Famous park. Autumn foliage. Hiking. Pleasant, sunny autumn weather. Sign me up, absolutely!
That said, Seoraksan National Park is a 4-hour+ journey from Seoul, and I was quite happy to tag along with a Meetup group event headed that way. I joined The Seoul Hangout, Travel and Hiking Group for an afternoon trek on a pleasant autumn Sunday. October 18th, to be exact, which is when peak colour conditions hit Seoraksan this year (yes, there are people tracking these things, just like Japan meticulously predicts the Cherry Blossom Front each spring).
I’ll let the pictures mostly speak for themselves. I played around with colour settings on a few of them. Altered or not, you can appreciate just how stunning the fall foliage is here.
And for those of you in Korea- I recommend joining Meetup groups! It’s a great way to meet new friends and see places it would be a little harder (or just not as fun) to visit on your own. This event was organized by Harry Yoon, a really friendly, awesome guy here. He seems to always be leading events, and I’m not sure when he sleeps!
I’m sure the scenery is less stunning in the springtime but I’d love to return- there’s an arduous hike called Dinosaur Valley Ridge I’d love to tackle at some point. However, chilly late fall mornings are creeping in, and I’m content to wait til next year to make that happen. 🙂