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Korea Fall Foliage Shuttle Bus Tour: Naejangsan National Park

Now that the scorching heat is gone, it is time to go outdoors and admire the beautiful autumn leaves! And here we present to you the ultimate autumn foliage shuttle bus packages.

With this free & easy round-trip transportation shuttle package, you can enjoy one of four different mountains in the east and west of Korea: Buddhist temple with a 1,100 years old ginkgo tree- Yongmunsa Temple, scenic trails with foliage tunnel- Naejangsan National Park, and rocky mountains with 50-meter long suspension bridge- Daedunsan mountain. The peak season for fall foliage differs depending on the mountains, so check your schedule and join the tour to see those brilliant colors! Although there is no English-speaking staff/guide for this package, this will do if you are looking for an easy way to enjoy the foliage.

Options

1) Seoraksan National Park – Ulsanbawi (울산바위)
October 15 ~ November 6 (Weekends Only)

Seoraksan National Park is without a doubt on the top list on Koreans’ minds when it comes to fall foliage. Ulsanbawi course is one of the most popular trekking routes in Seoraksan National Park. Most of the trails on this route are intermediate level but they get more challenging as you get closer to Ulsanbawi Rock since the trails heading to Ulsanbawi Rock from Heundeulbawi are steep and have many stairs. However, the magnificent view of the eastern coastline and Sokcho City from Gwongeumseong Fortress will make all the hiking worthwhile.

Itinerary
6:45am – City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)
7:20am – Jamsil Station (Line 2, 8) Exit 9 (In front of Seoul Transportation Center)
11:00am – Arrive at Seoraksan National Park
4:30pm – Leave for Seoul
8:20pm – Arrive at City Hall Station
8:40pm – Arrive at Jamsil Station
*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.
*A 20-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.

Recommended Trail Routes
Route A) Sogongwon (소공원) – Cable Car – Sinheungsa Temple (신흥사) – Naewonam Buddhist Hermitage (내원암) – Heundeulbawi (흔들바위) – Ulsanbawi Rock (울산바위, an altitude of 873m)
– One way: 3.8km (About 2 hours)
– Trail level: Intermediate to advanced

Route B) Sogongwon (소공원) – Cable Car to Gwongeumseong Fortress (권금성)
– One way:1.5km (About 30 minutes by cable car)
– Trail level: Easy
*It may take longer if you take a cable car depending on the waiting time.

**Seorak Sogongwon Cable Car (Optional)**
– Sogongwon to Gwongeumseong Fortress
– Admission Fee
Adult (14yrs~): 10,000 won (round-trip only)
Child (3~13yrs): 6,000 won (round-trip only)
– Children under 36 months old are free of charge.

2) Seoraksan National Park – Baekdamsa Temple (백담사)
October 15 ~ November 6 (Weekends Only)

If you prefer more moderate treks, the Baekdamsa Temple course is recommended. Baekdamsa Temple is Seoraksan’s most visited and well-known temple which lures numerous visitors every year. With beautiful scenery and relatively moderate hiking trails, this course is very popular with many hikers. You will love the mountain covered in gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow.

Itinerary
6:45am – City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)
7:20am – Jamsil Station (Line 2, 8) Exit 9 (In front of Seoul Transportation Center)
11:00am – Arrive at Seoraksan National Park
4:30pm – Leave for Seoul
8:20pm – Arrive at City Hall Station
8:40pm – Arrive at Jamsil Station
*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.
*A 20-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.

Recommended Trail Route
Route A) Baekdam Parking Lot (백담 주차장) – Bus (18 min, 7.1km) – Baekdamsa Temple (백담사) – Yeongsiam Buddhist Hermitage (영시암)
– One way (From Baekdamsa Temple to Yeongsiam Buddhist Hermitage): 3.5km (About 1.5 hours)
– Trail level: Moderate to intermediate

Route B) Baekdam Parking Lot (백담 주차장) – Baekdamsa Temple (백담사) – Yeongsiam Buddhist Hermitage (영시암)
– One way: 10.6km (About 3 hours)
– Trail level: Moderate to intermediate
*Visitors are advised to take the bus from Baekdam Parking Lot to Baekdamsa Temple, as some parts of the road only have sidewalks instead of pedestrian zones, thus it may not be safe.
The bus fare: 2,300 won (one-way)

3) Yongmunsa Temple
October 15 ~ November 6 (Weekends Only)

Located in Yongmunsan mountain in Gyeonggi-do, not too far from Seoul, Yongmunsa Temple is a great option if you would like to enjoy a serene view of the beautiful Korean Buddhist temple with colorful autumn leaves. Th temple especially is famous for its gigantic ginkgo tree, believed to be 1,100 years old, that stands on the grounds of the temple. Take a day trip to Yongmunsa Temple and have a look at those golden ginkgo leaves.

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Itinerary
7:50am – City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)
8:40am – Jamsil Station (Line 2, 8) Exit 9 (In front of Seoul Transportation Center)
10:30am – Arrive at Yongmunsa Temple
4:30pm – Leave for Seoul
7:20pm – Arrive at Jamsil Station
7:40pm – Arrive at City Hall Station
*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.
*A 20-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.

Recommended Trail Route
Yongmunsan Resort (용문산 관광지) – Yongmunsa Temple (용문사) – Sangwonsa Temple (상원사)

4) Naejangsan National Park – Naejangsa Temple (내장사)
October 29 ~ November 13 (Weekends Only)

On this side of Naejangsan National Park (763m), you can take a cable car to reach one of the peaks, Yeonjabong. When you get off the cable car, walk about 300m and then you will get to the Yeonjabong Peak’s observatory and enjoy the great view. If you’d rather hike, the trekking trails are great, too.

Itinerary
6:45am – City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)
7:10am – Yangjae Station (Line 3, Sinbundang) Exit 12 (In front of Seocho-gu District Office)
11:00am – Arrive at Naejangsan National Park
4:30pm – Leave for Seoul
8:20pm – Arrive at Yangjae Station
8:40pm – Arrive at City Hall Station
*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.
*A 20-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.

Recommended Trail Route
Route A) Naejang Park Information Center (내장 탐방지원센터) – Cable Car – 300m walk to the Observation Platform (전망대) – 800m downhill trail to Naejangsa Temple (내장사) – Wonjeogam Buddhist Hermitage (원적암) – Byeongnyeonam Buddhist Hermitage (벽련암/백련암) – Iljumun (Single Pillar Gate, 일주문)
– One way: 6.6km (About 3 hours)
– Trail level: Moderate to advanced
*It may take longer if you take a cable car depending on the waiting time.
*It is about an hour’s walk (2.3km) from Naejang Park Information Center (내장 탐방지원센터) to Naejangsan Visitor Center (내장산 탐방 안내소). There is also a shuttle bus (1,000 KRW per adult) which takes about 25 minutes.

**Naejangsan Mountain Cable Car (Optional)**
– Naejang Park Information Center to Yeonjabong Peak Observation Platform
– Admission Fee
Adult (14yrs~): 6,000 won (round-trip) / 4,000 won (one-way)
Child (3~13yrs): 3,000 won (round-trip) / 2,000 won (one-way)
*Children under 36 months old are free of charge.

Route B) Naejang Park Information Center (내장 탐방지원센터) – Naejangsan Visitor Center (내장산 탐방 안내소) – Iljumun (Single Pillar Gate, 일주문) – Naejangsa Temple (내장사) – Wonjeogam Buddhist Hermitage (원적암) – Byeongnyeonam Buddhist Hermitage (벽련암/백련암) – Iljumun (Single Pillar Gate, 일주문)
– One way: 6km total (About 2.5 hours)
– Trail level: Moderate to intermediate
*It is about an hour’s walk (2.3km) from Naejang Park Information Center (내장 탐방지원센터) to Naejangsan Visitor Center (내장산 탐방 안내소). There is also a shuttle bus (1,000 KRW per adult) which takes about 25 minutes.

5) Naejangsan National Park – Baegyangsa Temple (백양사)
October 29 ~ November 13 (Weekends Only)

Baegyangsa Temple at Naejangsan National Park is situated in one of the most scenic and beautiful locations in Korea. As you walk along the way to the temple, you can enjoy the perfect fall foliage with crimson maple leaves everywhere. If you are willing to hike advanced level trek for a stunning landscape, try to visit Baekhakbong Peak (651m)!

Itinerary
6:45am – City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)
7:10am – Yangjae Station (Line 3, Sinbundang) Exit 12 (In front of Seocho-gu District Office)
11:00am – Arrive at Naejangsan National Park
4:30pm – Leave for Seoul
8:20pm – Arrive at Yangjae Station
8:40pm – Arrive at City Hall Station
*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.
*A 20-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.

Recommended Trail Route
Baekyangsa Temple (백양사) – Yaksaam Buddhist Hermitage (약사암) – Baekhakbong Peak (백학봉, an altitude of 651m)
– One way: 1.9km (About 1.5 hours)
– Trail level: Intermediate to advanced

6) Daedunsan Mountain
October 22 ~ November 13 (Weekends Only)

Daedunsan mountain (878m) is known for its extremely steep and rocky landscapes. It resembles Seoraksan on a smaller scale, but its famous 50-meter long red suspension bridge over a ravine makes the park special. If you want to enjoy the autumn leaves and also add a bit of excitement to your trip, this course is highly recommended.

Itinerary
6:45am – City Hall station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)
7:10am – Yangjae Station (Line 3, Sinbundang) Exit 12 (In front of Seocho-gu District Office)
10:30am – Arrive at Daedunsan Mountain
4:30pm – Leave for Seoul
8:20pm – Arrive at Yangjae Station
8:30pm – Arrive at City Hall Station
*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.
*A 15-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.

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Recommended Trail Route
Cable car to Dongsimbawi Rock (동심바위) – Geumgang Gureumdari Bridge (구름다리) – Macheondae Peak (마천대, an altitude of 878m)
– One way: 2.5 km (About 1.5 hours)
– Trail level: Intermediate to advanced
*It may take longer if you take a cable car depending on the waiting time.

**Daedunsan Cable Car (Optional)**
– Admission Fee
Adult (14yrs~): 9,000 won (round-trip) / 6,000 won (one-way)
Child (3~13yrs): 6,000 won (round-trip) / 4,000 won (one-way)
– Children under 36 months old are free of charge.

With this free & easy round-trip transportation shuttle package, you can enjoy one of four different mountains in the east and west of Korea: Buddhist temple with a 1,100 years old ginkgo tree-, scenic trails with foliage tunnel-, and rocky mountains with 50-meter long suspension bridge-. The peak season for fall foliage differs depending on the mountains, so check your schedule and join the tour to see those brilliant colors! Although there is no English-speaking staff/guide for this package, this will do if you are looking for an easy way to enjoy the foliage.October 15 ~ November 6 (Weekends Only)Seoraksan National Park is without a doubt on the top list on Koreans’ minds when it comes to fall foliage. Ulsanbawi course is one of the most popular trekking routes in Seoraksan National Park. Most of the trails on this route are intermediate level but they get more challenging as you get closer to Ulsanbawi Rock since the trails heading to Ulsanbawi Rock from Heundeulbawi are steep and have many stairs. However, the magnificent view of the eastern coastline and Sokcho City from Gwongeumseong Fortress will make all the hiking worthwhile.6:45am – City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)7:20am – Jamsil Station (Line 2, 8) Exit 9 (In front of Seoul Transportation Center)11:00am – Arrive at Seoraksan National Park4:30pm – Leave for Seoul8:20pm – Arrive at City Hall Station8:40pm – Arrive at Jamsil Station*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.*A 20-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.Route A) Sogongwon (소공원) – Cable Car – Sinheungsa Temple (신흥사) – Naewonam Buddhist Hermitage (내원암) – Heundeulbawi (흔들바위) – Ulsanbawi Rock (울산바위, an altitude of 873m)- One way: 3.8km (About 2 hours)- Trail level: Intermediate to advancedRoute B) Sogongwon (소공원) – Cable Car to Gwongeumseong Fortress (권금성)- One way:1.5km (About 30 minutes by cable car)- Trail level: Easy*It may take longer if you take a cable car depending on the waiting time.**Seorak Sogongwon Cable Car (Optional)**- Sogongwon to Gwongeumseong Fortress- Admission FeeAdult (14yrs~): 10,000 won (round-trip only)Child (3~13yrs): 6,000 won (round-trip only)- Children under 36 months old are free of charge.October 15 ~ November 6 (Weekends Only)If you prefer more moderate treks, the Baekdamsa Temple course is recommended. Baekdamsa Temple is Seoraksan’s most visited and well-known temple which lures numerous visitors every year. With beautiful scenery and relatively moderate hiking trails, this course is very popular with many hikers. You will love the mountain covered in gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow.6:45am – City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)7:20am – Jamsil Station (Line 2, 8) Exit 9 (In front of Seoul Transportation Center)11:00am – Arrive at Seoraksan National Park4:30pm – Leave for Seoul8:20pm – Arrive at City Hall Station8:40pm – Arrive at Jamsil Station*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.*A 20-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.Route A) Baekdam Parking Lot (백담 주차장) — Baekdamsa Temple (백담사) – Yeongsiam Buddhist Hermitage (영시암)- One way (From Baekdamsa Temple to Yeongsiam Buddhist Hermitage): 3.5km (About 1.5 hours)- Trail level: Moderate to intermediateRoute B) Baekdam Parking Lot (백담 주차장) – Baekdamsa Temple (백담사) – Yeongsiam Buddhist Hermitage (영시암)- One way: 10.6km (About 3 hours)- Trail level: Moderate to intermediate*Visitors are advised to take the bus from Baekdam Parking Lot to Baekdamsa Temple, as some parts of the road only have sidewalks instead of pedestrian zones, thus it may not be safe.The bus fare: 2,300 won (one-way)October 15 ~ November 6 (Weekends Only)Located in Yongmunsan mountain in Gyeonggi-do, not too far from Seoul, Yongmunsa Temple is a great option if you would like to enjoy a serene view of the beautiful Korean Buddhist temple with colorful autumn leaves. Th temple especially is famous for its gigantic ginkgo tree, believed to be 1,100 years old, that stands on the grounds of the temple. Take a day trip to Yongmunsa Temple and have a look at those golden ginkgo leaves.7:50am – City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)8:40am – Jamsil Station (Line 2, 8) Exit 9 (In front of Seoul Transportation Center)10:30am – Arrive at Yongmunsa Temple4:30pm – Leave for Seoul7:20pm – Arrive at Jamsil Station7:40pm – Arrive at City Hall Station*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.*A 20-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.Yongmunsan Resort (용문산 관광지) – Yongmunsa Temple (용문사) – Sangwonsa Temple (상원사)October 29 ~ November 13 (Weekends Only)On this side of Naejangsan National Park (763m), you can take a cable car to reach one of the peaks, Yeonjabong. When you get off the cable car, walk about 300m and then you will get to the Yeonjabong Peak’s observatory and enjoy the great view. If you’d rather hike, the trekking trails are great, too.6:45am – City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)7:10am – Yangjae Station (Line 3, Sinbundang) Exit 12 (In front of Seocho-gu District Office)11:00am – Arrive at Naejangsan National Park4:30pm – Leave for Seoul8:20pm – Arrive at Yangjae Station8:40pm – Arrive at City Hall Station*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.*A 20-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.Route A) Naejang Park Information Center (내장 탐방지원센터) – Cable Car – 300m walk to the Observation Platform (전망대) – 800m downhill trail to Naejangsa Temple (내장사) – Wonjeogam Buddhist Hermitage (원적암) – Byeongnyeonam Buddhist Hermitage (벽련암/백련암) – Iljumun (Single Pillar Gate, 일주문)- One way: 6.6km (About 3 hours)- Trail level: Moderate to advanced*It may take longer if you take a cable car depending on the waiting time.*It is about an hour’s walk (2.3km) from Naejang Park Information Center (내장 탐방지원센터) to Naejangsan Visitor Center (내장산 탐방 안내소). There is also a shuttle bus (1,000 KRW per adult) which takes about 25 minutes.**Naejangsan Mountain Cable Car (Optional)**- Naejang Park Information Center to Yeonjabong Peak Observation Platform- Admission FeeAdult (14yrs~): 6,000 won (round-trip) / 4,000 won (one-way)Child (3~13yrs): 3,000 won (round-trip) / 2,000 won (one-way)*Children under 36 months old are free of charge.Route B) Naejang Park Information Center (내장 탐방지원센터) – Naejangsan Visitor Center (내장산 탐방 안내소) – Iljumun (Single Pillar Gate, 일주문) – Naejangsa Temple (내장사) – Wonjeogam Buddhist Hermitage (원적암) – Byeongnyeonam Buddhist Hermitage (벽련암/백련암) – Iljumun (Single Pillar Gate, 일주문)- One way: 6km total (About 2.5 hours)- Trail level: Moderate to intermediate*It is about an hour’s walk (2.3km) from Naejang Park Information Center (내장 탐방지원센터) to Naejangsan Visitor Center (내장산 탐방 안내소). There is also a shuttle bus (1,000 KRW per adult) which takes about 25 minutes.October 29 ~ November 13 (Weekends Only)Baegyangsa Temple at Naejangsan National Park is situated in one of the most scenic and beautiful locations in Korea. As you walk along the way to the temple, you can enjoy the perfect fall foliage with crimson maple leaves everywhere. If you are willing to hike advanced level trek for a stunning landscape, try to visit Baekhakbong Peak (651m)!6:45am – City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)7:10am – Yangjae Station (Line 3, Sinbundang) Exit 12 (In front of Seocho-gu District Office)11:00am – Arrive at Naejangsan National Park4:30pm – Leave for Seoul8:20pm – Arrive at Yangjae Station8:40pm – Arrive at City Hall Station*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.*A 20-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.Baekyangsa Temple (백양사) – Yaksaam Buddhist Hermitage (약사암) – Baekhakbong Peak (백학봉, an altitude of 651m)- One way: 1.9km (About 1.5 hours)- Trail level: Intermediate to advancedOctober 22 ~ November 13 (Weekends Only)Daedunsan mountain (878m) is known for its extremely steep and rocky landscapes. It resembles Seoraksan on a smaller scale, but its famous 50-meter long red suspension bridge over a ravine makes the park special. If you want to enjoy the autumn leaves and also add a bit of excitement to your trip, this course is highly recommended.6:45am – City Hall station (Line 1, 2) Exit 4 (In front of Korea Press Center Building)7:10am – Yangjae Station (Line 3, Sinbundang) Exit 12 (In front of Seocho-gu District Office)10:30am – Arrive at Daedunsan Mountain4:30pm – Leave for Seoul8:20pm – Arrive at Yangjae Station8:30pm – Arrive at City Hall Station*The itinerary is subject to change depending on local traffic conditions.*A 15-minute stop at a rest area is included on the way.Cable car to Dongsimbawi Rock (동심바위) – Geumgang Gureumdari Bridge (구름다리) – Macheondae Peak (마천대, an altitude of 878m)- One way: 2.5 km (About 1.5 hours)- Trail level: Intermediate to advanced*It may take longer if you take a cable car depending on the waiting time.**Daedunsan Cable Car (Optional)**- Admission FeeAdult (14yrs~): 9,000 won (round-trip) / 6,000 won (one-way)Child (3~13yrs): 6,000 won (round-trip) / 4,000 won (one-way)- Children under 36 months old are free of charge.

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