Interesting experiences you cannot miss on your trip to South Korea in fall
During the fall, the Korean climate is neither too hot nor humid. Watching red leaves in a pine forest, wandering among ancient palaces and villages or participating in traditional festivals are fascinating activities when coming here in the fall.
1. Naejangsan National Park (Jeollabuk Province)
National Park in Jeollabuk Province in South Korea. To reach Naejangsan National Park, you can drive from Seoul, Korean capital, to Jeongeup city center bus station. Finally, tourists can take a bus from here to Naejangsan.
Naejangsan is also the name of a mountain in the park which is also the most beautiful Korean mountain in the fall. Besides admiring the red leaves here, you can visit Baeyangsa temple or the lookout station at the park which has been one of the ideal places to admire the fall scenery here.
2. Changdeokgung Palace (Seoul capital)
This is one of the five largest palaces in Korea built in 1395, behind Gyeongbokgung palace.
A special feature of the palace is that it has more space than any other palaces in the Joseon period of Korea. In addition to walking around and visiting the architecture of the palace, renting a Hanbok suit and taking photos to save the beautiful memories of autumn will be an experience that tourists should not miss.
3. Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival (Gyeongsangnam Province)
The festival originated in 1592, from the habit of using lanterns to light up in the battle of Jinjuseong fortress. The festival takes place in Gyeongsangnam Province which is in southeastern Korea from 1st to 13th of October.
The colorful lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colors are hung along the Nam River, creating an ecstatic underwater performance at the Jinju Namgang Yudeung festival. On the riverbanks, there are also more than 10,000 red lanterns containing personal wishes of the local people. Besides admiring the lanterns, you can walk around the streets and watch the cultural performances taking place during the festival.
4. Jumbo shrimps - a special autumn dish
If you come to Korea in the fall without trying Jumbo shrimps, it will definitely be a major shortcoming. Jumbo shrimps caught from the sea will have tougher meat, thicker shells and distinctive salty taste. Especially catching Jumbo shrimps is not easy because they die quite quickly after catching.
Because of the typical salty taste of shrimp, when eating, diners do not need to eat with sauce. Jumbo shrimps can be cooked in a boiled, steamed or fried style to fully enjoy their taste. People often heat a large pot, sprinkle whole sea salt and cook shrimp for 10 minutes until they turn red.
In addition to the list of activities and places not to be missed, visitors can discover many more famous landmarks in Korea in the fall such as Nami Island, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Hanok Bukchon Ancient Village and many other interesting fall festivals in the nation of kimchi.
By: Kristopher Sherman