Autumn is Here

Next to spring (봄 – bom yes that same name of 2NE1 lead vocal), autumn is my next favorite season in Korea.  Autumn is 가울 (gaeul) in Korean and if you have watched Boys Over Flowers you might have known this as the name of Jandi’s best friend.  The weather starts to get cooler in autumn and this is the perfect time to walk around and enjoy the beauty of Korea.

Autumn in Nami

This year I will get to experience autumn once more and hopefully to see more of the wonderful colors of the season.  When maple leaves changes color from green to yellow to orange or red this called 단풍 물들다 (danpung muldeulda).  Picture above is taken from Nami Island in September of 2015.  Korea Tourism Organization says peak of the changing of colors happens this October.

Autumn is also called fall for the simple reason that this is the season where the leaves of trees start to fall off.  This is described as 낙엽 (nakyeop) or falling of leaves. By winter time, the trees would have lost its leaves.

seoraksan

During fall, Koreans love to go on hiking and Seoraksan is one of the best destinations of the season.  This place, which can be reached by 3 hour bus ride from Seoul, is filled with locals and tourist.  It offers various hiking trail with different levels of difficulty.

I am too excited to experience autumn once more and hoping to see the beautiful Garusogil lined up with trees in yellow or red.

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Fall In Love with Fall

Late October and Early November is the best time to experience Autumn in South Korea. Next to spring, autumn is my favorite season to be in South Korea.  This is when the leaves turn red.  The weather is not to hot and not to cold and for some reasons the surroundings warms the heart.  Maybe its the mix of yellow and read leaves which brings that feeling.  How I love this season.

Autumn Leaves. Photo courtesy of the Visit Korea Website.

Autumn in Korea is 가을 (gaeul). Just like 봄 (bom) or spring, 가을 is used as given name for girls.  Other than being born on autumn, the warmth of this season and the good weather are common inspiration to give such name to a pretty little one.

During this season a visit to a park is truly a wonderful experience.  Imagine walking with trees painted in yellow and red.  The falling leaves is the autumn’s version of cherry blossoms.

Fall in Munsu along Gochang Road. Picture courtesy of Visit Korea website.

So how do you say the weather is good today (because it is usually during autumn)?

  • 날씨가 좋네요. (Nalshiga choneyo – The weather is good)
  • 가을의 날씨가 좋다! (Gaeuri nalshiga choda! – The weather during autumn is good)

I feel like going to South Korea Now! If only I have Harry Potter’s floo powder, I’d be there on an instant and fall in love with autumn leaves *sigh*