Top 3 Fall Foliage Trails in Korea
Beaches, ice creams, and short pants…Summer season’s gone. Yet, it’s too early to get disappointed! Throughout October and November, you can meet lush mountains dyed with scarlet-tinged leaves. For those of you wondering where to enjoy beautiful fall foliage in South Korea, Trazy presents 3 breathtaking destinations: Seoraksan National Park, Naejangsan National Park, and Daedunsan Provincial Park. These destinations offer not only spectacular foliage scenes, but also best trekking experiences as well. So, don’t miss out on the beauty of autumnal tints in South Korea and go enjoy fall foliage!
1. Seoraksan National Park
Known for its beautiful scenery all year round, Seoraksan National Park is definitely the first foliage destination you must visit. Located in the northeast of Korea, the park spreads across Gangwon Province, which is divided into two main areas, OeSeorak (east) and NaeSeorak (west).
In October 18th, the foliage will reach its peak in Seoraksan National Park. The mountains will be covered up with colorful leaves from red, orange to yellow, boasting magnificent views!
To enjoy the autumn tints to the fullest in Seoraksan, Trazy highly recommends the following two trail routes:
A Course. Seoraksan National Park – Baekdamsa
One of the beloved trails that you can take is from Seoraksan to Baekdamsa Temple. It is a beautiful temple in Naeseorak with an old history that traces back to Silla kingdom(B.C.57~935). Nearby the temple, there are streams and valleys that add more beauty to the autumn scenery.
B Course. Seoraksan National Park – Ulsanbawi
The second trail is from Seoraksan to Ulsanbawi. Hiking up these granite peaks is demanding. But once you reach the peak, you’ll know it was worth it.
2. Naejangsan National Park
The next foliage destination that you could visit in South Korea is Naejangsan, which is designated as Natural Monuments. Located in Jeolla Province, this place is particularly famous for its vivid crimson foliage scenery and amazing waterfalls. In this beautiful mountain stands two famous temples called Baekyangsa Temple and Naejangsa Temple. Waterfalls, autumn foliage, and temples…You can meet all of them in one place, and that’s Naejangsan.
The park presents incredible views in every seasons, such as cherry blossoms in the spring, and greenery in the summer, and trees covered with snow in the winter. Whether you want to make a visit to this park in the autumn or in the other season, it’s totally up to your taste!
3. Daedunsan Provincial Park
Daedunsan, known for its steep, rocky landscapes, could be a challenging trail for beginners. However, there is a cable car that runs across the mountain, so don’t worry! :) Though smaller in scale than Seoraksan, the famous 50-meter long red suspension bridge over a ravine is what makes the park must-see destination. So, why not try crossing this bridge? Trazy can assure you that it’ll add a thrill and excitement to your trekking!
Whether you’re a mountain person or not, you can’t help but fall in love with these mountains once you reach the top. But, if you’re just looking for easy trails nearby, check out more on hiking destinations in Seoul and other trekking courses in Korea.