Follow in the footsteps of Korean dramas while by enjoying the beautiful autumn foliage at these 3 best K-Drama filming locations!
Autumn in Korea is when the air turns crisp and cool and the leaves change color, making it the best time of the year to visit Korea.
For those who want to see these incredible fall colors, Korea’s foliage season is usually from October to November.
The peak fall foliage lasts up to 1 or 2 weeks, so it will be best for you to plan your leaf-peeping getaway early. 😉
1. “Goblin” – Odaesan Mountain, Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province
Do you remember the romantic scene where Gong Yoo (Kim Shin) and Kim Go-eun (Ji Eun-tak) took a stroll along the snow-covered fir-tree lined path in a magical forest from the “Goblin”?
Well, that’s the fir forest in Odaesan National Park, one of the most popular national parks in Korea, which is where you can admire breathtaking autumn leaves. If the winter weather is a bit too much to bear for you, visit the park during the fall foliage season when the weather is mild and the leaves turn to brilliant colors of red, orange and yellow!
| Getting to Odaesan Mountain: Gangbyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line No.2), Exit 4 – Dong Seoul Bus Terminal – Get off at Jinbu Intercity Bus Terminal – Take a bus bound for Sangwonsa (1 hr interval/40 min ride) – Get off at Woljeongsa Bus Stop – Walk 12m towards Odaesan Mountain Fir Forest trail (approx. 2 hrs or more in total)
| Advice: If you find traveling on your own difficult, then simply join a day trip to Odaesan Mountain here!
| Nearby Attractions: Woljeongsa Temple, Sangwonsa Temple
2. “Winter Sonata” – Nami Island, Chuncheon City, Gangwon Province
Nami Island, or Namiseom, is a picturesque island near Seoul famous as a filming location for the popular Korean romance drama, “Winter Sonata.”
Although the snowscapes of Nami Island in winter are the iconic backdrop to “Winter Sonata,” the vibrant fall colors of the maples and ginkgo trees are certainly a sight not to be missed as well.
So, don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Nami Island’s autumn!
| Getting to Nami Island: Seoul (Bus/Subway/ITX Train) – Gapyeong Station – Take a local bus or taxi – Nami Island (approx. 2 hrs or more in total)
| Advice & Tips: It takes roughly one and a half hours to go to Nami Island from Seoul, by car. If this is your first-time visit, taking a shuttle bus is highly recommended. Or if you want to visit Nami Island and other popular attractions nearby, booking an organized tour can be a great option.
| Nearby Attractions: Petite France, Gangchon Rail Park, Garden of Morning Calm
| Where to Stay: Nami Island Jeonggwanru Hotel
3. “My Love from the Star” – N Seoul Tower and Namsan Park, Seoul
For those looking for a fall foliage viewing spot in Seoul, the famed N Seoul Tower, or Namsan Tower, is the perfect place to be.
From the observatory, you can take in panoramic views of the entire city and the surrounding Namsan Mountain covered with amazing autumn colors.
For those who want a more up-close view of the autumn foliage, walk along the trail through Namsan Park up to N Seoul Tower!
After taking a stroll, take a rest at the bench at N Seoul Tower’s Roof Terrace, which is a spot where Jun Ji-hyun (Cheon Song-yi) and Kim Soo-hyun (Do Min-jun) locked a love padlock to pledge their love from “My Love from the Star.” 😉
| Getting to Namsan Park & N Seoul Tower: Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit No. 1 – Seoul Animation Center, Soongeui Women’s College Bus Stop – Take the Namsan Circulation Bus No. 2 (16 min interval) – Get off at N Seoul Tower Bus Stop – Walk 100 m toward Namsan Park (approx. 40 mins)
| Advice & Tips: Visitors can get the N Seoul Tower Observatory Ticket online at a discount! Those who want to enjoy the hiking trail through Namsan Park up to N Seoul Tower are recommended joining this unique evening walking tour .
| Nearby Attractions: Namsangol Traditional Korean Village
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