October is one of the most beautiful times of year in Daegu as the city is transformed into a brilliant wonderland of red, orange and gold. Don’t miss this spectacular autumn display as leaves are expected to reach their peak around October 30. Here are a few favorite ways to get outside and take advantage of fall foliage.
Get Back to Nature
The cool, crisp autumn weather is perfect for long hikes in the mountains or scenic drives in the countryside. Jump in your car, roll down the windows and drive through Palgong Ring Road’s wide, maple tree-lined streets. Once at Mt. Palgong, you can choose to hike one of the Olle trails, which will soon close for the winter season. Mt. Biseul and Apsan Park are two more options close to the city that offer a multitude of hiking trails for all skill levels. Don’t forget to stop for a roasted sweet potato or roasted chestnuts on your way back down the mountain!
A View From Above
For a different perspective, look down instead of up at one of Daegu’s lookout points. Pack a picnic, ride the cable car to the top of Mt. Apsan or Mt. Palgong, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the season’s dazzling display of colors. If nature is not your thing, take the elevator to the top of 83 tower for a 360-degree view of the city’s tree tops. Whether you find yourself at the top of a hotel, a department store, or looking out of the window of a high-rise apartment, the view from above is one of the best ways to enjoy the city in autumn.
Historic Backdrops Alive with Color
Daegu’s colorful history is all the more vibrant set against fall’s bold backdrop. Old city gates, stone bridges and narrow alleys come to life when framed by rows of brightly colored leaves. Visit one of the city’s many Buddhist temples, or stroll through a traditional folk village for a picture-perfect setting for all your fall photos.
Pockets of Color in the City
You don’t have to leave the city to enjoy fall foliage. Daegu is blessed with plenty of green space, providing a quick and colorful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. A quick stroll through an urban park such as Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, 2.28 Memorial Park, Gyeongsanggamyeong Park, Duryu Park, or Dalseong Park is a great way enjoy a daily dose of autumn. Walk through a university campus, ride a bike along the Sincheon river, or rent a duck paddleboat at Suseong Lake. One of the best places to view fall foliage is Metasequoia Forest Road, a magical, tree-lined street located just 15 minutes walking distance from Gangchang Station.
Finding a photogenic spot to view the best fall foliage in Daegu isn’t hard when you’re surrounded by so much natural beauty. Whether you visit one of these more popular leaf viewing spots or discover a favorite spot of your own, Autumn in Daegu is not to be missed.
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