South Korea is beautiful 365 days a year, but there’s something magical about fall. Whether your looking to witness the magic of fall foliage, soft colors, and cozy weather, fall is the best time to get outside and explore before it gets too cold.
From delicious food, festivals, hikes, and amazing city views – we’ve got a list of fun things to do in South Korea this fall to have the experience of a lifetime! Whether you’re inside or outdoors, remember to wear your mask and stay safe.
Become a Foodie at Myeongdong Street Food Alley | Jung-gu, Seoul
First on the list of what to do in South Korea this fall is becoming a Foodie at Myeongdong Street Food Alley. Myeongdong may be one of Seoul’s most popular shopping districts, but it’s the Myeongdong Street Food Alley that keeps foodies coming back for more. From tteokbokki and tornado potato to grilled abalone and more, there’s a wide variety of food to choose from. Fall is the best time to visit the market for fresh seafood, soups, and tea.
Myeongdong Street Food Alleyis open daily until 23:00.
Step into Fall Foilage at Nami Island | Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Step into painted hues of orange, yellow, and red, among Nami Island’s awe-inspiring fall foliage. For visitors seeking a truly magical fall experience, check out the beautiful tree-lined paths including, Ginkgo Tree Lane, Metasequoia Lane, The Central Korean Pine Tree Lane
Open daily from 8:00 to 21:00.
Tour Pink Muhly at Asia’s Oldest Observatory | Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Grab your camera and head to Korea’s largest pink muhly field! The feathery pink muhly in Gyeongju is in full bloom throughout the fall. Tour the largest pink muhly field around Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia, enjoy the breathtaking views, and grab a photo or ten.
Open daily from 9:00 to 22:00.
Have a spooktacular time at Everland | Yongin, Gyeonggi-do
Head over to Everland, the largest theme park located near Seoul spooktacular good time in October. During the Halloween season, Everland offers a variety of horror-themed attractions for all scare levels. Visitors can run away from zombie human hunters, explore the Haunted Mansion, ride a haunted version of the T Express roller coaster, and more.
Held annually at Gwangalli Beach, the Busan Fireworks Festival is one of the biggest fireworks festivals in Asia. Festival goers “oh” and “awe” tens of thousands of fireworks and state-of-the-art lasers against a backdrop of the Yellow sea and two-level suspension bridge, Gwangan Bridge.
The 17th Busan Fireworks Festival runs from 14:00 – 21:00 on November 5, 2022.
Explore Changdeokgung Palace in a Hanbok | Jongno-gu, Seoul
Surprisingly less visited than its big brother Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung Palace is beautiful year-round, but there’s something extraordinary about this palace in the fall. From elegantly painted buildings and beautiful scenery to the rich history and more, it’s hard to not fall in love with Changdeokgung Palace. Rent a hanbok from ₩8,000 and explore the palace grounds in style.
Changdeokgung Palace is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 – 17:00.
Ride the Monorail through Hwadam Botanic Garden | Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Located under two hours south of Seoul, lies the picturesque Hwadam Botanic Garden. Featuring 17 different themes and over 4,300 different types of plants across sloping landscapes, the best way to enjoy the views is from the sky. Visitors can enjoy the views from three different routes around the garden.
Open Monday through Friday 9:00-18:00, Saturday and Sunday 8:30-18:00.
Celebrate Pepero Day at Namsan Seoul Tower | Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Namsan Seoul Tower is Korea’s first multipurpose tower, effectively combining a sightseeing observatory with a broadcasting tower. Offering an unobstructed view of the city, day or night, this iconic landmark is perfect for professing your love to your special someone on Pepero Day (November 11).
Have Tea in a Traditional House in Jeonju Hanok Village | Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
One of the best ways to admire Hanok traditional homes in Jeonju Hanok Village is to have tea in one. There are several tea houses to choose from, but Gyodong Tea Garden is our favorite. Visitors can experience an authentic tea ceremony with some truly incredible tea – a bonus if you add dessert.
Gyodong Tea Garden is open from 11:00-20:00 Wednesday through Monday.
Trek Across The Wonju Suspension Bridge | Wonju-si, Gangwon-do
Wonju Sogeumsan Suspension Bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge in Korea. At 100 meters up and only 1.5 meters wide, the bridge isn’t for the faint of heart. Thrill seekers can experience the exhilarating rush of walking midair as they trek across this 200-meter-long bridge while taking in the surroundings. If the bridge may look familiar as it was featured in the K-Drama Inspector Koo and It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.
Open daily from 9:00-18:00 through October, and 9:00-17:00 through December. Closed the first and third Monday of every month.
Rachael Lovette Hailing from Seattle, Rachael loves everything about South Korea. She enjoys listening to K-Pop, binge-watching K-Dramas, trying new foods, taking photos, and shopping for Korean clothes and makeup.