Shades of orange, a tinge of burgundy, the most vibrant yellows, trails of brown, and a smattering of green — the colours of fall can bring out the artist and the romantic in everyone! Add to the magic some perfect weather to head out and explore the city while catching views that make you wonder if you are in a picture frame. Korea on your bucket list? Then there isn’t a more perfect time than now.
Begin your visit from Korea’s capital Seoul. While it is a bustling metropolitan, nestled in the city are viewing spots that allow you to step back and escape the frenzy. Find out more about the places to visit and HomeAways you can book for the perfect vacation.
Largest among the five palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, the Gyeongbokgung Palace dates back to 1395, when it was made for the first time. The Korean Kingdom of Josean lasted over five centuries and the palace remained the seat of authority, despite being destroyed and rebuilt in the 1800s. There is no better place than here to let the beauty of autumn stun you. Sit on one of the many benches around the beautiful garden and marvel at the beauty that surrounds you. A good time to visit is during the guard changing ceremony. The other palaces, although smaller in size, should also be on the agenda. Take time to explore the Deoksugung Palace and Samcheong-dong. While the Deoksugung Palace is massive, you will find modern architecture sharing space with historical buildings, which makes this palace even more unique. On the other hand, Samcheong- dong is in the centre of Insadong, one of Seoul’s most vibrant areas. So, no reason to leave that out!
If you love to know more about the history of places, and want to enjoy the beauty of the season while doing that, then you should book yourself into one of these properties below:
Home for a big group, close to the station
This beautiful, well-kept HomeAway in the centre of the city is ideal to visit the autumn viewing points and enjoy the perfect weather that Seoul has to offer at this time of the year. If it is convenience you value most on your travels, then it doesn’t get better than this. From easy access to the airport (a limousine pick-up, no less!), to a short walk away from the Gwanghwamun and Jonggak station, you will be staying walking-distance-away from many tourist attractions.
Average price per night: SGD 158
Cosy Myeongdong duplex
This snazzy, interestingly done-up pad is perfect for families or groups of travellers who are looking at a holiday chilling out and enjoying each other’s company, while visiting the beautiful city together. The low seating arrangement, bunk beds, and bean bags strewn around give this HomeAway a comfortable, relaxed vibe. You can also enjoy a stunning view of Seoul from the roof-top of the building, especially at night.
Average price per night: SGD 124
Traditional house at Insadong
What’s the joy of a visit to Seoul, without a history lesson thrown in! Book yourself into this Hanok, a traditional Korean home and understand how Koreans built their environment-friendly houses. While your Hanok comes with all modern amenities, like free Wi-Fi, clean bathrooms and televisions, Hanoks were traditionally built of materials that did no harm to the environment around them. Many still retain the heating systems (called ‘ondol’) and sleeping arrangements on the floor.
Average price per night: SGD 219
A vibrant landscape rich in colours of autumn, Namsan Park, the largest park in Seoul is the best place to view the fiery colours of the season. If you enjoy walking (and the season is perfect for it too!), take a leisurely stroll from the Namdaemun Market up to the Namsan mountain. Not to be missed here is the N Seoul Tower. Head to its observatory to enjoy a panoramic view of the Seoul autumn. A visit to this area will also see you ticking off other tourist attractions like the Namsan Botanic Garden and the Namsan Library.
If you are looking at staying in HomeAways near the Namsan Park, then here are some options:
White contemporary house at Seoul Station
This recently renovated duplex HomeAway comes with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is perfect for eight guests. The award-winning, beautifully designed home comes with a mezzanine floor and seating area overlooking the street, making it ideal to enjoy your early morning cup of coffee and plan your day. Clean, elegant and well-equipped, the home is easily accessible from the subways.
Average price per night: SGD 200
Apartment near Dongdaemun Design Plaza
This HomeAway on the 29th floor has been done up in hues of pink, with very interesting wall décor, making it a home with quite some character. And here’s why! The host is the CEO of ‘Desiglabel’ a design company in Korea. Apart from being a designer, the self-confessed foodie is happy to guide guests to some of the best eateries in town. It also does help that the HomeAway is just five minutes away from marts, the fashion street and flea markets! And a walk to the beautiful Namsan area is just fifteen minutes away.
Average price per night: SGD 326
This clean and elegant studio apartment is perfect for small families, as it houses four guests. Very close to the Myeongdong shopping area, you can shop for your basic essentials there or at the 24-hour convenience mart. This HomeAway has been recently renovated, and comes with basement parking space. It is ideal for non-smokers and close to most tourists’ spots that Seoul has to offer.
Average price per night: SGD 83
Alice & Warren’s apartment
What’s a holiday without some lavishness! Check-out this luxury duplex in the centre of Seoul and redefine your definition of a holiday. This fashionably-designed HomeAway gets you the comfort of a hotel, while you enjoy the cosy feel of home. With restaurants and cafes in close proximity, travelling far in the nippy cold can be avoided. On the other hand, getting to see beautiful Seoul in all the colours of the season becomes fairly easy!
Average price per night: SGD 83
Yangjae Citizens’ Park
Enjoy the colours of autumn and the cool weather of fall at the urban forests of Seoul. And here’s where you should head — the Yangjae Citizens’ Park. It was created way back in 1983 for the 1986 Asian Games and the Seoul Olympics (that followed soon after in 1988). With over 90,000 trees from more than 40 species, the Yangjae Citizens’ Park during fall ‘bears an abundance of persimmons and quinces, according to the Korea Tourism Organisation.’
Here’s where you should stay to enjoy the Yangjae Parl.
Clean and tidy studio apartment
This HomeAway gives you a glimpse of both sides of the city — the upbeat and exclusive Gangnam, which as Psy, the Korean rapper says is the ‘capital of Seoul;’ and the laidback Yangjae. The property comes with a landscaped rooftop garden, which is ideal to enjoy the weather. The apartment is best for two guests, and special arrangement needs to be made for children. With the Yangjae Park just five minutes away, seeing autumn in all its glory will never be a problem.
Average price per night: SGD 77
Love the world of books? Then, live in one! This fascinating HomeAway’s unique collectibles and books make it an interesting place to book – pun intended. Comfortable, clean and well-equipped with pots and pans, you can easily cook a meal or two here. Easily accessible from convenience stores, laundry marts, bus stops and hypermarkets, staying here doesn’t make you go hunting for anything you might need.
Average price per night: SGD 69
Comfortable, spotless studio
The comfortable and clean HomeAway is in a newly renovated building, and comes with all amenities needed for two guests. The host and her photographer husband love travelling, so they understand the concerns and pain points of tourists. Feel free to swap travel stories over a cup of coffee and get tips on what to do in the neighbourhood. Functional, fuss-free and neatly done-up, a stay here will help you focus all your energies on enjoying the autumn.
Average price per night: SGD 77
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