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30 Photos That Prove the South Korea Autumn Just Won at Life

30 Amazing Photos of South Korea Autumn
This South Korea autumn seriously just brought its A game. The once-verdant landscape transforms into near-neon hues in a South Korea autumn—jazzy yellows and shocking oranges, swaggering reds that make your heads pleasantly dizzy. Now we’ve been on a seasonal kick lately: asking our fellow travel blogger friends about their top autumn travel destinations, and spreading kisses all across a very romantic autumn in Korea. If that doesn’t make us experts, you need to get your booty on over to a dictionary

So in our expertise, we just called it: this South Korea autumn, literally, just won at life. It may just be better than Spring in Korea! Be it the scent of warm sugary cinnamon stuffed pancakes (hotteok) that start to fill the air this time of year, the harvest goldmine of apples, tangerines, and persimmons, or the magnificent color story spanning the entire country, a South Korea autumn is like the Kelly Clarkson of the seasonal stage. Yeah dude, we’re talking original American Idol swag. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Let the photos speak for themselves!


The following pictures were taken at Daedunsan Mountain, Nami Island, the Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, and in South Korea. For more information about each South Korean fall destination, check out our travel guide for the Top Spots to Enjoy Autumn in Korea!


Here are 30 photos that prove, unequivocally, how badass the South Korea autumn really is.


These were all taken on our DJI Phantom, Canon G7X, and Canon Rebel, but we have since upgraded to the Canon 80D and are in love with it. Make sure to check out our traveling with a drone and essential cameras for every traveler guides for more info.


1. South Korea comes to life in autumn, like here at the Daedunsan Provincial Park 

Daedunsan Mountain, South Korea Autumn Leaves


2. Vibrant greens transform into autumn colors

Daedunsan Mountain, Green to Yellow trees


3. Like reds

Lauren Nami Island, South Korea Autumn

4. And super reds

South Korea autumn leaves, vibrant red


5. And SUPER DUPER reds

Daedunsan Mountain Provincial Park, South Korea autumn


6. And don’t forget the yellows

Changdeokgung Palace: South Korean architecture


7. Like these spectacular gingko biloba trees

Beautiful Nami Island in South Korea


8. Or the vibrant orange hues

Daedunsan Mountain, South Korea autumn


9. Like here at Daedunsan’s cloud bridge

Daedunsan Cloud Bridge, Autumn in Korea


10. (A perfect photo op, btw)

Daedunsan Mountain Cloud Bridge in South Korea autumn

11. Or its even higher exposed staircase

Daedunsan Mountain Staircase


12. And if you’re lazy, you can take the scenic cable car

Daedunsan Mountain Cable Car, South Korea autumn


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13. After all, the South Korea autumn leaves look just as magnificent from the sky

Daedunsan Park, Couples Travel for Autumn in Korea


14. As they do on the ground

South Korea autumn leaves, Nami Island

15. Or on the tree

Red leaves in Changdeokgung Palace, South Korean Autumn


16. (Or many trees)

South Korea Autumn, Nami Island

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17. And in a South Korea autumn, Seoul’s palaces explode in color

Changdeokgung Palace - Secret Garden, Autumn in Korea


18.With colors popping against the palace architecture

Changdeokgung Palace Autum Leaves in South Korea


19. You could just get lost in the autumn beauty

South Korea autumn, Changdeokgung Palace, Lauren


20. Or find someone else to get lost with

Couples Travel in Chagdeokgung Palace, Seoul


21. To feel that warm South Korea autumn sunlight

South Korea autumn Changdeokgung


22. Beneath a clear blue fall sky

Nami Island Zip Line


23. Wandering though some eulalia grass fields

Jeju Island, South Korea autumn


24. Or framed by some shockingly yellow trees

Nami Island, Autumn in Korea, perfect for Couples Travel

25. You could discover the beautiful traditional architecture at Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace, Secret Garden, South Korea autumn


26. With its Secret Garden

Lauren at Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul


27. Holding an impressive 26,000+ trees 

South Korea autumn, Ben at Changdeokgung Palace


28. Some with leaves bigger than your face

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29. Others perfect for twirling around

South Korea autumn Changdeokgung Secret Garden


30. And the rest that just plain win at life

Hanbok at Changdeokgung Palace, South Korea autumn


This South Korea autumn is kicking butt and taking names. With sassy “look-at-me!” colors spread across its magnificent body, South Korea has proven itself a champ on the autumn stage. Truly, the splendor of the South Korea autumn rivals that of its Korean cherry blossom spring and its record-breaking Jeju Island winter last year. But there’s more: the South Korean autumn even rivals its sizzlin’ summers that makes gems like the Hidden Beach of Jeju Island just so damn sexy. Feast your eyes on the spectacularly saturated landscapes, gorge yourself on hot toasty drinks and sweet treats, spread some kisses, and kick some ass with the season. If you’re looking for some life-winning seasonal amazingness, look no further than the South Korea autumn. And remember, we’re experts so we freaking know.


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30 Amazing Photos of South Korea in Autumn: With sugary cinnamon stuffed pancakes, harvest bounty, toasty drinks, cheeky mountains and near-neon autumnal hues, the South Korea autumn just won at life. 30 Amazing Photos of South Korea in Autumn: With sugary cinnamon stuffed pancakes, harvest bounty, toasty drinks, cheeky mountains and near-neon autumnal hues, the South Korea autumn just won at life.


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  • Reply
    November 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I lived in South Korea for a year and it is really beautiful there in autumn! Now I miss those days 😊 I might visit my friends there next year 😊 Thank you for the photos, it made me re-love my moments there😊

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      Lauren West
      November 30, 2016 at 3:27 am

      How lovely, Gracie! What part of South Korea did you live in?

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    November 29, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking!!!

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      Lauren West
      November 30, 2016 at 3:27 am

      Really appreciate you saying so!

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    Aryane @ Valises & Gourmandises
    November 30, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Simply stunning!!! I’m very curious about South Korea and would love to visit someday.
    I had no idea that they had proper autumns. I’m from Québec and I thought we had the monopoly over dead gorgeous fall colours! After all, we’re so famous for it! 🙂

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      Lauren West
      December 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Ahh I have yet to see Quebec during the peak of fall! When I visited, it was at the end of November, and it looks more like winter already. I’ll have to return soon!

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    Samarpita Sharma
    December 1, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I am sold. Never really found the idea of visiting South Korea, but these pics are so darn beautiful. This goes to my bucket list for sure!



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      Lauren West
      December 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Autumn is easily our favorite season in South Korea (although the cherry blossoms of spring are pretty spectacular as well!).

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    Davide uTravelShare.com
    December 2, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Nice TOP 30 pictures, breathtaking country with many stuff to do and see! I have been 4 months in South East Asia but I skipped places like China, South Korea, Japan! Thanks for sharing it

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:04 am

      You should make it back for an East Asia trip then!

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    December 4, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Wow, the autumn leaves looked amazing. It must be a place to see this time of the year. 🙂

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:05 am

      It really is! Autumn is definitely our favorite season in South Korea 🙂

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    December 4, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I can’t even describe in words how I feel about these pictures – golden Autumn my absolute favourite time of the year, and while I had a chance to experience it in different countries of the world, I haven’t seen anything close to what you’ve shown here!

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Why thank you, Anastasia! We really made sure we didn’t miss the South Korean autumn beauty this year!

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    December 5, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Wow these autumn colours are fantastic! South Korea looks amazing and I will deffo think about visiting here in the Autumn, Some fantastic pics!

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:07 am

      You’d love it, Katie! We’re thinking of seeing what China has to offer for autumn next year!

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    Nadine Rohner
    December 5, 2016 at 10:32 am

    wowwww stunning pictures – congrats. I reall love the couple pic <3 and of course the colors are so amazing!

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Yes the colors are spectacular! And thank you for the compliment, Nadine!

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    Iza Abao, Two Monkeys Travel Group Writer
    December 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I love your photos and just pinned this. = ) Based on your photos, Changdeokgung Palace looks like older from other palaces. Did you join a guided tour? I would probably get lost in this beautiful place.

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:10 am

      We didn’t join a guided tour because we like exploring freely when we can! I’m not sure if Changdeokgung is older but it’s the least restored and has the most original architecture!

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    The Travel Ninjas
    December 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Autumn in South Korea is definitley a life-winning event. Everything looked so warm and inviting. We just wanted to grab up a pile of leaves and toss them in the air. Riding in those cable cars must give spectacular views. Can’t wait to be visit South Korea again.

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Hey guys! Yes, autumn in South Korea is the best!

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    Ticker Eats The World
    December 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    WoWZA!! beautiful photographs that capture the beauty of nature at its colorful best. The closest i’ve seen anything like this is autumn in Germany but this is by far amazing.

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:11 am

      You should definitely come by for a visit!

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    December 6, 2016 at 2:33 am

    You are so lucky to have experienced such amazing autumn nature show! I love visiting a country that has all the 4 seasons, and where I can enjoy the changing of the leaves in autumn. You have witnessed some really beautiful colorful sights.

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Yes, South Korea is SO much more seasonal than Los Angeles! We love experiencing each season to the fullest because we can’t really do it on the same level at home!

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    Adam, Bite of Iceland
    December 6, 2016 at 3:20 am

    So beautiful! Absolutely stunning pictures 🙂 South Korea is really high on my bucket list 🙂

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    Awara Diaries
    December 6, 2016 at 4:21 am

    We loved South Korea when we saw a few Korean series last summer. But this post is something else! Need to explore South Korea, especially in Autumn.


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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:14 am

      It’s truly magnificent! Thank you for the kind words, Parampara!

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    December 6, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Amazing photos! What a colorful autumn in south korea! I like how you made the post simple yet catchy! It’s really a great post! Thanks for sharing! 😊

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Thanks so much for dropping by, Charmaine!

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    Wanderlust Vegans
    December 6, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Excellent, autumn in South Korea is full of amazing colours. It looks amazing there and you really have an eye for photography. Your personality comes through in your photos.

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:16 am

      We really appreciate you saying so!

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    December 6, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Autumn is such a spectacular month for taking photos. No 16 is my favourite. I love the symmetry. I’m going to have to add Allred to my list 😀

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Thank you, Allison! That’s one of my favorites as well 🙂

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    Nadine Cathleen
    December 6, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I love your hat!! The nature colours are amazing… perfect for an autumn walk! South Korea is still on my travel bucket list. We wanted to go this year but then it was way too busy. So maybe 2017 we will make it 🙂

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:17 am

      It’s definitely worth the trip, Nadine! Let me know if you need any tips!

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    Stefano uTravelShare.com
    December 7, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Stunning shots guys 🙂 last year I went to China, I was travelling across the country for 3 months and I fell in love about the people and the landscapes. In this month I’m going to move to Australia, and I’m thinking about new destinations to see around there…and after seeing your post I’ve decide to include South Korea 🙂 such an inspiration guys

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:18 am

      We’re thinking of having a similar long-term trip through China next year after the end of our teaching contract! China is such a massive country, it has so much beauty!

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    December 7, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Wow I have always really been very curious about South Korea. I would love to visit South Korea someday that too in Autumn. Thanks a lot for sharing

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    Jitaditya Narzary
    December 7, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Wow, amazing hues and they have been made better by your impeccable frames. I know when people talk about fall colours they mostly stick to North America but you have shown how underrated the Korean autumn has been. Whenever I make it to Korea, I will make sure that it is in autumn.

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Yes or Europe! Thank you so much for your lovely words, Jitaditya!

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    Carla Abanes
    December 7, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Loved your photos and your captions, especially the super duper reds. SK is indeed the place to go in Asia during autumn! Thanks for sharing!

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Yes the reds sure are vibrant. Thank you for the lovely words, Carla!

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    December 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    This is a cute romantic post! 🙂 Both of you look so good and happy together.
    Autumn has magic in its air! Spring will be pale here.

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      Lauren West
      December 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Definitely a whole lotta magic in that South Korean autumn air!

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    Abhinav Singh
    December 7, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    What a lovely place. Loved your pictures. South Korea has long been on my mind. After seeing your blog, I will make sure that whenever I visit it, it’s going to be in autumn. Inspiring.

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      Lauren West
      December 10, 2016 at 12:52 am

      Thank you for the kind words, Abhinav!

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    Jesper, The Biveros Effect
    December 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Really nice photos. It does really look amazing with all of those colors. You really must have found the perfect time of the year to visit the place. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lauren West
      December 10, 2016 at 12:52 am

      We tried to plan it out well. Next we’ll be working for capturing the best of a South Korean spring!

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    December 9, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Amazing pictures and love the colours. I’d love to visit in the autumn

    • Reply
      Lauren West
      December 10, 2016 at 12:51 am

      It’s spectacular! Let us know if you need any pointers!

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    December 13, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Wows! I had no idea South Korea was this beautiful in Autumn. Usually when you think of fall colors you think of the northeast here in the United States. These photos though make the northeast look like nothing! Overall great pictures!

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      Lauren West
      December 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much for saying so, Christina!

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    March 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I went to south korea in barren January but this really makes me want to return in the fall. thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!

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