Autumn in South Korea - The Hollapinos
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(Last Updated On: October 7, 2020)

For our first anniversary as a couple, Mike and I decided to travel during autumn in South Korea. I am thankful that Mike agreed to travel in South Korea in autumn since I grew up watching Korean TV series where I get to appreciate the colorful foliage during this season.

Not all countries have 4 seasons like South Korea so if you come from a place that does not experience autumn, this guide will help you on how to prepare for your trip.

When is autumn in South Korea?

Autumn or fall is the season after summer. During autumn in South Korea, the temperature drops from 0 degrees to 15 degrees Celsius. Jeju Island had a temperature as low as 4 degrees Celsius while Seoul is at 10 degrees when we visited in late October.

Autumn is the transition from summer to winter. Due to temperature drop, the leaves of the trees change its color and eventually fall. Because of the cool weather and the lovely autumn foliage, autumn for me is the best time to visit Korea. Autumn months in South Korea is from September to November. 

When should I visit autumn in South Korea?

The best months to see the autumn leaves in South Korea are in late September and early October. You can still see autumn leaves by late October to November but most of them have fallen on the ground so NO BUENO!

Its peak season is only for almost 2 weeks and if you will ask when does the peak of autumn start in South Korea, it depends on the location. The first autumn foliage in South Korea starts in Seoraksan National Park by late September then the last foliage starts in Hallasan National Park by mid-October.

Again, they only last for 2 weeks per location so plan your trip to South Korea ahead of time and make sure you visit during its peak season.

Joining a group travel tour in South Korea


What clothes to wear in Korea in autumn?

Autumn is the perfect season to dress up especially wearing high cut boots! As I have experienced, you can wear anything as long as you have the 3 essentials: thermal long sleeve shirt, thermal leggings, and gloves.

Then you can experiment with what to wear on top of them. I also noticed that I still feel comfortable even if I did not wear my thermal leggings. Jeans for the bottom is enough as long as I wear my thermal long sleeve shirt and gloves.

I tried to switch it, not wearing the thermal long sleeve shirt then wear the thermal leggings, I swear my knitted sweater was not enough. Other autumn outfits I packed in South Korea are bubble jacket, fleece coat and jacket, trench coat, scarf, bonnet, and boots.

It was fun shopping and wearing autumn clothes but not packing them. I struggled on how to fit everything in my luggage as they are bulky.

Where can I see autumn leaves in South Korea?

While waiting for our flight to Jeju Island in Gimpo, Mike and I decided to stroll at a park in front of the Gimpo International Airport. The park already has lovely foliage but the best places to go see the autumn leaves in South Korea are in the National Parks.

8 National Parks to see the autumn leaves in South Korea

1. Seoraksan National Park

It is home to the third-highest mountain in Korea, Mount Seorak. Seoraksan National Park is a favorite hiking destination known for its cliffs and jagged ridges.

Location: Gangwon-do, Sokcho-si, Seoraksan-ro

Best time to see the autumn leaves: Early October to Mid-October

Seoraksan National Park tours: click to book the Breathtaking Autumn at Seoraksan National Park Tour or browse all tours to Seoraksan National Park with Viator

Seoraksan National Park
Seoraksan National Park photo by Mirko Blicke on Unsplash

2. Odaesan National Park

Odaesan National Park is home to Mount Odaesan meaning Five Plains Mountain because of the five plains between its five major peaks.

Location: Odaesan-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do

Best time to see the autumn leaves: Early October to Mid-October

Odaesan National Park tour: click to book the Odaesan National Park hiking day tour: Explore Autumn foliage Korea

3. Jirisan National Park

It is the largest national park in South Korea. Jirisan National Park is home to the Jiri mountain and located on the boundaries of three provinces namely Jeollanam-do, Jeollabuk-do, and Gyeongsangnam-do.

Location: Daeseong-ri, Hwagae-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

Best time to see the autumn leaves: Early October to Late October

Jirisan National Park tour: click to book the Jiri-san 2N/3D Traverse Hike Tour

Autumn in South Korea - The Hollapinos


4. Gyeryeongsan National Park

The Gyeryeongsan National Park is one of the smallest parks in South Korea that got its name because it looks like a dragon with a rooster’s head.

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Location: Banpo-myeon, Gongju-si

Best time to see the autumn leaves: Mid-October to Late October

5. Daedunsan Provincial Park

Daedunsan Provincial Park is home to the rocky Daedun Mountain with a dramatic view of the Korean countryside. Hiking to the summit is optional as you can ride a cable car to the peak then cross the Geumgang Gureum Suspension Bridge after your hike.

Location: Sanbuk-ri, Unju-myeon, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do

Best time to see the autumn leaves: Mid-October to Late October

6. Naejangsan National Park

One of the most beautiful national parks, the Naejangsan National Park is the perfect place to see the autumn leaves in South Korea with a pavilion surrounded by a lake and a temple placed within its grounds.

Location: Naejangsan-ro, Naejang-dong, Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do

Best time to see the autumn leaves: Late October to Mid-November

Naejangsan National Park tours: click to book the Magnificent Naejangsan National Park Autumn Foliage Tour from Seoul or click to see other Naejangsan National Park tours with Viator

7. Gyeongju National Park

The Gyeongju National Park is the only historical national park in South Korea with well-preserved artifacts of the Silla dynasty harmonized with the natural landscape.

Location: Cheonbungnam-ro, Bodeok-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Best time to see the autumn leaves: Mid-October to Early November

Gyeongju National Park tour: click to book the Full-Day Gyeongju Tour From Busan

8. Hallasan National Park

It is home to the highest peak in South Korea, Mount Hallasan. The Hallasan National Park is one of the UNESCO World Heritage in South Korea.

Location: Odeung-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Best time to see the autumn leaves: Mid-October to Early November

Hallasan National Park tour: click to book the Off the Beaten Path – Hallasan Mountain Trail Trekking Tour

Click to read our Hiking Mount Hallasan in Jeju Island Guide

Almost done descending Mount Hallasan

Is it more expensive to visit in autumn in South Korea?

During autumn, the airfare and hotel rooms are more affordable in South Korea. There are fewer tourists too compared during the summer months when the hotel room prices would skyrocket.

Just avoid visiting during Chuseok or the Korean Thanksgiving Day in mid-September as rates are likely to increase and tourists to flock due to the holiday. In general, travelling to South Korea is cheaper during autumn, winter, and spring as Seoul is packed with tourists during summer.

The price calendar below shows the airfare to Seoul. Click below on the month that you like to book the cheapest flight to South Korea.

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Are you ready for your trip to South Korea?

Use our travel resources below in planning your trip to South Korea.

Book South Korea Autumn Tour

Enjoy a hassle-free 10 days South Korea autumn tour. The tour includes a visit to Jeonju, Mt.Naejangsan, Mt.Seorak, Mungyeong, Jeju, and Busan in early November, domestic flights of Busan to Jeju and Jeju to Gimpo, accommodations in 3 or 4-star hotel in Sokcho, Seoul, Jeonju, Jeju and Busan, daily breakfast and a lot more. Click to book the South Korea 10 days autumn tour.

Get a pocket Wi-Fi

Download the KakaoMap in your phone for travel directions going around South Korea then rent a pocket Wi-Fi device so you can use the KakaoMap anywhere in South Korea. We booked a pocket Wi-Fi in advance and save money than using roaming data.

A pocket Wi-Fi costs $2 per day and can support up to 5 devices compared to roaming data that costs at least $10 per day for 1 device only. Click to book your pocket Wi-Fi with airport pickup.

Shop Autumn Clothes

Level up your autumn OOTD in South Korea! Click to shop Amazon Autumn Fashion!

Conclusion

And that’s it! I hope this helps in planning your trip to South Korea during autumn.

Do you like the autumn season too?


Travel planning resources

Flights: Jetradar compares airfares from airlines and travel agencies to help you book the best flight deals. Check with CheapOair too!

Accommodation: Book with Hotellook! It compares accommodation rates of several booking platforms like Booking.com, Zen, Agoda, Expedia, Hostelworld, Trip.com, Hotels.com to make sure you book the best price.

Book budget stays: Hostelworld

Book hotel rooms: Hotels.com

or book rooms with Booking.com or Agoda

Car Rental: Book the best prices and services with Rentalcars.com

Search using your phone: Download the Jetradar mobile app in iOS or Android to set price drop alerts on flights and compare accommodation and car rental rates

Tours: Get Your Guide or book with Klook and Viator (a TripAdvisor Company)

Bike and Scooter Rental: BikesBooking.com for motorcycle, scooter, quad, and bicycle rentals

Ferry: 12Go for ferry tickets in Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Philippines, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macao, and China.

And don’t forget travel insurance with World Nomads!

What to pack

Reusable Water Bottle: Nalgene

Immune Support: Airborne Chewables

Comfortable Walking Shoes: ON Sneakers

Waterproof Action Camera: GoPro Hero 7 White

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4 Comments

  1. South Korea sure is a very nice country to visit more so for K-Drama and K-Pop fans. But then that’s not the only reason why the many travelers visit the country, we know that South Korea is such a beautiful and wonderful country with many attraction to offer to it’s spectators.

    1. Hello there! We hope you are having a good day! You are correct about the beauty of South Korea.

      We visited South Korea because we wanted to celebrate our first anniversary together as a couple and we wanted to go somewhere that both of us had never been before. We couldn’t have been more happier with our decision to visit South Korea.

      We knew of K-Drama and K-Pop before our travel, but it wasn’t a factor in our decision to travel to South Korea. We loved South Korea for the natural beauty we experienced outside the busy cities, the culture and the people and the Korean Food; especially the
      Samgyeopsal! We were able to visit some iconic locations during our travels and take some wonderful pictures.

      The memories we made will last us a lifetime and we look forward to returning again someday to see more of what South Korea has to offer.

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The Author

Katie is a Software Quality Assurance Analyst by profession. She is also a dragon boat paddler, a Crossfit athlete, and a weightlifter by passion. She has travelled within Asia, Europe, and Micronesia before meeting Mike.

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