Autumn in Korea Guides + Tips

Chasing Fall Colors at Noksapyeong Overpass in Seoul

This year, Seoul got hit with an early blast of cool, crisp autumn vibes. It’s pretty rare to have temperatures in the single digits in the middle of October, but this means we’re in for an early explosion of fall colors! And this past weekend, we lucked out with the sunniest, brightest skies we could ask for. So, of course, I couldn’t resist soaking up some sun, even though it wasn’t quite peak autumn time.

For my weekend adventure, I decided to check out Noksapyeong Overpass after spotting a pic online that hinted at some early autumn beauty in the area. In this post, I’m gonna share my experience and toss in some travel tips in case you’re itching to soak up in the same beauty during one of your autumn trips to Seoul!

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    About Noksapyeong Overpass:

    Tucked away in Seoul’s Yongsan neighborhood, Noksapyeong Overpass (녹사평육교) has long basked in the limelight as an iconic filming location for numerous popular K-series, including hits like Little Women, Run On, and the fan-favorite Itaewon Class. What makes this spot truly exceptional is its prime vantage point for capturing the enchanting beauty of Seoul Tower. From here, you’ll be treated to a mesmerizing scene: the lively Noksapyeong-daero Road, and a sprawling collection of homes nestled beneath the towering landmark, adding an extra layer of charm to the view. And when autumn arrives, you can look forward to the landscape being painted in a stunning golden hue, thanks to the rows of gingko trees that line the Noksapyeong-daero Road!

    Gazing at the Majestic Seoul Tower from Noksapyeong Overpass

    Reaching Noksapyeong Overpass:

    Getting to Noksapyeong Overpass is a breeze with various public transportation options. A convenient choice is to hop on Seoul Subway Line 6 and disembark at Noksapyeong Station. Once you’ve arrived, simply take Exit 1. The intersection outside Exit 1 will guide you straight to the overpass!

    Autumn Vibes at Noksapyeong Station:

    If you follow my suggestion and use Exit 1 of the station, here’s what you can expect during an October visit.

    You’ll stumble upon a charming group of gingko trees around Exit 1. When I visited, these trees were in the midst of their seasonal transition, transforming this corner of Noksapyeong Station into a breathtaking golden masterpiece that my camera couldn’t resist capturing from multiple angles!

    Autumn Views from Noksapyeong Overpass:

    After admiring the gingko trees near Exit 1, it’s time to cross the road and make your way up to the star attraction of my visit – Noksapyeong Overpass. From this elevated vantage point, you’ll be treated to the iconic vista that awaits you.

    I arrived on a lovely Saturday at noon, blessed with the most incredible weather. What I witnessed was nothing short of a picture-perfect scene. The indigo sky, adorned with fluffy white clouds hanging low, served as a magnificent canvas for the towering Seoul Tower in the distance. The crimson hue of a deciduous tree near the elevator shaft on the eastern side of the bridge added a delightful touch to the view. But that’s not all; a hint of yellow from a row of gingko trees further enhanced the already stunning autumn panorama.

    Autumn Magic on Noksapyeong-daero 40 Gil:

    Noksapyeong Overpass connects Noksapyeong Station on Itaewon Road to Noksapyeong-daero 40 Gil on the opposite side. This charming little street is a must for a leisurely stroll, especially when the ginkgo trees are in their prime. During my visit, although they were only about 40% through their color-changing process, the sight was already a visual treat. If you’re a photography enthusiast, this location is an absolute gem. Here, you can capture numerous shots of Seoul Tower framed by the stunning autumn leaves, especially those golden ginkgo leaves!

    Walking down Noksapyeong-daero 40 leads you to the sidewalk of Noksapyeong-daero Road, where the line of ginkgo trees continues. This road can take you further into the heart of Gyeongridan-gil (경리단길), the trendy street in the bustling Itaewon neighborhood. So, taking a leisurely stroll along this road is always a good idea. 

    My visit to Noksapyeong Overpass concluded here as I hopped on Yongsan Bus No. 03 to my next destination that afternoon. I hope you’ve enjoyed the autumn atmosphere I found in this spot, and thank you so much for reading my blog entry thus far!

    Gallery: Additional Autumn Snapshots at Noksapyeong Station

    Access Map:

    Quick Info about Noksapyeong Station:

    Address: 서울특별시 용산구 용산동4가 4
    Naver Map: Link
    My Visit Date: October 21, 2023

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