Korea in Autumn

You’ll FALL in Love With Seoul in Autumn!

It’s no secret, September to November are my favorite months to travel. Apart from these months having the most holidays in the Philippines, it also happens to be my birthday month (November). And lucky for me, they line up pretty well with my favorite season, which is autumn! (At least for countries in the northern hemisphere)

The last time I went to Seoul was about 5 years ago. It was also around November, but it felt closer to winter than fall. I’m glad that this time around, I was able to see the fall colors of the trees.

If you love autumn colors as much as I do, here are some places you should definitely visit the next time you’re in Seoul during fall:

Gyeongbokgung Palace

This place is probably the first thing tourists visit when they’re in Seoul. It’s look huge from the outside, but you won’t really comprehend it’s grandeur until you get inside. It has numerous structures surrounded by trees and gardens, which is perfect for the autumn season!

Gyeongbokgung Palace Fall Leaves
Gyeongbokgung Fambam
Gyeongbokgung Palace siblings

Pro-tip: If you can, go at either 10 am or 2 pm so you can experience the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. Visit one of the little booths near the front entrance to try on guards costumes for FREE – this is only available for about 30 minutes after each ceremony.

Gyeongbokgung Palace Parents
Gyeongbokgung Palace Guards Costume
Gyeongbokgung Palace Guards Costume

N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower, perched right at the top of Namsan Mountain, offers the best views of the city. The last time I was in Seoul, I visited N Seoul Tower at night so I wasn’t able to see any foliage. (I also celebrated my 24th birthday there!) This time around, we went early in the morning and got great views of the trees on the mountain.

N Seoul Tower Shadow
N Seoul Tower Fambam
N Seoul Tower Gazebo

Pro-tip: Use the panorama feature on your phone to capture the entire tower! However, do it slowly or else you’ll get a crooked tower.

Mom and Dad at N Seoul Tower
Pao at N Seoul Tower
Trish at N Seoul Tower

Changdeokgung Palace

This is another palace that is flocked by tourists. It’s slightly smaller than Gyeungbokgung, but still pretty majestic. It also has a lot of really pretty trees you can take photos of/with!

Changdeokgung Palace Mom Pam Pao
Changdeokgung Palace Trish
Changdeokgung Palace Pam

Pro-tip: Walk towards the back (Northwest corner) instead of following the crowds towards the east. This part of the palace seems to be under-appreciated/overlooked at times.

Changdeokgung Palace Fambam
Changdeokgung Palace Inner Places
Changdeokgung Palace Trish 2

Nami Island

If you don’t have enough time to visit other places outside of Seoul (Jeju Island, Busan, or Mount Seorak), consider taking day trip to visit Nami Island. It’s just 1.5 hours away from Seoul and is probably one of the best places to visit during autumn. The entire island is full of trees and you’ll see so much different colors — from green to yellow, orange, and even red!

Fambam in Nami 3
Fambam in Nami 2
Trish Nami

Pro-tip: Move towards the water to get shots without tourists. Most people stay along the path, so if you want photos without people in the background, walk further away from the walkways.

Trish Between Trees in Nami
Nami Island Trees
Trish Enters Woods in Nami

Writing this post just made me miss Seoul, even if I was just there a few days ago. If you’re planning on visiting Korea, consider going sometime between October and November to experience peak foliage. But generally, Seoul is beautiful anytime of the year. So yeah, just go whenever you feel like it. Happy Seoul-searching! *badum tss* (I didn’t know how to end the post, so that will have to do)

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