Postcards from Seoraksan National Park: Fall Colours
A vibrant symphony of fall colour has been sweeping it’s way down the peninsula since temperatures dropped late last week. And while there’s still plenty of green around, with the first dip below zero a few days ago, the rest of nature should fall into line quickly.
Last weekend, we made the 2.5 hour drive out to Seoraksan National Park from Seoul to take in the painted canvases of autumn at one of the country’s most beloved fall foliage spots.
Surprisingly, the mountains were still mostly carpeted in a blanket of green, but at ground level, we were treated to trees in every stage of their transmogrification from the warmth of summer to the achromatic dark of winter.
Tips for a Visit to Seoraksan
When fall foliage is at it’s peak (like it is now), Seoraksan can be uncomfortably busy, with waits to ride the Seorak Cable Car taking up to 3 hours. Never mind the traffic getting there in the first place.
We sidestepped most of this frustration by driving to Seoraksan on a Sunday, and returning to Seoul on a Monday. There was literally no traffic on the roads, in either direction, making for an extremely easy and stress free journey.
We rented an apartment through AirBnB in nearby YangYang, but if you don’t have a car, Sokcho is the best place to stay for a visit to the Park.
If you plan to take the cable car up Gwongeumseong to it’s peak, Bonghwadae, I’d recommend buying a ticket for the cable car as soon as you enter the Park (10,000 won round-trip). When we arrived at 2:30, the next available car was at 3:45 (and this was on a Monday). Once you have your ticket in hand, you can wander around the Park, or sit and have food or coffee at one of the many restaurants.
Have you been to Seoraksan? What’s your favourite place to see fall colour in Korea?