Autumn is probably the best time to visit the enchanting country of Korea. This is the time when the sky sheds the many different hues of the year and wears a deep brilliantly blue color, marking a strikingly contrasting background for the trees; which painted in many shades of gold, red and orange. This is also the time when the entire nation gets involved in a host of autumn celebrations, making it the perfect time to savor the sights and sounds of Korea.
The mountains at the east coast of Korea, which is dotted by the Seoraksan National Park, is the first to change-over into the colors of Autumn. The southern parts of the country then gradually joins in. This transformative phase lasts for a better part of six to eight weeks allowing travelers, locals and nature enthusiasts enough time to soak in and savor the bright colors of Autumn.
A number of festivals are organized during this time to celebrate the onset of Autumn. Chief among them is the Korea Food Festival, which this year will be celebrated between 18th to 22nd October. Jeonju city, which is at a distance of about 1.5 hours drive due south from Seoul, is the host of this years festival. A part of the festivities is the Jeonju Bibimbap festival. Jeonju Bibimbap in Korean means mixed rice with vegetables and is a main attraction for visitors coming to Korea.
Other major attractions during the festivities are going to be Korean performing arts, concerts and of course Korean food and culture classes, a major part of that being healthy foods. The experience does not end at that. Visitors can have a great time experiencing how Korean food is prepared and can even try their hands at preparing Kimchi pizza. Kimchi is often considered synonymous with Korean food. A special item made from carefully fermented cabbage, chili, garlic and ginger, Kimchi is served with most traditional Korean meals and is something that is very popular among tourists coming to savor a taste of Korea’s cuisine.
For the shutterbugs, the trip from Jeonju to Naejangsan National Park can offer some stunning photography opportunities. The maple leaf walkway leading to the temple at the heart of the national park is one of the most breathtaking walks one will ever come across. Shutterbugs often come to Naejangsan National Park to specifically capture this walkway during this time of the year.
This year on 26th and 27th of October, Busan city is going to host an International Fireworks Festival. Watch with awe as the night sky gets lit brilliantly with the amazing display of fireworks, while the streets are filled with street parade and performances. Busan being a major sea port at the south of the country is easily accessible from most major towns. Travelers can easily make arrangements to stay here and experience the amazing fireworks show.
Jeju Island is playing host to the Jeju Olle Walking Festival from October 31st to November 3rd 2012. One can see first hand the way of life on the island, experience harvesting to enjoy the bounties of nature and watch the legendary female divers of the island. A traditional Jeju meal is going to pacify their hunger when they are tired of their travels and want some refreshments.