Autumn, autumn, why art thou so fleeting? It is only with the changing leaves, we know you’re just as sweet as summer. There’s nothing more comforting than curling up with a warm cup of cocoa or walking closer to your lover to prevent the cold from nipping your hands. Soothing is breathing in the crisp air that sets upon on the town in the morning as the sun slowly peaks above the mountains.
This marvelous season deserves an entire ballad on its dreaminess, but alas, I’ve come to show you instead. Korea boasts fascinating foliage so you don’t want to miss out while the season is in peak. Check out these romantic autumn date spots in Korea that are sure to put you and your honey in a passionate mood.
If you’re tired of Seoul getting all the hype, Gyeongju should be your next stop. Once the heart of political and historical Korea, Gyeongju has a lot to offer in terms dating. You can take strolls around Bulguksa Temple wearing hanbok and admire the many lanterns strung up in honor of Buddha. With many UNESCO treasures to oogle, you’ll be feeling like royalty after eating Ssambap and sightseeing.
Located on the east side of Seoul, there’s always something going on at Olympic Park be it Kpop concerts, meet-ups or events. The place that once hosted the 1988 Olympics has its charms for sweethearts taking a walk, having a picnic or renting a twofer bike to pedal about. I highly recommend bringing your own food and drinks because the ones there are a bit overpriced. Don’t miss the rose garden and seasonal flowers in bloom while you’re there.
Who can miss this phenomenal palace? Spring and Autumn are the best times to go because the vegetation strategically placed around the grounds make it a relaxing walk. You have easy access to the sensational Secret Garden (for a price). Once used as the hub by the king and his consorts, this oasis was a secluded corner to drink, study, or have shenanigans. Nowadays, it’s more of a peaceful walk and who doesn’t love a good atmosphere?
Grab your best walking shoes because there’s a lot to see in a small space with so little time. Go early so you can have enough time to rent the prettiest hanbok and walk around the hanok village. If you get hungry you and your lovely can eat fried squid on a stick and enjoy Jeonju’s famous chocopies. The best foods to try are Jeonju bibimbap and makgeolli.
As one of the top spots to see foliage in Korea, you absolutely cannot skip this. Jaw-dropping beauty awaits you as the crimson shines bright like a diamond. In the park, you’ll encounter Baekyangsa Temple and there’s an option for a temple stay. Nothing sets the mood like mountains, maroons, and nature. Located on the southeast side of the peninsula, the 76,032 sq. km plot will leave you with more visual hangovers than you anticipated.
Safia from Nomad Junkies recommends Namhansanseong, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to experience the changing colors of the leaves in the mountains and smell fresh air away from bustling Seoul. It’s a provincial park located around 45 minutes by public transport making it a perfect destination for a quick escapade. For people who love trekking, this fortress city is a beautiful hiking spot with a very rich history dating back to the 7th Century. It could be described as the mini-Korean version of the Great Wall. The whole trek is about 7km, along a mural that connects various gates and takes roughly 3 to 4 hours to complete. From one of the highest point and on a clear day it’s possible to catch a panoramic view of Seoul and nearby Incheon. Namhansanseong is best enjoyed with a blanket, Soju and some gimbap for a little improvised picnic in one of the more secluded part of the park with a view of the surrounding mountains.
The next time you’re wondering where to go on a fine Autumn day, don’t just go for hot cocoa. Take in the great outdoors, enjoy the leaves, and breathe in the fresh air. Indulge in historical masterpieces and treasures and make your boring day into something special.