The season of Autumn foliage is here. Korean people love to hike the mountain this season to enjoy the beautiful color of leaves. Korea is a country 70% of lands are cover by mountains, so loving toward mountains is just natural. The majority of Korean foliage trees are the Japanese maple tree, Ginko tree, Cherry tree, Zelkova tree, Sour tree, and Oaktree. There are many mountains to enjoy the foliage if you have a vehicle, but some areas are hard to reach by public transportations.
Therefore, we will share a few ideas of where to enjoy Autumn foliage without having your vehicle. Please follow me!!!
The Big City Close From Osan AB / Suwon
Suwon is only seven subway stops from the Songtan Station and 40mins driving by a car. The city is one of the most populated cities in South Korea and one of the cities that have Joseon Dynasty’s castles. Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung was a temporary palace for a king’s outing to Gyeonggi Province. The reason this palace is famous because of the one of the great King Jeong-Jo and he stayed here while he built Suwon Hwasung. The purpose of Suwon Hwasung was to show the strength of the King and his government. The King hired some of the smartest people in the Joseon Dynasty, and he finished this 19-miles fortress. Suwon Hwasung is named one of the most beautiful places in South Korea by CNN. Also, both of these places have the title of World Heritage by UNESCO. During the fall season, you can enjoy the beautiful color leaves while walking around heritage. Visiting Suwon and Hwasung Fortress might be a good day trip for you and your family.
If you want to hike the mountain instead of walking inside the city, there is a place. Gyanggyosan is the mountain you can hike for the foliage. Some courses might be a little tricky for the beginner, so make sure to research before making a plan.
Quiet Picnic Day Trip from Osan Air Base / Hwasung
The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang is the place for the beautiful autumn foliage. Although you are not religious, this place is worth to visit for a nice trail for walking and enjoy sculptures. Also, you can learn a thing or two about Korea's catholic history. Since this spot is a religious place, it is calm. So, if you need to get away from crazy daily life, this place will make you forget everything. All you need to do is wear your favorite jacket and walking around trails. Your healing day will definitely worthy.
Before I start this tour, you all know we are not living in Osan, right? We are calling Osan Air Base, but the exact location is in Pyeontaek-Si(old Songtan-Si). The reason we are calling Osan Air Base is that the Osan is much easy to pronounce and easy to communicate thru radios than Songtan. Okay. Then, let's go to the nearby trail in Osan City.
Osan Doksan Fortress trail is probably one of the closest trails beside Burak Mountain. Some of the trails are more than 5KM, so it will be quiet walking. If you reach the top, you can see Suwon, Osan, and Singal at once. Also, this trail is including some historic sites, so it won't be boring just walking trails. Osan Doksan Fortress autumn foliage will let Osan people know there is autumn in Osan. If you have time, please visit this place this weekend.
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