Autumn is here and you know what that means! It’s time to immerse yourself in a sea of red/orange/yellow leaves (or 단풍 danpoong in Hangul)! If you’re heading to Seoul in mid to late October, you’re in luck as that’s the period when the autumn leaves are predicted to be in bloom!


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Start planning your autumn trip and be prepared for an amazing view of the autumn foliage around the cityscape 😄

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Tourist Spots

So you didn’t plan your trip around the autumn foliage but you’ll be in Korea for that period of time anyway. Don’t worry, we have you covered with these tourist attractions in Seoul!

1. Namsan Tower

Oh Namsan Tower 😍The prerequisite tourist spot especially if you’re travelling with your significant other 😜 There’re even more reasons to visit this iconic sight when it’s autumn, we’ll let the photos do the talking.


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#HHWT Tip: We recommend taking the shuttle bus up and walking through the park when you’re heading out. Namsan park has a really scenic route!

Opening Hours for the Observatory: Monday to Friday, Sunday – 10am to 23pm, Saturday – 10am to 12midnight
Price for Observatory: Adults – 9,000won, Children – 7,000won
How to get there: There are a total of 3 shuttle buses available at different subway stations.

1. Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 02
-Take the bus from Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line), Exit 6.
-Operating hours: 07:00 – 24:00, comes every 15 mins

2. Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 03
-Take the bus from Seoul Station, Seoul Square (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 9 or Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 4 or / Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2.
-Operating hours: 07:30 – 23:30, comes every 20 mins

3. Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus No. 05
-Take the bus from Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3 or Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema).
-Operating hours: 07:30 – 23:30, comes every 15 mins

Muslim-Friendly Eateries Nearby: Ilji Hanbang Samgyetang

Craving for some ginseng chicken soup with herbs? This restaurant is perfect for you! Ilji Hanbang requires you to make a reservation for their halal menu, so do ensure that you call in advance.


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Note: The information we gathered on this restaurant is from the KTO Muslim-friendly booklet.

Address: 48, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm (daily)
Directions: Go to exit 10 of Myeongdong station of Seoul Subway’s Line 4. It’s a 2-minute walk from the station.

2. Samcheongdong


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Samcheongdong is pretty much where traditional meets modern Korea. The road is filled with traditional Korean styled houses, also known as hanok, that have been renovated to house different types of shops, cafes and restaurants. Autumn is pretty much the perfect time to visit Samcheongdong as you get to stroll along the gorgeous tree lined streets and enjoy an atmospheric view of the hanoks with the autumn leaves!


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How to get there: From Gyeongbokgung Subway Station (Line 3), take exit 5 and walk along the front entrance of Gyeongbokgung. Turn left into the adjacent road next to Gyeongbokgung and walk straight for about 10-15 minutes.

Muslim-Friendly Eateries Nearby: Halal Kitchen 

At Halal Kitchen, the first Halal Korean restaurant in Buckhon/Insadong, you’ll get to eat authentic local dishes like tteokbokki (stir-fried rice rake),  japchae (glass noodles), bulgogi, yanggalbi and dakgalbi 😋 Eat your fill here and get 10% off your total bill when you sign up on our website!

#HHWT Tip: The restaurant provides a prayer space, so fret not, you can eat to your heart’s content without having to rush to a mosque!

Claim your special deal now!

Address: 86-4 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 11:00AM – 9:00PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
How to get there: Gyeongbokgung Palace is your landmark. Find Samcheong police office and an e-mart convenient store. After 100m, you’ll see ‘Boy London’ fashion store. Take a right turn and you’ll see the ‘Halal Kitchen’ sign.

3. Cheongyecheon


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Before heading to Dongdaemun for your shopping trip, drop by Cheongyecheon and stroll along the stream! Even though the stream isn’t lined with trees, the creepers along the stream turn a beautiful reddish orange hue and it’s a pretty unique sight from your usual autumn foliage.

How to get there: – City Hall, Jonggak, Jongno 3-ga, Jongno 5-ga, Dongdaemun, Sinseol-dong (Seoul Subway Line 1)
– Jongno 3-ga (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3 and 5)
– Gwanghwamun (Seoul Subway Line 5)

4. Songpa Naru Park – located just behind Lotte World


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Lotte World is pretty much Seoul’s take on Disneyland and another one of the must-visit attractions especially if you’re a fan of K-Dramas or heading to Seoul with your significant other. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to visit the Songpa Naru Park which is a short distance away and enjoy the scenic view of the autumn leaves!


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How to get there: Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2 or 3. Go straight 200m to arrive at the entrance of Songpa Naru Park.

5. Shinsadong Garosugil


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Garosugil is no secret by now. This tree-lined street, also known as ‘Europe in Seoul’, has exploded in popularity for it’s trendy shops and cafes. During autumn, you’ll be in for a sight as you stroll the street filled with ginko trees!

How to get there: Alight at Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 8. Go straight (250m), until you see the street on the left.

6. Nami Island


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Okay, so technically Nami Island is not exactly in Seoul, but we HAD to add this under our tourist attractions as the island just off Seoul is simply breathtaking in autumn! Did we mention that you can also get halal certified dakgalbi along the way? 😉


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Operating Hours: Last admission by 7:10pm, if you’re taking the ferry, 7:30pm.
Price: Adults – 8,000won (Do note that you’ll have to provide identification that you’re a foreigner in order to enjoy this price). Children – 4,000won
How to get there: Alight at Gapyeong Subway Station, take a taxi to Namiseom parking lot. (Travel time: 10-15 min) Take the ferry from Namiseom Dock to Namiseom Island. (Travel time: 5-6 min)

Muslim-Friendly Eateries Nearby:

Namisum Kkokko Chuncheon Dakgalbi

After touring Nami Island, rest your feet and fill your stomach at this restaurant! The most raved about food here is their dakgalbi so make sure you order this😌


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Note: This restaurant is pork-free. Do note that reservation is required for the halal menu, so do call the restaurant in advance!

Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm (Weekdays), 9am to 10pm (Weekends)
Directions: Take the Gyeongchun line and get off at Gapyeong station. Take bus no. 33-5 or the Gapyeong city bus.

Dongmun 

Dong Mun is the fourth halal certified restaurant in Korea and they have an extensive menu selling all sorts of Asian dishes ranging from Vietnamese pho to (of course) halal Korean food!

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Address: 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chun-cheon-si, Gang-won-do
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm (weekdays and winter season), 10am to 8pm (weekends and non-winter seasons)

Parks


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What better way to enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage than spending a relaxing day at one of Seoul’s many parks? Some of these parks are not in central Seoul, so chances are you won’t be meeting with crowds of people too.

1. Seoul Forest


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Seoul Forest is one of the more underrated parks in the city. We’ve previously recommended it as a cherry blossom viewing site and in autumn, it’s no different. The serenity and calming atmosphere of the park can be experienced as you stroll through the streets lined with numerous trees and falling autumn leaves.

How to get there: Seoul Forest Station (Subway Bundang Line), Exit 3. The park is a 5 min walk away.

2. Olympic Park


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Granted that Olympic Park probably wouldn’t be on top of your lists of ‘must-visit’ attractions in Seoul, but it does provide a pretty good reprieve from the bustling city. You can also get a glimpse of the Peace Gate that was built for the 1988 Olympics and stroll down paths lined with trees!

How to get there: Olympic Park Station (Subway Line 5) Exit 3

3. Haneul Sky Park 

Haneul Sky Park may be lost amongst the many parks in Seoul but we highly recommend visiting the sky park, especially when the silver grass (or Eulalia grass) is in full bloom because it’s simply breathtaking!

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#HHWT Tip: Don’t miss the Seoul Eulalia Festival throughout the month of October!

How to get there: World Cup Stadium Station (Subway Line 6) Exit 1. To take the free shuttle bus to the park, cross the street and walk 3-5 min towards the Mapo Agriculture-Fisheries Market. The shuttle will be available at the right-hand side of the building at 20 minutes intervals. Alternatively, you can take Blue Bus numbers 171, 271 and 571 and Green Bus numbers 7011, 7013 and 7715.

Muslim-Friendly Eateries Nearby: The Bread Blue

Located in Sinchon, The Bread Blue is super popular for its vegan baked goods, especially because they are made without using milk, egg or butter.


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Address: -dong, 239-24 Seongsan 1(il)-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Mon-Sat : 10 AM to 10 PM, Sun:  8AM-9PM
Contact: 070-4405-0723 | Website Facebook
Directions: Take exit 8 from Sinchon station, walk straight ahead until you see the Holly’s Coffee shop. Turn left, walk straight past two blocks. Turn right, you will see The Bread Blue at the end of the alley.

Palaces


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If you’re a fan of sageuks or historical Korean dramas, a visit to the four palaces during Autumn is a must! The autumn foliage looks spectacularly atmospheric with the historical palaces and architecture as a backdrop. It’s almost as if you’re filming a Korean drama!

#HHWT Tip: An integrated ticket for access to all four palaces costs 10,000won (inclusive of the Secret Garden in Changdeokgung)

1. Gyeongbukgung

If you only have time to visit one palace in Seoul, this is it. Gyeongbokgung was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty and it’s considered to be the grandest of the five palaces in Seoul It’s pretty hard to miss this majestic sight, with the famous statue of King Taejong located just in front of the palace. Besides the gorgeous autumn leaves, don’t miss the royal changing of guards at the Gwanghwamun gate daily at 11am, 2pm and 4pm!

If you’re a K-Drama fan, Gyeongbukgung also inspired quite a number of historical dramas but the actual dramas were shot at a drama set.

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Operating Hours: January-February 09:00-17:00 / March-May 09:00-18:00 / June-August 09:00-18:30 / September-October 09:00-18:00 / November-December 09:00-17:00
Price: 
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won, Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won
How to get there: 
Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5  OR Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2

Muslim-Friendly Eateries Nearby: Halal Kitchen 

At Halal Kitchen, the first Halal Korean restaurant in Buckhon/Insadong, you’ll get to eat true Korean dishes as well as take a stroll down Gyeongbokgung Palace just five minutes away 😋 Eat your fill here and get 10% off your total bill when you sign up on our website!

#HHWT Tip: The restaurant provides a prayer space, so fret not, you can eat to your heart’s content without having to rush to a mosque!

Claim your special deal now!

Address: 86-4 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 11:00AM – 9:00PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
How to get there: Gyeongbokgung Palace is your landmark. Find Samcheong police office and an e-mart convenient store. After 100m, you’ll see ‘Boy London’ fashion store. Take a right turn and you’ll see the ‘Halal Kitchen’ sign.

2. Changdeokgung


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Hands down our favourite palace to visit regardless of the seasons, thanks to a particular place in Changdeok palace known as Secret Garden. With 26,000 trees in the secret garden, it’s pretty hard not to be in awe when strolling around this area.

Opening Hours: Regular Tour (Changdeokgung Palace)
April–September: 09:00-18:30, October: 09:00-18:00, March & November: 09:00-17:30, December–February: 09:00-17:00
Huwon Course (Guided Tour only)
February–May & September-October: 10:00-18:00, June-August: 10:00-18:30, November-January: 10:00-17:30
Price: 
Adults (ages 19-64): Regular: 3,000 won / Secret Garden: 5,000 won
Children and Teenagers (ages 18 and under): Regular: 1,500 won / Secret Garden: 2,500 w
How to get there: 
Jongno 3 ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3 or 5) Exit 7. Go north from the exit along Donhwamun-ro Street for about 500 m. OR Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Go straight from the exit (east) for about 300 m.

3. Deoksugung and Changgyeonggung


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You can also catch the autumn foliage at two other smaller palaces – Deoksugung and Changgyeonggung. If you’re planning to visit all the palaces, we highly recommend searching for an English tour guide (usually free) to learn more about the history of the different palaces!


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#HHWT Tip: If you’re not a huge history buff, you may want to stick to visiting Changdeokgung and Gyeongbukgung, as these two palaces are more than enough to give you a feel of what it’s like to experience autumn in the royal palaces.

Muslim-friendly Eateries Nearby:

Ohsegehyang (Changgyeonggung & Changdeokgung)

Ohsegehyang, which literally means “Aromas of the Five Worlds” is a vegetarian (and alcohol-free!) restaurant, well known for its delicacies! With a budget of 15,000 Won per person, you can enjoy a nice meal here and try out some of the dishes which replace meat with soya protein and are very delicious.

Address: 14-5, Insadong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 9pm (daily)
Directions: Go to exit 3 of Anguk station of Seoul Subway’s Line 3. It’s a 5-minute walk from the station

Busan Jib (Deoksugung)

Tucked away in the streets of Myeondong, Busan Jib serves delicious authentic Korean cuisine using halal-certified meat. Must try dishes include their Korean spicy chicken stew and ginseng chicken😋 You can also make your very own Bulgogi lettuce wraps here!


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P.S. You can also get a FREE tofu stew when you purchase any 2 menu items just by showing HHWT’s special code!

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Price: Most mains cost around ₩8,000 to ₩10,000
Address: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea

Bonus: If you’re planning a hike at any of the major mountains in South Korea, do refer to the table below for more information on the predicted dates on when to catch the autumn foliage! These are for 2017 but we’ll be sure to update the list once the forecast is out for 2018! If you’re not keen on travelling too far away, we highly recommend visiting Bukhansan, which is still within the Seoul district.

Mountain First Appearance Peak
Seoraksan National Park (NaeSeorak) September 27 October 19
Odaesan National Park October 1 October 17
Jirisan National Park (Nogodan Peak) October 11 October 24
Chiaksan National Park October 7 October 22
Woraksan National Park October 13 October 25
Bukhansan National Park (Dobong) October 15 October 29
Palgongsan Natural Park (Gatbawi District) October 18 October 28
Hallasan National Park October 17 October 31
Gyeryongsan National Park October 19 October 30
Naejangsan National Park October 20 November 8
Mudeungsan National Park October 23 November 5

Planning A Trip To Seoul?

If you're planning a vacay in Seoul, find the best halal local food, exciting attractions, nearby prayer spaces and more on the HHWT website! 🇰🇷

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