If Japan is popular with its cherry blossom season in Spring, then South Korea’s main attraction is their golden fallen leaves and autumn flowers in Fall.
Have you wondered what to do in South Korea this October? If you are planning for your autumn’s vacation, then I highly recommend you to choose South Korea for your next destination this Autumn. The most beautiful places to enjoy the fall season are Jade Garden, Mount Seorak, and Nami Island.
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Many of popular Korean dramas are shot in Jade Garden, such as ‘That Winter, the Wind Blows’ actored by Jo In Sung & Song Hye Kyo, also the famous ‘Love Rain’ by Jang Geun Suk & Yoona.
Jade Garden is designed from the theme ‘Small Europe in the Forest’, and you may choose from three different walking courses, 2 hours in length each around it.
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The opening hours are 09:00-Sunset, and the last admission is 1 hour before closing. Please aware that the hours may change depending on weather condition.
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In Korea, we call this mountain as Seoraksan, also usually referred to as Seolsan and Seolbongsan. According to source, ‘Seol’ meaning ‘snow’ and ‘Ak’ meaning ‘big mountain’ (Seorak) because the snow would not melt for a long time keeping the rocks in a permanent state of white.
There is a big Buddha Statue here in the park as well, named Sinheungsa, sometimes spelled Shinheungsa. Sinheungsa is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism located in Seoraksan National Park. While you are here, you can burnt some incense and have your prayers. You can take a cable car to reach the mountain across, and if you keep on climbing, you will reach the Top of Seoraksan.
If you are from Seoul, you can take Seoul Express Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Sokcho, it takes around 2hr 30min of travel time. you can click here for bus schedule. Then, took Sokcho Express / Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus no. 7 or 7-1, get off at Sogongwon bus stop (45min travel time).
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Can you resist this kind of beauty? I can’t! Yes, Nami Island is popular with its golden fallen leaves, which was shown in most dramas. However, these golden leaves and fiery red leaves could only be found in the late October or early November.
Here is some instruction if you travel to Nami Island from Seoul:
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After you arrive at the entrance gate, you need to take a ferry to across Nami Island. Here is the Ferry Schedule
07:30-09:00 (30min intervals)
09:00-18:00 (10-20min intervals)
18:00-21:40 (30min intervals)
There are restaurants and cafe in the island also statues, so you could chill out while enjoying the view and Nami Island atmosphere. There are pretty much nothing to do in Nami Island, but to enjoy the scenery and fresh breeze.
I hope you could witness the beauty of Autumn in South Korea.