and more photos here.
Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 8. - Go straight (250m), until you see the street on the left. (source)
GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE 경복궁
A full package, the most beautiful of all palaces that is surrounded by nature with lots of historical charms one can ask for. I’m in awe in how the Koreans keep their history as intact as this; it’s touching and remarkable. (Philippines, can we do the same please?) Full article and more photos here.
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 5. Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 1.
Admission: 3,000 won (source)
NAMISEOM ISLAND 남이섬 종합휴양지
Nature at its finest. This place is a treasure. The mountains, the lake, the bare trees, the smell, the feels, every single thing. I will run out of adjectives to describe this place. It’s a picture or a place rather that worth a thousand words. It’s healing. It’s amazing. (I can’t get enough, lol)
Full article and more photos here.
Directions: click here
Admission: 10,000 won (bring your passports)
SEOUL FORTRESS WALL VIA NAKSAN PARK 낙산공원
Long leisurely walks through the Seoul Fortress Wall is a must do when in Seoul. Glorified by autumn this has the most relaxing view overlooking the entire city. Full article and more photos here.
Hyehwa Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2.
Go straight for 200m, then turn left onto Dongsung-gil Street.
Go straight for 200m, then turn left at Lock Museum.
Walk straight for 50m, then turn right onto Naksan Gongwon-gil Street.
Follow the same street up the hill for 300m to arrive at Naksan Park. (source)
I am made for autumn.
Summer and I have a fickle relationship,
But everything about autumn is perfect to me.
Wooly jumpers, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks.
The low slanting light, the crisps mornings, the chill in my fingers
Those last sunny days before the rain and the wind
The moody hues and subdues palate punctuated every now and again
by brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye. – Alys Fowler
*All photos were taken by me and my sister Feb using our iPhone 7 and Canon EOS 1000D.