Autumn Festivals (September – November)
Every fall, sightseers flock to Korea’s beautiful rural destinations to enjoy the fiery colors of autumn. For international tourists, however, traveling to other regions in the autumn season is sometimes a bit more difficult. To enjoy the fall foliage without traveling far, plan a visit to one of the following sites, known as the best places to see rich fall foliage in the city.
Deoksugung Palace’s Stone-Wall Road
Also known as Jeongdong-gil road, Deoksugung Doldam-gil (Deoksugung Stone Wall Road) is a popular place for romantic strolls. This beautiful road is about 900 meters long and stretches from Deoksugung Palace by Seoul City Hall to Jeongdong Theater. In the fall, yellow ginkgo leaves add to the romantic ambience. There are numerous cultural sites along the way that make the trip all the more worthwhile.
Samcheongdong-gil Road runs from the stone wall road of Gyeongbokgung Palace to Samcheong-dong, passing through a variety of settings. The site is highly recommended in the fall, as the ginkgo trees paint the area with striking yellow hues. Sightseers can enjoy the palace, visit the National Folk Museum of Korea, and travel along the road through the autumn atmosphere. The street is lined with small galleries and shops selling paintings and accessories. With so much to see, a walk along Samcheongdong-gil Road will feel as if it has ended before it even started.
The routes that stretch from Namdaemun Market to Namsan Library and from Namsan Library down to Grand Hyatt Seoul offer a landscape rich in autumn colors, notably lined with dense forest areas. You can observe varying aspects of Seoul as you look down at the houses on the hill below.
As you walk up from Namdaemun Market to Namsan Park, you will also find a number of notable sites such as Namsan Library, and Namsan Botanical Garden. Follow the walking path from Namsan Library up the mountain for about 10 minutes and you will arrive at the popular Namsan Seoul Tower. Many couples visit to hang a love lock, signifying their promise to love each other forever. For a unique view of the fall foliage in Seoul, ride up in Namsan Cable Car, or visit the observation deck in Namsan Seoul Tower. The observatory has a glass façade and offers a panoramic view of the city. As the sun sets, sit at the café with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the dramatic cityscape from the tower.