5 cities to catch Pink Muhly Grass in Korea this autumn

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Pink Muhly Grass Korea

These lovely pink grass fields have been drawing attention lately, becoming an attraction for both locals and tourists alike in Korea. Native to the States, the pink muhly grass turn well, pink in autumn, from mid-September and usually lasting till end October/ early November. With currently more than 30 pink muhly spots in Korea, we have shortlisted 5 cities (and more than 5 spots) to view these dreamlike pink muhly grass fields.

Note: Due to COVID-19 preventive measures, Haneul Park (Seoul) is closed from September 26 – November 8 2020, and Jeonju Arboretum until further notice, so we’ll have to give these lovely spots a miss this year.

1. Gyeongju

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Known for its royal tombs and historical sites, Gyeongju’s pink muhly is located near Cheomseongdae, the ancient astronomical observatory, making it a lovely backdrop against the field of pink.

Cheomseongdae (첨성대)
140-25, Cheomseong-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Book your 1-day private tour (from Gyeongju/ Busan) here.

2. Busan

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There are a few locations to view the pink muhly in Busan, but the most well known ones are in Daejeo Ecological Park and Eulsukdo Ecological Park, which would make a nice trip to instead of the usual Gamcheon Cultural Village and Taejongdae.

Daejeo Ecological Park (대저생태공원)
Daejeo 1-dong, Gangseo-gu, Busan

Eulsukdo Ecological Park (을숙도 상태공원)
1240, Nakdongnam-ro, Saha-gu, Busan

Join a day trip to catch the fluffy pink muhly fields at both parks here.

3. Seoul

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This is probably the most accessible spot as it’s located right in the heart of Seoul! A landfill in the past, Haneul Park has gained traction these few years with their seasonal blooms such as silver grass in October, making it a super Instagram-worthy location.

Haneul Park (하늘공원)
121-250 95 Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (may differ during the Silver Grass Festival)

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Seoul Olympic Park boasts a myriad of beautiful blooms throughout the year, and in autumn, besides the pink muhly grass, visitors also flock to the park to view the spectacular orange sea of cosmos flowers.

Seoul Olympic Park (올림픽공원)
424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

4. Jeonju

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Enjoy some bibimbap, don a hanbok and pose with the pink muhly grass fields in Jeonju! Best of all, entrance into Jeonju Arboretum is free! However, the location is about 9-10 km away from the bus terminal and train station, so your best bet will be taking a taxi down.

Jeonju Arboretum (전주수목원)
462-45, Beonyeong-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Opening hours (mid Sep – mid Mar): 9am – 6pm (closed on Mondays)

Also, enjoy the fall scenery on a rail bike in Jeonju here.

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This cafe is actually not in Jeonju, but in Iksan, a city near Jeonju. Given that Jeonju Arboretum is closed this year during the pink muhly grass season, your next best bet to catch them will be here.

Blend Mi (블랜드미)
Hyunyoung-gil 123-10, Iksan-si, Jeonbuk
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm

5. Jeju

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Bask in the romantic atmosphere of fall in Jeju island. There’s a few places to view the pink fields, but we’ll be introducing these 2 locations. One is ticketed admission and another is by a cafe (so technically you’ll have to pay for the food as well), but the views are sure worth it.

Camellia Hill, a 20-hectare park located to the southwest of Jeju Island, is home to primarily camellia trees and many other species of plants, including pink muhly grass. If you’re bored of taking 19347158 photos with the pink muhly grass, go around and pose with the other plant species!

The other location that we’ll be introducing is so pretty that we are so tempted to keep it a secret to ourselves. Boasting gorgeous views of Sanbangsan and the sea, this Jeju cafe – Manor Blanc is gorgeous all year round with the different blooms in store for visitors, not just pink muhly fields. Think canola flowers in spring and hydrangeas in summer! Let the photo speak for itself:

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Camellia Hill (카멜리아힐)
166 Byeongak-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do
Operating hours (Fall season from Sep – Nov): 8:30am – 6:30pm everyday (ticket sales end at 5:30pm)
Prices: 8000 won (Adults from 19 – 64 years old); 6000 won (Youths from 13 – 18 years old)

Snag your discounted entrance tickets to Camellia Hill here.

Jeju Manor Blanc (마노르블랑)
46 Iljuseo-ro 2100-beongil, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do
Operating hours: 10am – 8pm

Rent a car to do your Jeju self drive here.

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