Naejangsan Autumn Charm – Why you Must Visit When in Korea

Naejangsan Autumn Charm cover

Naejangsan National Park is one of the most popular places in all of Korea to see the Autumn (or Fall) foliage. During the autumn season (Oct-late Nov), the hillsides and pathways are covered in a multitude of red, orange and yellow leaves. Although it’s far away from Seoul, it doesn’t deter people from coming to witness Naejangsan Autumn Charm. Read on and you’ll see why you must visit Naejangsan when in Korea.

Naejangsan Autumn Charm – The Most Beautiful Time of the Year

It’s great to visit Naejangsan throughout the year. But because of the park’s beautiful maple leaves, autumn is its busiest time. So don’t be surprised if you see a lot of crowd at the national park. However, when we visited there in early Nov this year, there weren’t too many people. Even our tour guide was surprised! How lucky. 😊

Naejangsan Autumn Charm picnic

Naejangsan Autumn Charm – How to get there?

Depending on where you come from, Naejangsan can be reached via public transportation. But let me warn you. If you are traveling from Seoul, it will take a superrrrr long time (at least 5 hours) for you to get there. From Seoul, you can take a bus to Jeongeup and from the city’s Bus Terminal, you can get to Naejangsan by taking Bus 171 (내장산).

Naejangsan Autumn Charm walk forest

As we were short of time and wanted to save all the hassle, we decided to opt for a day tour with KoreaTravelEasy. The tour bus will pick you up from the designated pick-up subway station (Myeongdong, Hongik University or Dongdaemum station) in the morning. At the end of the tour, the bus will send you back to pick-up location. It’s that easy!

Naejangsan Autumn Charm – Endless Gold in 4hr

When we went to Naejangsan, the autumn charm was at its peak. The whole stretch of road was brightened up by the golden and red leaves. I’ve never seen such amazing colours in my entire life. While I was enjoying the autumn breeze, I secretly thank myself again for making the decision to come to this national park, despite its distance from Seoul.

Naejangsan Autumn Charm lake

While you are there, remember to enjoy a cup of tea at the Naejangsan Temple. Only 1.5km away from the park entrance, the beautiful temple is very kind to offer free tea to visitors.

Naejangsan Autumn Charm temple view

It’s just wonderful to relax in a traditional Korea tea house with a cup of hot tea after a long walk. Do note that you need to get there before 3:45pm to get the free experience.

Naejangsan Autumn Charm tea

After visiting the temple, you can choose to hike further up, or you can make your way up to the cable car area. The cable car will send you directly to the mountain top. But our guide advised us that the queue could be long, so we decided to forgo the ride.

Naejangsan Autumn Charm cable car

Instead, we decided to back down to the visitors centre. If you are lazy walking back like us, you can catch a shuttle bus back down to the entrance (1000 KWR per person) or you can walk the 1.5km back down.

Naejangsan Autumn Charm bus

Our 4 hours there were very well spent. Believe it or not, it can take a looonnnggg time walking to the temple if you enjoy taking photographs. So make sure to bring along some water and snacks to keep you going.

Naejangsan Autumn Charm temple

Naejangsan Side Trip – Jeonju Hanok Village

Apart from visiting Naejangsan, the tour will also bring you to Jeonju Hanok Village. Famed as the starting point of Joseon Dynasty, Jeonju and its Hanok Village is brimming with that classic, ancient charm. With over 800 traditional Korean hanok houses, it’s really charming to stroll along this ancient village.

Naejangsan Autumn Charm jeonju charm

Naejangsan Autumn Charm jeonju hanok village top

If you want your photos to be more Instagram-able, you can even rent a set of hanbok at about KRW 5,000 for that old Joseon experience. I did that when I visited Gyeongbokgung, the Seoul hanbok experience was really amazing!

Naejangsan Autumn Charm hanbok

Jeonju Hanok Village – Delicious Food

One food you shouldn’t miss when in Jeonju Hanok Village is its PNB choco pie! Our guide said the choco pie is really special. It’s bigger and more yummy as compared to those from the rest of Korea. I’ve never tried choco pie from elsewhere so I can’t really compare, but the ones in PNB is really good. 😊 We also tried another bread from PNB and it tasted equally good. You should totally get this one too as it’s very crispy!

Naejangsan Autumn Charm choco pie

Another very famous food in Jeonju is its Bimbimbap. I’m not a big fan of Bimbimbap but I think it’s still worth trying this famous dish.

Naejangsan Autumn Charm jeonju food

Naejangsan Autumn Charm – KoreaTravelEasy Day Tour

With the help of KoreaTravelEasy, we managed to visit two beautiful destinations in 1 day. The tour is perfect if you are short of time, yet want to cover more places in one day. It also saves you all the hassle transferring between trains and buses. I booked my tour online and the whole process takes only a minute. 😊

Naejangsan Autumn Charm jeonju hanok village church top

Another plus point about having a tour is to mingle with the guides! I learnt so much about Koran culture from our two lovely guides Wanoba and his sister. They speak very good English and we got so many travel tips from them on Busan and Jeju.

Naejangsan Autumn Charm guide

Now the autumn season is over, but you can find other winter trips such as 1-day ski tour on KoreaTravelEasy. If you are planning to visit Korea next year, do pay Naejangsan a visit and be charmed! Apart from Neajangsan, you can also catch beautiful autumn foliage near Seoul. Nami island in autumn is really beautiful and Garden of Morning Calm is equally breathtaking. You will literally fall for them!

Naejangsan Autumn Charm lake top

Here’s the complete travel vlog for Naejangsan and Jeonju Hanok Village. Check it out now!

 

  • Simply gorgeous. How lucky that it wasn’t busy the day you went. It’s obvious to see why Naejansan is a must-see, but I honestly didn’t know about it until I stumbled upon your post. Lucky find indeed. The place is amazing, the guides seem friendly and informative, and Jeonju Hanok’s classical past sounds immersive.

  • Vyjay Rao

    Naejangsan National Park looks so beautiful. The colours of autumn seem to have bedecked the park in divine colours that seem to cast a spell on visitors. Hiking in these beautiful environs is something we would absolutely love. You have provided some invaluable information that will stand us in good stead while planning a trip to this lovely place.

  • PNB choco pie? Wow, that sounds intriguingly yucky. Love y.our look at Naejangsan park in South Korea

  • megan_claire

    Naejangsan National Park looks so beautiful – LOVE the fall colors! I’ve just returned from Japan, and it was such a treat walking through the city streets, being greeted by a symphony of autumn colors. Looks like it’s an equally beautiful time of year for Korea.

    Thanks for the tip on day tours with KoreaTravelEasy – sounds like a great way to maximize your day. Love how authentic Jeonju Hanok Village is too – what a cool place to visit – so much historic charm!

    • Megan glad you enjoy my article. Naejangsan National Park is really an amamzing place you should visit when in Korea. 🙂

  • Holly

    I love tea, so that would be great to have on a cold day. Love the fall foilage is so nice. I really want to get over that way. I hope to soon.

  • Tracey Best

    This a great guide! I haven’t considered going here before. Your photos are beautiful too! Thanks for the read.

  • Kenny T.K. Chow

    I agree! Ihave been to Naejangsan few years ago and it’truly exceptional. the shades of red is overwhelming and it would be a great to explore the sites and trails in the national park. You are welcome to visit my blog for some of the photos too!
    http://knycxjourneying.com/2015/10/25/its-autum-a-tic/