Welcome to Jeju-Do, the crown jewel of South Korea’s tourism. It is not hard to see why this stunning island with its volcanoes, beaches, waterfalls, and caves is hailed as a honeymooner’s paradise. But there is so much more to it than that. If you are wondering about a good time to visit, autumn is our top pick. The sight of the bright red and orange leaves, the silvery Eulalia grass, the hiking season, and mild temperatures make the period from September to November the best time to experience this stunning island. Leaf viewing is almost a sport in this beautiful region, and it’s easy to see why! Jeju is the last province in the country to experience the change in foliage. With its reddish-brown Sargent’s Cherry, Japanese Snowbell, and maple trees giving the island a magical makeover, you can say the best is indeed saved for the last when it comes to autumn viewing. These are the areas you can explore for a great autumn view.
Jeju East Side
Many call the hikes here a once-in-a lifetime experience. Add to it the blanket of bright autumn leaves and you have a view that’s truly special. Spend a night in the Seongsan-Ri village, then head over to the majestic Seongsan Ilchul-bong volcano in the early hours of the morning for a hike up to the crater rim, and catch a magnificent view of the sunrise. This is also home to the Darangshi Oreum whose views of the sunrise peak, Udo island, and Hallasan peak are unparalleled. The Yeongsil trail upto Hallasan, renowned for its red and yellow autumn leaves are a sight you should not miss. Why not stay in a home that gives you the best ticket to the autumn hues? Here are the HomeAways we recommend.
1. Scent of the wood
This wooden hideout is practically in the lap of mother nature. Enjoy a commanding view of the ocean, the beautiful flora, and hear the birds of the forest chirp around you. Open up a bottle of wine and order in a meal as you enjoy the luxuries this home offers for upto 8 guests. Don’t be fooled by its log cabin look though; this one comes with all modern amenities.
Average price per night: SGD 116
2. Serene hideaway
Comfortable, well equipped, and spacious, you are sure to enjoy your stay with your family and friends as you have the whole house to yourself. This outdoorsy wooden HomeAway is built for adventure and is located conveniently, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds yet easy to reach from different parts of the city. Swap stories about your autumn sightings and enjoy a cup of tea with the beautiful scenery in the backdrop.
Average price per night: SGD 195
3. Spectacular view of nature
Get a kaleidoscope-like view of nature’s astonishing elements right from the Seongsan Ilchulbong, Venice Island to Udi Maritime County park from the confines of this cosy and modern apartment. Fire up the barbecue or simply enjoy the complimentary frozen food offered to guests at this home. With a private garden at your disposal, a walk on the grass with the autumn leaves around you is just the relaxing holiday you need.
Average price per night: SGD 127
Jeju City Center area
As the name suggests, Jeju-Si is truly the centre of action. Located between Mt. Halla and the coast, the area is home to historical government buildings, the Halla Arboretum and street markets. Take a drive on the coastal road from Yongduam Rock for a great view during the autumn season. Do spend time at the Bijarim forest, home to over 2500 nutmeg trees. The Yeomiji Botanical garden with its floral wonders is not to be missed either. Love theme parks and forest foliage? You don’t have to choose. Climb aboard a steam powered train of the yore at the Eco Land theme park and experience a first-hand look at the lesser explored Gotjawal forest. Check out these fantastic HomeAways that are sure to keep you in proximity to these wonderful sights.
1. Close to the airport
If autumn foliage is on your mind, you don’t have to go far. At this bright and delightfully put together HomeAway, an autumn leaf sighting is just minutes away, as is the airport. Enjoy the view of oranges being picked at a Korean farm as you whip up a barbecue meal. The Myoungo-Am, a nature friendly village is close by too. With the convenience it offers, and a spectacular view of the fall, this HomeAway is usually in great demand during this season so do book fast!
Average price per night: SGD 76
2. Perfect for families
This HomeAway, with its spacious interiors, modern amenities, and vast open space is the perfect holiday home for the family. Feel right at home in this well-furnished property that is a popular venue for event and wedding photo shoots. Enjoy being in proximity to several tourist spots like Forest Park, Deer Park, Eco Land theme park, and the Hamduk beach. The nature lover in you will appreciate the wonders of the nearby Mount Hanra.
Average price per night: SGD 145
3. Healing beach house in Samyang Beach
Wake up to the sound of the waves and the smell of the fresh ocean in this chic, white tone, contemporary HomeAway. The minimalistic feel without compromising on the facilities is a rare luxury you will find here. Enjoy the view of the beach from the window, head out for a swim, or go out fishing. Located just 20 minutes from the airport and well-connected to popular autumn hangouts, this one is sure to make your stay memorable.
Average price per night: SGD 124
4. Osiry house
This elegant beachfront home powered with all modern amenities spells sophistication with a capital S. Have a large party? Three spacious rooms accommodating ten guests will come in handy. Head over to the terrace and you will be able to catch a great view of the scenic surroundings. Plan a hike up to enjoy nature at its best and then come home to a comfortable pad that is surrounded by several convenience stores and fast food joints.
Average price per night: SGD 99
Jeju West Side
Love beaches? The Jeju West side with its beautiful coastline is home to stunning white sand beaches like the Hyeopjae beach and enterprising women divers. But no autumn visit to Jeju is complete without a look at the spectacular Saebyeol Oreum, a parasitic volcano that is covered with Eulalia grass during the fall. The sight of golden light over the landscape is a photographer’s delight.
Don’t miss Hallim Park either. With its botanical gardens, waterfalls, the only known two-dimensional caves in the world, stone garden, and even a folk village, we recommend you stay in a place that keeps you in the mix. Oh, and did we mention? The Hallim Park hosts the world-famous Chrysanthemum festival to celebrate the fall colours from late October to mid-November. A must on your itinerary! Here are the HomeAways we recommend in the area :
1. Sun & Moon resort room
Opulent interiors, a room with an eye for detail, windows opening up to the ocean, and a pool to laze in, these idyllic joys are on offer at this one-bedroom beachfront property. Enjoy the view of Mt. Halla and the beautiful bright yellows on Mt. Sangbangsan from here with a cup of coffee. You don’t need to scramble around looking for a café. This place has a café, gallery, and barbecue facilities to ensure a hassle-free stay.
Average price per night: SGD 216
2. Ocean front spa house in Jeju
A home with a spa. Surely, that’s a deal clincher! This airy, serene looking home with warm textures and wooden flooring packs a punch with a whole range of appliances and an ocean view to boot. Order yourself a delicious local breakfast and relax in your very own jacuzzi. Seogwipo Si is one of the hotspots of fall leaves viewing, so get ready to click away!
Average price per night: SGD 143
3. Ocean front house
Consider this. A tastefully done up HomeAway with bright contemporary touches that is well-equipped with all the household amenities you need. From its windows is the view of an unspoiled coastline and the smell of the ocean. Located nearby is a parasitic volcano with an interesting legend. Intrigued? This ocean view one bedroom apartment for three guests offers it all, making it the ideal base for your autumn adventure.
Average price per night: SGD 90
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