Autumn is arguably the most spellbinding season in South Korea. If you love the reddening of leaves and pleasantly cool weather that’s perfect for dressing up in layers, Autumn, with its dramatic foliage, is your season. The land that brought us countless romantic Korean dramas has a gorgeous backdrop every Autumn from September to November. Here are 4 healing places that require no crazy hikes to admire the foliage of Autumn in Seoul.
Koreans have a great love for nature. Many spaces are designed to allow the visitor to receive a “soul healing” experience by incorporating nature. When the cool Autumn months roll around and the foliage starts changing color, being in these wonderfully designed spaces that honor and appreciate nature, brings great joy and peace.
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1. Poet’s Hill (윤동주 시인의 언덕)
Panoramic views of Seoul await from Poet’s Hill. The beloved Poet is South Korea’s Yun Dong-Ju, and this hill was where he was said to have enjoyed taking his strolls. You’ll love this off-the-beaten-track attraction that isn’t super popular with the tourist crowd yet but is often visited by locals.
This is not a hill that requires great athletics to visit. It is a leisurely climb – a great place even if you don’t regularly do hikes! The gardens are photo-perfect. This is a beautiful, relatively calming place to view fall foliage and enjoy a restful, relaxing Autumn in Seoul.
Poet’s Hill Address
- 윤동주 시인의 언덕, 서울 종로구 창의문로 119 (Open on Google Maps)
- 119 Changuimun-ro, Cheongun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
2. Seoul Forest (서울숲)
If you already have plans to visit the “Brooklyn of Seoul”, Seongsu-dong district, Seoul Forest is just in the neighborhood. It was opened in 2005 and consists of 5 parks.
You can expect different parks to provide a different healing nature experience. The Eco Park for example is part of Seoul Forest Park and is home to deer and other forest animals. You can picnic while enjoying Autumn foliage here and easily fill up a whole day visiting the various parks.
Seoul Forest Address
- 서울숲, 서울 성동구 뚝섬로 273 (Google Maps)
- Seoul Forest, 273 Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
3. Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원)
Okay, the Garden of Morning Calm is not exactly in Seoul, but it is an achievable day trip from Seoul. It is a 3-hour drive from Seoul. This tranquil arboretum is privately owned and you’ll gasp when you see this perfectly manicured marvel in person. It’s absolutely stunning.
This is definitely a place I’d highly recommend anyone to visit, especially if you’re visiting South Korea and Seoul in the Autumn. The Autumn foliage is jaw-dropping here. Imagine rows of magnificent lush forests of pine nut trees, stunning scenic walkways, and an incredible variety of plants. You’ll need to pay for entry, but it is entirely worth it.
Instead of DIYing your visit, I’d recommend booking a guided tour of Garden of Morning Calm and Nami Island via Klook. This sorts out your transportation helps you skip the queue for admission and makes things easier. I personally experienced the tour and had a great experience. Both of which are perfect places to visit with healing vibes between September and November.
Garden of Morning Calm Address
- 아침고요수목원, 경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432 (Google Maps)
- Garden of Morning Calm, 432 Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
4. Yeouido Hangang Park (여의도한강공원)
Yeouido Hangang Park is by far one of the most accessible parks you’ll find in Seoul to admire the fall foliage. It’s easy to get to and situated right in the middle of Seoul’s Central Business District. The nearest subway is Yeouinaru Station on Seoul Subway Line 5 or “Purple Line”.
If you love relaxing by the River, Yeouido Hangang Park also offers splendid views of the Han River. It is a spacious park, so no worries about crowds here. It is especially remarkable in the evening when golden hour hits the reddening and yellowing leaves of trees in the park in Autumn. Gorgeous, gorgeous girls, you’ll love this backdrop for your photos.
Yeouido Hangang Park Address
- 여의도한강공원, 서울시 영등포구 여의동로 330 (Google Maps)
- Yeouido Hangang Park, 330 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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