October-November: Fall Foliage in Korea
Not a flower person? Fulfil your fall foliage fantasies instead at Namiseom, better known as half an hour from Chuncheon City near Seoul.
Originally formed in 1944 by the rising waters of the North Han River,
Nami Island rose to stardom after the filming of the drama “Winter Sonata” in
2002. While it takes about three hours to explore the whole island on foot, here are a few checkpoints for those seeking the autumn hue: Saunter along the popular Metasequoia Lane and relive the heartbreaking love story between Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo beneath a crimson umbrage; or jump on a bike and ride off to White Birch Lane, where the pale towering trunks explode into fireworks of fiery red above your head.
Sign up for a day tour from mid-October to mid-November with travelfever.com ($668), which takes you to Nami Island, the fairytale-like Petite France village and Gangchon Rail Park where you can pedal on a bright red four-seater cart along old train tracks following the North Han River.
Nami Island, 1, Namiseom-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon City, Gangwon-do, Korea, (+82) 31-580-8114.