[Wanderlust Wednesday] 5 K-Drama Spots That Are Worth Traveling For This Autumn!

Boasting clear blue skies, crisp air and warm days, autumn in Korea is for sure the best time to visit and explore Korea.

Between mid-October and mid-November, travelers can take in the picture-perfect fall foliage across Korea.

However, since the peak foliage season only lasts up to one or two weeks, it will be best for you to plan ahead and book your fall foliage trip.

To help you make the most of your autumnal getaway, here are some of the iconic K-drama filming locations where you can see beautiful autumn leaves!

  1. Odaesan National Park

| Filming Location of: “Goblin (or Guardian: The Lonely and Great God)”

The scene where Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) and Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) take a stroll along the snow-covered path in a forest was filmed at the Fir Forest Path in Odaesan National Park, or Odaesan Mountain.

During the fall foliage season, the park becomes an otherworldly place as it gets covered with brilliant colors of red, orange and yellow.

| Location: Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province

| Advice & Tips: It takes at least 2 hours, or more, to get to Odaesan National Park from Seoul. Those who want to take the hassle out of their trip may want to join this fall foliage trip to Odaesan Mountain here. But be sure to book your spots in advance!

| Nearby Attractions: Woljeongsa Temple, Sangwonsa Temple

 

  1. Nami Island

| Filming Location of: “Winter Sonata”

Take a romantic day trip to Nami Island, or Namiseom, located just outside of Seoul in Chuncheon!
Nami Island is one of the iconic locations featured in “Winter Sonata,” an all-time favorite Korean romance drama, and home to gorgeous natural scenery. While the drama mainly features winter scenes, the island is also a great spot for viewing fall foliage.

While in Nami Island, take a stroll along the postcard-perfect tree-lined paths, or rent a bike and recreate the bicycle scene with your special someone!

And if you are a fan of Winter Sonata, don’t forget to drop by Winter Sonata Café where you can find pictures of the cast and Winter Sonata souvenirs!

| Location: Chuncheon City, Gangwon Province

| Advice & Tips: It takes roughly one and a half hours to go to Nami Island from Seoul, by car. If this is your first-time visit, taking a shuttle bus is highly recommended. Or if you want to visit Nami Island and other popular attractions nearby, booking an organized tour can be a great option.

| Nearby Attractions: Petite France, Gangchon Rail Park, The Garden of Morning Calm

| Where to Stay: Nami Island Jeonggwanru Hotel

 

  1. Petite France

| Filming Location of: My Love from the Star,” “Secret Garden,” “Beethoven Virus,” “Personal Taste”

Famous for being featured in many Korean dramas, Petite France is one of the must-visit attractions for every K-Drama fan. And one of the best times to visit is autumn, particularly when the leaves change their colors and the picturesque autumn foliage surround Petite France and Cheongpyeong Lake.

This charming French-themed village was a filming location where Ju-won (Hyun Bin) meets Ra-im (Ha Ji-won) for the first time in “Secret Garden” and Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun) reveals his supernatural powers to Cheon Song-yi (Jun Ji-hyun) from “My Love from the Star.” There’s even a special photo zone for fans to take photos as the two main characters from “My Love from the Star,” so don’t miss it.

Within Petite France, you can also find Maestro Kang’s office and the signatures of the entire cast of “Beethoven Virus.”

| Location: Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi Province

| Advice & Tips: Just like Nami Island, it’s not easy for travelers to go Petite France without a car. You can conveniently visit both Nami Island and Petite France by taking a day tour.

| Nearby Attractions: Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Park, The Garden of Morning Calm

 

  1. The Garden of Morning Calm

| Filming Location of: “Love in the Moonlight (or Moonlight Drawn by Clouds)”

Head out to the Garden of Morning Calm, one of the best and most beautiful gardens in Korea, this fall.

Offering a picturesque setting, the garden has been used as a filming location for many Korean TV series, including the hit drama, “Moonlight Drawn by Clouds,” starred by Park Bo-gum and Kim Yoo-jung.

In autumn, one of the best spots to visit within the Garden of Morning Calm is the Pond Garden. This spot offers plenty of photo opportunities with a pond and a pavilion set against the stunning backdrops of breathtaking fall colors.

| Location: Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi Province

| Advice & Tips: Taking a tour to Garden of Morning Calm is highly recommended. You can find a variety of combined tours to the garden, but here’s one of the best: Nami Island and the Garden of Morning Calm Tour.

| Nearby Attractions: Nami Island, Petite France, Gangchon Rail Park

 

  1. Namsan Park & N Seoul Tower

| Filming Location of: “My Love from the Star,” “The Legend of the Blue Sea,” “Boys Over Flowers”

For those who want to take in the beautiful fall colors in Seoul, N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower), the iconic landmark of Seoul, is the perfect place to be.

From the observatory, you can take in panoramic views of the entire city and the surrounding Namsan Mountain covered with amazing autumn colors!

Make sure you stop by the Roof Terrace, which is a spot where Jun Ji-hyun (Cheon Song-yi) and Kim Soo-hyun (Do Min-jun) locked a love padlock to pledge their love from “My Love from the Star.”

When making your way down from or up to N Seoul Tower, be sure to visit Namsan Park, another great spot to soak up the stunning fall colors and enjoy an easy stroll.

| Location: Yongsan District, Seoul

| Advice & Tips: Those who want to go up to the observatory can get N Seoul Tower Observatory Ticket online at a discount. Those who want a more up-close view of the autumn foliage, there’s a guided walking tour that takes you through Namsan Park up to N Seoul Tower.

| Nearby Attractions: Namsangol Traditional Korean Village

Don’t miss out on your chance to see these incredible autumn foliage in Korea! Start planning your autumn trip to Korea at Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!

Photo Credits

Korean National Park Official Website
Nami Island Official WebsitePetite France Official Website
Petite France Official Website
The Garden of Morning Calm Official Website

 

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