45 Beautiful Korean Autumn Leaves Pictures To Inspire You

If you’re wondering when the best time to visit Korea is, I honestly have to say that it’s autumn. Once you see these beautiful Korean autumn leaves pictures, I think you’ll understand why.

After a long, hot, green summer, autumn not only brings with it cool weather with clear skies, but also a change in colours that add a final flash of brilliance before the empty, drab months of winter kick in.

Verdant greens slowly melt into flickering yellows, dazzling golds, gooey oranges, and fiery reds over the autumn months, setting forests aflame with sunset hues that drop slowly from the tree tops to the ground below.

I hope this collection of Korean autumn leaves pictures inspires you to visit Korea during this incredible season and lets you appreciate the majestic beauty of this fleeting season in the Land of the Morning Calm.

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My Favourite Korean Autumn Leaves Pictures

My Favourite Korean Autumn Leaves Pictures

I want to start with my top 3 Korean autumn leaves pictures before showing you the rest, because these have created some of the most memorable moments in my time living in Korea.


1: Changdeokgung Palace & Secret Garden, Seoul

Autumn leaves at the Secret Garden in Seoul

Changdeokgung Palace is an incredible place to visit in Seoul for people who want the chance to explore a traditional palace, dress up in Korean hanbok (traditional clothes), and see lots of lovely nature.

If you’re lucky, you can also get access to the Secret Garden, which is restricted to a small number of guided tours each day. These royal gardens, which were kept exclusively for the royal family to unwind and relax in, offer a gorgeous glimpse into Korean royal life and display timeless sights of natural wonders.


2: Nami Island, Gapyeong

Yellow ginkgo trees at Nami Island, Korea

One of the must-see places in Korea at any time of year, Nami Island really comes alive in autumn due to its abundance of natural beauty and tree-lined streets that create the perfect areas to take sweeping shots of autumn colours.

If you want to see more pictures of Nami Island, check out my Transport Guide For Nami Island. You’ll see a few more Korean autumn leaves pictures from Nami Island in that article, too.


3: Naejangsan National Park

Korean Autumn Leaves Pictures from Naejangsan National Park

Naejangsan National Park in the south-west of Korea is one of the must-see destinations for Korean autumn leaves. This small but stunning national park is packed with photogenic spots, such as the Maple Tree Road, Naejangsa Temple, Uhwajeong Pavilion, and the observatory at the top of the mountain.

You’ll probably recognise some of these views from iconic Korean autumn leaves pictures. If you want to see more, check out my article all about Visiting Naejangsan In Autumn.

If you want to know more about where and how to see fall foliage in Korea, be sure to check out my detailed guide to Autumn Leaves In Korea.

Please note: The majority of these pictures are all photos I’ve taken during my time living in Korea. A few are ‘borrowed’ from free photo sharing sites.


Seoul Autumn Leaves Pictures

People resting in Changgyeong Palace, Seoul

If you want to see autumn leaves in Seoul, then you’re in luck. Seoul is a very leafy city with lots of natural beauty to check out throughout the year, especially in autumn. Here’s some of the sights you can see in Seoul.

Autumn leaves at the Secret Garden in Changdeokgung Palace
Inside the Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Inside the Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Inside the Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Autumn leaves in the Secret Garden in Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Inside the Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Inside the Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Inside the Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Changgyeonggung Palace Autumn Leaves, Seoul
Changgyeonggung Palace, Seoul
N Seoul Tower, Seoul
N Seoul Tower, Seoul
Gilsangsa Temple, Seoul
Gilsangsa Temple, Seoul
Fritz Coffee next to Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Fritz Coffee next to Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Seoul Zoo at Seoul Grand Park during autumn
Seoul Zoo at Seoul Grand Park
Seoul Zoo at Seoul Grand Park during autumn
Seoul Zoo at Seoul Grand Park

There are plenty of other places to check out autumn leaves in Seoul, such as Seoul Forest, along the Han River, Gwanaksan Mountain, Bukhansan National Park and Seoul National Cemetery.

Now, here’s a whole load of Korean autumn leaves pictures from the rest of Korea.


Korean Foliage Pictures From National Parks

Autumn leaves in Korea

Although there are lots of nice places to see autumn leaves in Seoul, the best places are outside of the capital, amongst the forests, mountains, and parks that Korea is packed full of.

If you’re visiting Korea in autumn, be sure to book a few trips out of the cities for the best views. Here are some of my personal favourite Korean autumn leaves pictures, but there are a lot, lot more that I haven’t covered here.

For info about how to get to the national parks, check out my guide about How To Go Hiking In Korea.

Autumn Leaves at Naejangsa Temple at Naejangsan National Park
Naejangsa Temple at Naejangsan National Park
Uhwajeong Pavilion at Naejangsan National Park
Uhwajeong Pavilion at Naejangsan National Park
Asan Ginkgo Tree Road, Asan
Asan Ginkgo Tree Road, Asan
Seoraksan National Park during autumn
Seoraksan National Park
Leaf covered wall at Seoraksan National Park
Seoraksan National Park
Tree lined street at Nami Island, Gapyeong
Nami Island, Gapyeong
Colourful trees at Nami Island, Korea
Nami Island, Gapyeong
Heart Statue At Nami Island, Korea
Nami Island, Gapyeong
Crowds of people at Gangcheonsan Mountain, Sunchang
Gangcheonsan Mountain, Sunchang
Stream at Gangcheonsan Mountain, Sunchang
Gangcheonsan Mountain, Sunchang
Suspension bridge at Gangcheonsan Mountain, Sunchang
Gangcheonsan Mountain, Sunchang
View of the valley from the suspension bridge at Gangcheonsan Mountain, Sunchang
Gangcheonsan Mountain, Sunchang
Rest Stop at Songnisan National Park
Songnisan National Park
Rocky peaks and autumn leaves at Daedunsan Provincial Park
Daedunsan Provincial Park, near Daejeon
Suspension bridge at Daedunsan Provincial Park
Daedunsan Provincial Park, near Daejeon
Hiking path at Mindungsan Mountain, Korea
Mindungsan Mountain
People eating on Mindungsan Mountain hiking path
Mindungsan Mountain
Reeds and autumn leaves at Mindungsan Mountain, Korea
Mindungsan Mountain

Other Autumn Sights To See In Korea

Picture frame and reeds at Haneul Park, Seoul
Haneul Park, Seoul

There’s not just autumn leaves to see during autumn, it’s also the best time to see these tall reeds, known as silver grass. Some great locations for this include Mindungsan (above), Haneul Park in Seoul, Seoul Forest, and along the shores of many rivers in Korea.

Finally, here are some pictures from the city I live in, Daejeon. Like many big Korean cities, Daejeon has lots of parks, tree-lined streets, and places to see autumn leaves. Daejeon is blessed with many surrounding mountains and Gyeryongsan National Park, too.

Take a look at these final Korean autumn leaves pictures and maybe you’ll understand why I enjoy living in Daejeon.

Tree lined street in Daejeon, Korea
Dunsan-dong, Daejeon City
Yellow ginkgo leaves on the street in Daejeon, Korea
Dunsan-dong, Daejeon City
Autumn leaves in Daejeon, Korea
Gapcheon River, Daejeon
Maples leaves on the ground in Daejeon
Daejeon
Giant leaf in Korea
Daejeon
Yellow ginkgo leaves on the street in Korea
Daejeon

Here’s one final image from autumn that might surprise you…

Snowy car park in November in Korea
Daejeon

This was taken in November 2017, just a few days after the picture above of the yellow ginkgo leaves. Yes, you can see snow during autumn in Korea.

It doesn’t happen often, but it makes a very surprising sight to see autumn leaves one day and then white blankets over everything the next.


Want To Know More About Autumn In Korea?

Colourful autumn leaves on Nami Island, Korea

Autumn is a fantastic time to visit and if you want to take Korean autumn leaves pictures like these yourself, then I’d definitely recommend visiting during this season.

When: Autumn in Korea runs from September until early November. Peak autumn leaves season starts in mid-October (Seoul area) and ends in early November (Jeju / south coast).

Where: Korea is mostly mountainous and has dozens of amazing spots to see autumn leaves in national parks, as well as city parks and areas of natural beauty. Some of the best are Nami Island, Seoraksan National Park, Seoul’s royal palaces, Jirisan National Park and Asan Ginkgo Tree Road.

How: In Seoul and other cities, you can travel to autumn leaves sites on public transport. For Nami Island, you can take a day trip there from Seoul. For the national parks and other locations, you can book day trips from reputable tour companies such as Klook and Trazy.

October: Visit Korea In October for the best autumn leaves, fun festivals, delicious fresh foods, and great weather. This is my favourite month to travel in Korea.


Korean Travel Essentials

Planning to visit Korea? These travel essentials will help you plan your trip, get the best deals, and save you time and money on your Korean adventure.

Korea Electronic Travel Authorisation (K-ETA): Most countries need a K-ETA to travel to Korea. Apply before you travel only with the Official K-ETA Site.

Flights To Korea: Look around before you book flights. I recommend flight comparison sites such as Expedia and Skyscanner for the best flights to Korea.

Hotels In Korea: Staying in Seoul, I recommend Myeongdong (convenient), Hongdae (cool culture) or Gangnam (shopping). Get the best hotel prices with Klook and Agoda.

Tours In Korea: Find the best tours in Korea with tour companies that have a big presence in Korea, including Klook, Trazy, and Get Your Guide.

Staying Connected: Pre-order a Korean Sim Card or a Portable WiFi Router to collect on-arrival at Incheon Airport. Collection desks are open 24 hours.

Travel Money: Exchange foreign currency in Myeongdong or at a WOW exchange machine. Pick up a Wise or Revolut travel money card for the best rates and convenient card payments.

Transportation: Get a T-Money Card to pay for public transport. If you plan to use Korea’s high speed trains, save money and get unlimited rides with a Korea Rail Pass.

Incheon Airport To Seoul: Take the Airport Express (AREX) to Seoul Station or a limo bus to other parts of Seoul. Don’t want to carry heavy suitcases? Book an Incheon Airport Private Transfer and relax to or from the airport.

Learning Korean: Want to learn Korean before you travel? I recommend 90 Day Korean as they have well-structured lessons and loads of useful resources.


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