October: Incheon Colored in RedAutumn, the Season for Memories
Mountains and fields are full of autumn colors. Streets are covered with yellow ginkgo leaves.
Autumn colors are not as bright as spring flowers, yet no one can paint things so beautifully.
Autumn deepens. Let me introduce you to the best autumn outings in Incheon if you’re looking for a short trip.
The name 'Gyeyang' has come from the names of the two most popular trees in the mountain - the laurel and the buxus whose Korean names have the syllables 'gye' and 'yang' in them. The mountain is known for its stunning scenery.
Follow the walking trail around the mountain. You will see not only lots of maple and ginkgo trees but also plenty of Siberian chrysanthemums and Thunberg's chives. The plants are so beautiful that you will not even notice you are going up quite steep trails.
If you want to relax, you can go to the forest bath park. Its trail boasts lots of phytoncides. The Rose Garden is full of beautiful autumn colors as the garden is filled with not only the rose but also the chrysanthemum of various kinds.
As the temple is located in the middle of Nakgasan Mountain, it is rather difficult to walk to the highest point in the temple. Yet the view of the West Sea from there is absolutely exquisite. In autumn, fall foliage perfectly matches the grace of the statues and architecture of the temple.
The highlight is the rock-carved seated Buddha sitting at the top of 500 flights of stairs. The height of the stairs could be scary particularly to those who don’t exercise regularly. However, the autumn scenery from the top will be something that you will never want to miss. (Supposedly, one of your many wishes comes true if you reach the top.)
Walking the trails in the evening is even better as you can admire the beautiful sunset in the West Sea. You can also spend the night in the accommodation facility of the recreational forest for a very special memory.
It is a popular destination for family picnics, romantic dates for loved ones, and young schoolchildren's field trips. The park boasts beauty around the year.
In autumn, one of its hot spots is the buckwheat field created in its wildflower garden. From a distance, the field looks as if white snow fell upon green leaves. The flowers also look like waves constantly moving with the wind. The place is highly recommended to those who are getting tired of fall foliage or seeking to find a very special place for memorable photos.
It is situated in Eungbongsan Mountain behind China Town. It overlooks the Incheon Port and Wolmido Island (which is now connected to the mainland by a highway). It is visited by many citizens.
In spring, it is famous for cherry blossoms. In autumn, it features impressive fall foliage of its dense forest. The colorful beauty overwhelms visitors as much as it does in spring with cherry blossoms. (A special tip: The park is even prettier in the evening.)