1. Walk through romantic autumn foliage in Korea

You would have seen it in those romantic Korean dramas where the main leads walk side by side through the romantic autumn foliage in Korea. This is a must do thing if you visit Korea during the autumn season. Of course, a photo taken with the autumn foliage in the background is definitely top of the list! Here are some popular sites for beautiful and romantic autumn foliage:

Into the mountains for an array of autumn foliage:

Gangwon Province: Seoraksan Mountain, Odaesan Mountain

Jeollanam-do Province: Jirisan Mountain

Jeollabuk-do Province: Naejangsan Mountain, Daedunsan Mountain

Gyeongsangbuk-do Province: Juwangsan Mountain

Not going too far?

Here are some recommended autumn foliage destinations in or around Seoul:

Deoksugung Palace & Deoksugung Doldam-gil (stone-wall road)

Seoul Forest

Namsan Park & Namsan Cable Car

Popular Korean drama filming sites which are beautiful during autumn:

Korea Folk Village, Yongin city in Gyeonggi-do Province

Nami Island, Chuncheon city in Gangwon Province

Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeonju city in Jeollabuk-do Province

Gwanghallu Pavilion, Namwon city in Jeollabuk-do Province

 

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

2. Check out the field of sliver grass (eoksae) in Korea

Be different! Instead of the shades of yellow, orange and red of autumn foilage why not check out the field of sliver grass in Korea? As temperature cool, eoksae (sliver grass) turned into a beautiful slivery color. The large, iridescent tassel-like plumes standing tall are truly one of nature’s many wonders! Swaying and dancing in the breeze, eoksae dramatically transform the many mountains and hilltops throughout the nation.

Recommended destinations for sliver grass fields:

Haneul Park in Seoul city

Myeongseongsan Mountain, Pocheon city in Gyeonggi-do Province

Mindungsan Mountain, Jeongseon county in Gangwon-do Province

Oseosan Mountain, Boryeong city in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Sangumburi Crater, Jeju city in Jeju Island

Ttarabi Crater, Seogwipo city in Jeju Island

 

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

3. Must try yummy autumn season food in Korea!

For each of Korea’s four distinct seasons, a different set of foods takes center stage in Korea’s culinary scene. Autumn marks the season of the nation’s three most popular kinds of seafood: blue crabs, jumbo shrimp (prawns), and gizzard shad. On land, the best fall seasonal foods include flavourful and nutritious pine mushrooms (songi in Korean) and sweet persimmon.
Recommended places to go hunting for these autumn season food:

Sea-caught blue crabs and jumbo prawns

Anmyeondo Island, Taean county in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Sinjindo Island, Taean county in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Daecheonhang Port & Daecheon Beach, Boryeong city in Chungcheongnam-
do Province

Namdanghang Port, Hongseong county in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Sea-caught gizzard shad

Muchangpo Beach, Boryeong city in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Yulpo Beach, Boseong county in Jeollanam-do Province

Yeosu Specialty Seafood Market & Yeosu Passenger Terminal, Yeosu city in
Jeollanam-do Province

Hongwon Port, Seocheon county in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Pine mushroom

Bonghwa county in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province

Yangyang county in Gangwon-do Province

Ujin county in Gyeongsangbuk-do

 

Chestnut

Chestnut are harvested in Korea during autumn. After harvesting, these chestnuts make their way onto the street as vendors start popping up during autumn with their cart roasting the chestnuts. This popular snack is known as roasted chestnut or in Korean “gunbam

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

4. Participate in these autumn harvesting festivals!

Temperature starts to drop in Korea as September rolls around, bringing gentle breeze and providing just the perfect atmosphere to travel. As autumn is a season of harvest, festivals during this time of year offer plenty to eat. Don’t miss out on this opportunity fully embrace some of the most fascinating elements of Korean history, culture, arts, and food at any one of the following festivals!

Harvesting Rice

Gimje Horizon Festival at Gimje city in Jeollabuk-do Province
Icheon Rice Cultural Festival at Icheon city in Gyeonggi-do Province

Harvesting Ginseng

Yeongju Punggi Insam Festival at Yeongju city in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province

Harvesting Pine Mushroom

Bonghwa Pine Mushroom Festival at Bonghwa county in Gyeongsangbuk-do
Yangyang Songi Festival at Yangyang county in Gangwon Province

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

5. Try Gimjang (kimchi making)

Gimjang (kimchi making) is the traditional process of preparation and preservation of kimchi, the spicy Korean fermented vegetable dish. Gimjang, has long been an important family ritual for Koreans to prepare for the long and harsh winter and is often a family affair during the autumn in preparation before the winter kicks in.

So do join in to learn about gimjang especially together as a family and you will be sure to learn about the fun and have some family bonding time just like the Koreans.

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

Korean fruits in season you can’t afford to miss!

Korea is famous for her persimmon, pear (Naju pear) and mandarin (Jeju Hallabong)! There are also a range of food products made from these local produce which are available and cheaper in Korea. This is also the season for you to pick them yourself, learn about the fruits, bring home the freshest fruits and try a range of products made from the fruits.

Did you know?

Persimmon is a major autumn fruit in Korea. Depending on the level of processing, it is called by different names: hongsi refers to persimmon ripe to a color of yellow- orange or dark red-orange with no astringent taste; gotgam is persimmon peeled and dried under the sun and the wind; and bansi is seedless persimmon. Persimmon is high in vitamins A, B, and C, and minerals. The fruit is particularly good for the skin and for getting over a hangover. The fruit is also highly effective for stopping diarrhea-related symptoms, so most advise against consuming persimmons in large quantities to prevent blockage.

Freshly picked persimmon can have an astringent flavor. But over time, it will ripe and becomes sweet, and its color will transition to a deep orange. This fruit is mostly eaten as it is without cooking. Hongsi can be frozen and eaten in shaved form or like an ice-cream. It is also enjoyed as a jam or in a salad.

Korean pear or Naju pear is large, smooth, round and resembles a golden apple. It is named Naju pear as Naju city in Jeollanam-do Province is the birthplace of the pears. It is low in calories and contains good source of vitamin C and fiber. There is even a special Naju Pear Museum in the city dedicated to the fruit, to study and promote the fruit.

Hallabong is a citrus hybrid that began growing in Jeju island in 1998. The fruit is named after the Hallasan Mountain (tallest mountain in South Korea at 1950m) located in Jeju island. It is recognised by its protruding bump on its top and is a high quality fruit known to be juicy and soft.

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

7. Make that fashion statement this autumn in Korea!

Korea’s autumn falls in the month of September, October and November as temperature gets cooler. Temperature during autumn in Korea usual span between an average 20 °C in September to 5°C in November. As it is cooling, this is the best time to get out that trendy trench coat kept in your cupboard and make the streets in Korea your fashion runway!

8. Just the right weather to hike, cycle or walk that trails

When can be the best time to go outdoor other than autumn? Companying a cooler temperature and beautiful autumn foliage, autumn is the best seasons to participate in such outdoor activities. This can be seen with Koreans who enjoyed hiking, cycling and trekking, where special interest groups or clubs organized trips to hike, cycle and trek.

Here are some recommendations if you are an active outdoor person:

Hiking/Trekking

With 70% of land mass covered with mountains, it is no doubt one of Korean’s favourite pastime is to go hiking/trekking up the mountains. Here are some popular mountains for hiking during the autumn seasons:

Daedunsan Mountain in Jeollabuk-do Province

Jirisan Mountain in Jeollanam-do Province

Juwangsan Mountain in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province

Myeongseongsan Mountain, Pocheon city in Gyeonggi-do Province

Mindungsan Mountain, Jeongseon county in Gangwon-do Province

Naejangsan Mountain in Jeollabuk-do Province

Odaesan Mountain in Gangwon Province

Seoraksan Mountain in Gangwon Province

If mountain hiking/trekking is not something you are looking for why not check out the Jeju Olle Trail. Olle is a Jeju dialect for a narrow pathway that connects the street to the front gate of a house. The Jeju Olle Trail is possibility the best way to explore Jeju Island on foot through hidden and unexplored regions in the hilly and mountainous areas and small islands.

Cycling

South Korea has an extensive cycling route across the nations which are located along rivers and connects from Seoul all the way to Busan, whereas on Jeju Island, the cycling route is around the island. If you are a fan of cycling, do check out the cycling routes in Korea.

For more information about the cycling routes in Korea, visit https://www.bike.go.kr/en.

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

9. Check out the beautiful lit Lantern or Firework Festivals in Korea

With longer night time and mild weather, autumn is the definitely the ideal season to showcase beautifully lit lanterns and firework festivals when the sun set early.

The lantern festivals in Korea are different from Singapore where we carry lanterns around. The lantern festivals in Korea showcase a range of giant lantern displays which set shutterbugs go clicking on their cameras.

Likewise, Firework Festivals are also specially planned during the autumn season to tap on the benefits of the season.

Here are some of Korea lantern and firework festivals worth checking out:

Busan Fireworks Festival in Busan city

Jinju Namgang Yudeng (Lantern) Festival at Jinju city in Gyeongsangnam-do Province

Seoul Lantern Festival in Seoul city

Seoul International Fireworks Festival in Seoul city

Did you know?

Busan is famous for the annual Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)? This year it is happening between 3 – 12 October. If you are visiting Busan during this period, be sure to check out the star-studded event.

10. Feast with freshly harvested ingredients

Autumn is the season where harvesting kicks in, food themed festivals start springing up across the nation showcasing the agriculture produce from various farms. Given the harvesting period, this is the best time to feast in Korea as fresh ingredients are plentiful. What is better is to simply visit any of the recommended food festivals below to try the best of the best across the nation:

Namdo Food Festival at Gangjin county in Jeollanam-do Province
Jeonju Bibimbap Festival at Jeonju city in Jeollabuk-do Province
Wanju Wild Food Festival at Wanju county in Jeollabuk-do Province

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1. Walk through romantic autumn foliage in Korea

You would have seen it in those romantic Korean dramas where the main leads walk side by side through the romantic autumn foliage in Korea. This is a must do thing if you visit Korea during the autumn season. Of course, a photo taken with the autumn foliage in the background is definitely top of the list! Here are some popular sites for beautiful and romantic autumn foliage:

Into the mountains for an array of autumn foliage:

Gangwon Province: Seoraksan Mountain, Odaesan Mountain

Jeollanam-do Province: Jirisan Mountain

Jeollabuk-do Province: Naejangsan Mountain, Daedunsan Mountain

Gyeongsangbuk-do Province: Juwangsan Mountain

Not going too far?

Here are some recommended autumn foliage destinations in or around Seoul:

Deoksugung Palace & Deoksugung Doldam-gil (stone-wall road)

Seoul Forest

Namsan Park & Namsan Cable Car

Popular Korean drama filming sites which are beautiful during autumn:

Korea Folk Village, Yongin city in Gyeonggi-do Province

Nami Island, Chuncheon city in Gangwon Province

Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeonju city in Jeollabuk-do Province

Gwanghallu Pavilion, Namwon city in Jeollabuk-do Province

 

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

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2. Check out the field of sliver grass (eoksae) in Korea

Be different! Instead of the shades of yellow, orange and red of autumn foilage why not check out the field of sliver grass in Korea? As temperature cool, eoksae (sliver grass) turned into a beautiful slivery color. The large, iridescent tassel-like plumes standing tall are truly one of nature’s many wonders! Swaying and dancing in the breeze, eoksae dramatically transform the many mountains and hilltops throughout the nation.

Recommended destinations for sliver grass fields:

Haneul Park in Seoul city

Myeongseongsan Mountain, Pocheon city in Gyeonggi-do Province

Mindungsan Mountain, Jeongseon county in Gangwon-do Province

Oseosan Mountain, Boryeong city in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Sangumburi Crater, Jeju city in Jeju Island

Ttarabi Crater, Seogwipo city in Jeju Island

 

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

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3. Must try yummy autumn season food in Korea!

For each of Korea’s four distinct seasons, a different set of foods takes center stage in Korea’s culinary scene. Autumn marks the season of the nation’s three most popular kinds of seafood: blue crabs, jumbo shrimp (prawns), and gizzard shad. On land, the best fall seasonal foods include flavourful and nutritious pine mushrooms (songi in Korean) and sweet persimmon.
Recommended places to go hunting for these autumn season food:

Sea-caught blue crabs and jumbo prawns

Anmyeondo Island, Taean county in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Sinjindo Island, Taean county in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Daecheonhang Port & Daecheon Beach, Boryeong city in Chungcheongnam-
do Province

Namdanghang Port, Hongseong county in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Sea-caught gizzard shad

Muchangpo Beach, Boryeong city in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Yulpo Beach, Boseong county in Jeollanam-do Province

Yeosu Specialty Seafood Market & Yeosu Passenger Terminal, Yeosu city in
Jeollanam-do Province

Hongwon Port, Seocheon county in Chungcheongnam-do Province

Pine mushroom

Bonghwa county in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province

Yangyang county in Gangwon-do Province

Ujin county in Gyeongsangbuk-do

 

Chestnut

Chestnut are harvested in Korea during autumn. After harvesting, these chestnuts make their way onto the street as vendors start popping up during autumn with their cart roasting the chestnuts. This popular snack is known as roasted chestnut or in Korean “gunbam

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

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4. Participate in these autumn harvesting festivals!

Temperature starts to drop in Korea as September rolls around, bringing gentle breeze and providing just the perfect atmosphere to travel. As autumn is a season of harvest, festivals during this time of year offer plenty to eat. Don’t miss out on this opportunity fully embrace some of the most fascinating elements of Korean history, culture, arts, and food at any one of the following festivals!

Harvesting Rice

Gimje Horizon Festival at Gimje city in Jeollabuk-do Province
Icheon Rice Cultural Festival at Icheon city in Gyeonggi-do Province

Harvesting Ginseng

Yeongju Punggi Insam Festival at Yeongju city in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province

Harvesting Pine Mushroom

Bonghwa Pine Mushroom Festival at Bonghwa county in Gyeongsangbuk-do
Yangyang Songi Festival at Yangyang county in Gangwon Province

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

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5. Try Gimjang (kimchi making)

Gimjang (kimchi making) is the traditional process of preparation and preservation of kimchi, the spicy Korean fermented vegetable dish. Gimjang, has long been an important family ritual for Koreans to prepare for the long and harsh winter and is often a family affair during the autumn in preparation before the winter kicks in.

So do join in to learn about gimjang especially together as a family and you will be sure to learn about the fun and have some family bonding time just like the Koreans.

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

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Korean fruits in season you can’t afford to miss!

Korea is famous for her persimmon, pear (Naju pear) and mandarin (Jeju Hallabong)! There are also a range of food products made from these local produce which are available and cheaper in Korea. This is also the season for you to pick them yourself, learn about the fruits, bring home the freshest fruits and try a range of products made from the fruits.

Did you know?

Persimmon is a major autumn fruit in Korea. Depending on the level of processing, it is called by different names: hongsi refers to persimmon ripe to a color of yellow- orange or dark red-orange with no astringent taste; gotgam is persimmon peeled and dried under the sun and the wind; and bansi is seedless persimmon. Persimmon is high in vitamins A, B, and C, and minerals. The fruit is particularly good for the skin and for getting over a hangover. The fruit is also highly effective for stopping diarrhea-related symptoms, so most advise against consuming persimmons in large quantities to prevent blockage.

Freshly picked persimmon can have an astringent flavor. But over time, it will ripe and becomes sweet, and its color will transition to a deep orange. This fruit is mostly eaten as it is without cooking. Hongsi can be frozen and eaten in shaved form or like an ice-cream. It is also enjoyed as a jam or in a salad.

Korean pear or Naju pear is large, smooth, round and resembles a golden apple. It is named Naju pear as Naju city in Jeollanam-do Province is the birthplace of the pears. It is low in calories and contains good source of vitamin C and fiber. There is even a special Naju Pear Museum in the city dedicated to the fruit, to study and promote the fruit.

Hallabong is a citrus hybrid that began growing in Jeju island in 1998. The fruit is named after the Hallasan Mountain (tallest mountain in South Korea at 1950m) located in Jeju island. It is recognised by its protruding bump on its top and is a high quality fruit known to be juicy and soft.

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

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7. Make that fashion statement this autumn in Korea!

Korea’s autumn falls in the month of September, October and November as temperature gets cooler. Temperature during autumn in Korea usual span between an average 20 °C in September to 5°C in November. As it is cooling, this is the best time to get out that trendy trench coat kept in your cupboard and make the streets in Korea your fashion runway!

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8. Just the right weather to hike, cycle or walk that trails

When can be the best time to go outdoor other than autumn? Companying a cooler temperature and beautiful autumn foliage, autumn is the best seasons to participate in such outdoor activities. This can be seen with Koreans who enjoyed hiking, cycling and trekking, where special interest groups or clubs organized trips to hike, cycle and trek.

Here are some recommendations if you are an active outdoor person:

Hiking/Trekking

With 70% of land mass covered with mountains, it is no doubt one of Korean’s favourite pastime is to go hiking/trekking up the mountains. Here are some popular mountains for hiking during the autumn seasons:

Daedunsan Mountain in Jeollabuk-do Province

Jirisan Mountain in Jeollanam-do Province

Juwangsan Mountain in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province

Myeongseongsan Mountain, Pocheon city in Gyeonggi-do Province

Mindungsan Mountain, Jeongseon county in Gangwon-do Province

Naejangsan Mountain in Jeollabuk-do Province

Odaesan Mountain in Gangwon Province

Seoraksan Mountain in Gangwon Province

If mountain hiking/trekking is not something you are looking for why not check out the Jeju Olle Trail. Olle is a Jeju dialect for a narrow pathway that connects the street to the front gate of a house. The Jeju Olle Trail is possibility the best way to explore Jeju Island on foot through hidden and unexplored regions in the hilly and mountainous areas and small islands.

Cycling

South Korea has an extensive cycling route across the nations which are located along rivers and connects from Seoul all the way to Busan, whereas on Jeju Island, the cycling route is around the island. If you are a fan of cycling, do check out the cycling routes in Korea.

For more information about the cycling routes in Korea, visit https://www.bike.go.kr/en.

Did you know?

Some of the listed places are carefully planned in our partners’ tour packages. Check them out here to find out more!

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9. Check out the beautiful lit Lantern or Firework Festivals in Korea

With longer night time and mild weather, autumn is the definitely the ideal season to showcase beautifully lit lanterns and firework festivals when the sun set early.

The lantern festivals in Korea are different from Singapore where we carry lanterns around. The lantern festivals in Korea showcase a range of giant lantern displays which set shutterbugs go clicking on their cameras.

Likewise, Firework Festivals are also specially planned during the autumn season to tap on the benefits of the season.

Here are some of Korea lantern and firework festivals worth checking out:

Busan Fireworks Festival in Busan city

Jinju Namgang Yudeng (Lantern) Festival at Jinju city in Gyeongsangnam-do Province

Seoul Lantern Festival in Seoul city

Seoul International Fireworks Festival in Seoul city

Did you know?

Busan is famous for the annual Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)? This year it is happening between 3 – 12 October. If you are visiting Busan during this period, be sure to check out the star-studded event.

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10. Feast with freshly harvested ingredients

Autumn is the season where harvesting kicks in, food themed festivals start springing up across the nation showcasing the agriculture produce from various farms. Given the harvesting period, this is the best time to feast in Korea as fresh ingredients are plentiful. What is better is to simply visit any of the recommended food festivals below to try the best of the best across the nation:

Namdo Food Festival at Gangjin county in Jeollanam-do Province
Jeonju Bibimbap Festival at Jeonju city in Jeollabuk-do Province
Wanju Wild Food Festival at Wanju county in Jeollabuk-do Province