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Seoul becomes even more charming when the trees turn gold in the autumn.

Gyeongbok Palace on autumn

Autumn is the most beautiful season to visit the land of Kimchi. Seoul, the capital of South Korea, welcomes an influx of tourists from many places with its poetic scenery. As one of the most modern cities in Asia, it still contains many ancient spaces, parks, and paths that reflect scenes and the lifestyle of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Tourism websites and publications always mention this era with pride because it was a time of great development and independence. In Gyeongbok Palace, royal rituals are performed daily by soldiers and guards in stately and elaborate costumes. Built in 1394, the Palace is a must-visit in Seoul. The three-arched-entrance gate was built of white stone with a two-tiered roof. When visitors step through the gate, they enter a complex of imposing palaces with rows of huge pillars and roofs with colorfully-painted and sculpted trusses. The architecture leaves visitors with a strong impression of this brilliant period of Korean history. 

Maple trees at Gyeongbok Palace

While history attracts researchers, most visitors pay more attention to Seoul’s beautiful nature. In the autumn, when the temperature has not dropped too low and the sky is always deep blue, young people delight in taking photos under the ginkgo trees. The golden ginkgo leaves make the space bright and colorful. On the mirror-like surface of the lake, golden leaves sway with the wind, bringing peace to one’s soul.

With its famously tall trees, Nami Island is renowned as a romantic place since many videos and movies were made there, the most popular being “Winter Sonata”. The landscape is so beautiful and romantic that many girls from Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, etc. visit to take photos, hoping to look as adorable as the actors in the film. On Nami Island, ancient houses built of wood in the style of the 18th and 19th century take visitors back to the old way of life. Visitors will see jars used for making Kimchi that add to this place’s cultural identity.

Nami Island is one of the most famous place on autumn

There are hundreds of types of kimchi but the most popular kind is made from cabbage, young radishes, and cucumbers. In their daily meals, Koreans place many plates and bowls of kimchi on the corner of the table, creating a stunning array of colors and excitingly sour, spicy, and salty tastes.

Hanok Buchon Ethnic Village is another great place to experience the old way of life. Walking on a winding stone path one can get lost in small hamlets and admire the wooden houses and traditional clothing worn here. Asian tourists often feel a sense of familiarity, coming from countries with similar writing styles. Even though their languages are different, they are connected by similar lifestyles through thousands of years of history.

Myeongdong Street

Leaving Hanok Buchan, young people immediately join the bustling crowds of shoppers on Myeongdong Street, renowned as a shopping paradise in Seoul. Hi-tech products, fashion items, luxury brands, and souvenirs can make shopaholics forget what time it is.

Meanwhile, nature lovers won’t want to miss a visit to Seoraksan Mountain. It takes approximately four hours to drive from Seoul to the Seoraksan Nature Reserve, which shows its stunning beauty with red and gold leaves in the fall. Under a deep blue sky, the white rocky peak is gorgeous. Many trails lead to the peak. Sinheungsa Temple is located midway up and has an outdoor Buddha statute. Every day, thousands of tourists visit to make wishes in the misty air, surrounded by majestic nature. Gazing with veneration upon a waterfall and the high mountain covered in vibrant colors, visitors are full of admiration for nature’s creations.