Picture-perfect in Seoul

Experience Seoul’s fall colours at its famed palaces and parks. Pictured is the The Shilla Seoul, which also houses an outdoor sculpture park with a 1.6km walking trail.
Experience Seoul’s fall colours at its famed palaces and parks. Pictured is the The Shilla Seoul, which also houses an outdoor sculpture park with a 1.6km walking trail.

As the weather cools and the leaves change into their fiery autumnal hues, inspire delegates with an outdoor programme at Seoul's cultural and nature scenes.

Here are five unique venues to consider:

1. Seoul Forest Park
Located by the iconic Hangang River, Seoul Forest Park is popular with nature lovers, especially as the spring cherry blossoms make way for vibrant autumn leaves. 

The serene ambiance of the park is enhanced by willowy trees, quaint pathways, butterflies, and an ecology forest where deer, elk, and chipmunks can be spotted. The park is also open throughout the year.

2. Changdeok Palace 
Seoul is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites and Changdeok Palace is the most well-preserved palace from Korea's last dynasty. In the fall, the palace's heritage venues are transformed into a striking scene of crimson leaves and fall foliage.

Head to the palace's "secret garden", which was a renowned recreational venue for the royal family. Most of the original greenery has been retained, with striking pagodas and fountains dotting the space. 

For a more exclusive experience, book delegates on a moonlight tour at the palace, which includes a guided stroll through the royal palace under a starry night sky. 

3. Changgyeonggung Palace 
The historic Changgyeonggung Palace, built by the Joseon emperor, Sejong, who created the modern Korean alphabet, features a greenhouse and two ponds at the rear distinguished by arched bridges. 

An iconic sight in autumn is the palace's main hall, Myeongjeongjeon, which traditionally hosted state meetings and royal banquets. It is the oldest hall today, and has a unique architecture as it was built on an elevated stone yard with low roofs. Another highlight is the Punggidae, an instrument once used to check the speed and direction of the wind. 

Changgyeonggung Palace is also notable for having weathered Korea's turbulent political eras. During the Japanese colonial rule, the palace was converted into a zoo and botanical garden and was only restored to its former glory in 1983. 


4. Deoksugung Stone Wall Road 
Deoksugung Stone Wall Road is Seoul's first urban space created from eco-friendly materials. Lined with trees and benches, it is famous for being littered with rich yellow gingko leaves during the fall. The leisurely 900m stroll along Deoksugung Stone Wall Road provides the ultimate urban escape. 

Within walking distance of the Stone Wall Road, Deoksugung Palace offers a scenic backdrop of traditional royal architecture. A 500-year-old maple tree in the garden has featured in numerous Korean blockbusters. Visitors to this site are also within close proximity to the Seoul Museum of Art, National Museum of Modern Contemporary Art, and Seoul Museum of History. 

5. Sculpture Park at The Shilla Seoul 
Visitors can explore a 1.6km walking trail, which winds through lush forest greenery and The Shilla Seoul's collection of 60-plus sculptures by celebrated Korean artists. The Garden is also set along the famed Seoul Fortress Wall, dating back to the 13th century. 

Another highlight is the Urban Island, an outdoor oasis overlooking the N Seoul Tower and Seoul's skyline. It features private cabanas, heated indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzis and a Finnish sauna for an intimate and exclusive retreat in the city.

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