Three Reasons to Love the Fall Season in Korea
Korean fall is the definition of ‘sweater weather’. In early October, the daytime temperature drops to a pleasant 20 degrees Celsius and the suffocating humidity of summer is replaced by crisp fall air. Every day is bright and sunny, and — this is very important for someone born and raised on the west coast of Norway — there is no harsh wind. Ever. (Except for the occasional typhoon). This is the perfect weather for doing all the things that couldn’t be done because of the hot weather in the summer, such as hiking, visiting theme parks or simply enjoying a coffee outside without hiding in the shade.
With the lovely weather comes another fall favorite: the leaves change color. Every year, like clockwork, the leaves change from a lustrous green to a fiery display of red and yellow. In fact, the seasonal change is so stable that you can book tours to foliage hotspots to see the colors at their peak time they even provide you with the best date to visit each area. This is the perfect time to explore palace gardens, go hiking in the mountains or take strolls along the river parks. For me, fall has always been associated with rain hitting you sideways and your umbrella turning inside out every five minutes as you fight the wind. I’m currently writing this while sipping a coffee on a bench at my university campus, watching leaves fall in the setting sun and finally understanding the crazy people who claim fall is their favorite season. Pure movie magic.
Because the weather is still mild and dry, fall is a great season to play with fashion. No wornout rain boots or waterproof jacket needed. And where better to do it than at Seoul Fashion Week? Hosted at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), the fashion week attracts people with a million different styles and offers an amazing opportunity for peoplewatching. You can spend your time looking for celebrities on the red carpet, or just checking out the new season’s trends. If you’re not camerashy you could always try dressing up and striking a pose along with all the other influencers and fashionistas around the venue the chance of one of the photographers snapping a picture of you is actually pretty high.
So put on your best trench and enjoy a lovely stroll through colorful palace gardens in the afternoon sun. Happy fall!