Autumn is the best time to visit South Korea, but the fall foliage is not the only thing you’ll see. Sneaking under the man-high silver grass and getting lost in the fiery sunset color is just as amazing.
Follow me to Haneul Park, one of the five big parks situated in the World Cup Park complex which was built to commemorate the 17th FIFA World Cup. Amongst them, Haneul Park sits on the highest point, peppered with silver grass and pink muhly grass, with a big observation deck perched in the middle of the silver grass area.
Visiting Haneul Park for the first time? Read on to discover the best way to get there, the shuttle bus location, and what to see along the way.
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How to Get to Haneul Park? A Walking Itinerary
Haneul Park is just a short walk away from World Cup Park. To get there, take the subway line 6 to the World Cup Stadium Station, get off and head out towards Exit 1, turn right and the World Cup Stadium should be in front of you.
Keep walking towards the big road where you’ll see a small bus stop covered by a glass panel. Further down the road, there is an overpass. Right after you cross under the overpass, there should be a zebra line where you cross the street to catch the shuttle bus. The return shuttle trip will be on a different route, cruising past another beautiful park, Nanjicheon Park to return at Haneul Park’s entrance every half an hour.
If you don’t want to take the shuttle bus but rather train your legs on a short hike uphill, you can choose to walk 291 steps up the stairs to the summit. If you visit the park in autumn, the weather should not be too harsh for this scenic outdoor workout. Another benefit of the hike is that you don’t have to waste time in a queue for 30 minutes.
Immerse into A Dazzling World of Silvergrass, Fall Foliage, and Sunset on Top of the Park
Once you reach the top of the park, the awe-inspiring vista over the Han River and the misty skyline will give your eyes a big treat. This scenery specifically comes alive in autumn when all leaves and bushes start to switch color into the dramatic fall foliage of red, yellow, and orange.
One of the coolest scenes to check out once you get there is the vast silver grassland. They come into full bloom during October, delivering a rustic, dream-like color contrast to the fall foliage you’ve seen elsewhere in the city. I got there around 5 pm when the sun was about to escape under the horizon, casting its dazzling color over the dramatic silver grass.
It’s such a temptation to plan a picnic or pack a book to read with the view. However, I highly recommend you engage in the stroll as much as possible to make the most of your time and get rid of the flies. They can be annoying sometimes.