Sam & Lisa

Autumn in Korea never dissapoint you, it’s very beautiful, especially this year when the leaves turning color earlier. I guess this is the greatest gift from God for this sweet couple, Sam & Lisa, who are going to get married this week. Since the prewedding shoot need to be done earlier, that’s why autumn came earlier as well.

Sam is my christian community leader in campus who always inspires me to grow more spiritually. His love to God is amazing which motivates me to love God as well. I feel so blessed to know him in person, and also being someone to capture their sweetest moment through a prewedding shoot.

Congratulation for Sam and Lisa. Wish you a happilly ever after marriage in Christ.

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Nia Ramadhani & Theresa Wienathan

Nami Island is the one of most favourite place to visit on early autumn. It is because Nami Island is the prettiest during that time. The lined-up ginko trees in Nami Island will turn into magical yellow tree between October 20-30. Last year, I captured the moment of Nia Ramdhani and Theresa Wienathan, Indonesian famous public figure while travelling in yellow Nami.

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Incheon Grand Park (인천대공원)

I managed to visit Incheon Grand Park again this autumn, and for earlier time when the foliage .almost reached the peak (80%). Here I want to update some recent photos to give you brief look how it looks like recently.

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My prediction, the peak is ongoing until November 5, but you can still see it until November 15 at least.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Songnae Station (Line 1), and get out from Exit 1.
  • Just in front of the station, you can see the bus stop. Take bus no. 103, 16-1, 909 and get off at Incheon Grand Park.

[Tips]

  • Come early in the morning to get the sunlight come through the tunnel as well as avoid many people pass by to take better pictures.
  • Take picture on the lake first when the sun is still low
  • Use the maximum zoom (any camera or phone) when you take picture of the tunnel to make “blur effect” for the further part of the tunnel.

*more info

visited on October 23rd, 2016, 11am

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Mungyeong (문경)

Introducing Mungyeong

Another small but beautiful city in North Gyeongsan province Korea, Mungyeong which is only 1 hour away from Andong city.

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We came here for the 3rd destination of 2016 Wow Korea Supporters 2nd Trip.

Gurang-ri Rail Bike (구랑리 철로자전거)

Rail bike is one of the most favourite tourist attraction in Korea, as well as what we can visit in Mungyeong. This time, we took the rail bike from Gurang-ri Station.

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Beside the Gurang-ri Station, there are some other alternative stations where you can take the rail bike with many choice of courses such as Gaeun Station, Mungyeong Station , and Buljeong Station.

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The price is also cheaper than the ones n Gapyeong or Gangcheon, only 25,000 for one rail bike which can take until 4 people.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take the bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Mungyeong.
  • Take taxi for 15 mins (about 12,000 won)

Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (문경새재도립공원)

Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park is the provincial park opened in 1981 which overlays Mt. Joryeongsan and was famous as the highest and most dangerous mountain pass on the past. In this provincial park, you can see the beauty of natures, trees, mountainous scenery, water stream and waterfall as well as Hyeguksa Temple.

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One of the main spot in Mungyeong Saejae is the Museum of Old Roads (Former Mungyeongsaejae Museum) which offers the history of traditional roads and routes in Korea. It is located exactly nearby the entrance of the mountain pass.

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The next main spot is the Mungyeong Saejae KBS Drama Studio, which is located a little bit further, about 20 mins walking from the entrance or 5 mins shuttle ride.

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As the largest scale studio in the world, Mungyeong Saejae KBS Drama Studio specializes in historical dramas, where there are three palaces and many houses from the Goryeo Period, spread over in 60,000 m2.

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We also managed to the taste the famous local tea, warmly served for us by the tea makers which was soo good.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take the bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Mungyeong.
  • From Mungyeong Interciy Bus Terminal, take the city bus bound for Mungyeonggwanmun (scheduled every hour) and get off at Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park Parking lot bus stop (about 20 mins ride)

*more info

visited on October 2nd, 2016

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Incheon Grand Park (인천대공원)

Incheon also offers you a magical view of Autumn in Korea in Incheon Grand Park which hit the peak on late October annually (Oct 20-30). In this urban natural park, you can see thousands autumn trees which delight your eyes even from the main entrance.

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They also have a mini lake in the centre of the park, surrounded by the colorful autumn trees.

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The best time to visit this park is at 7am when you still can see the sun which is still low and there are not many people yet so you can take good pictures in the main spot.

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The main spot of Incheon Grand Park is the “Autumn Tree Tunnel” (단풍터널) which can be described only with one word : AMAZING. This place looks like a tunnel or a cave because the autumn trees were placed on both side along the road and the leaves meet above.

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As I arrived early in the morning, the sun was still low and the sunlight came through the leaves and branches making the view was even more beautiful

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Just beside the lake, you can also have another good spot as they put many rocks where you can sit while enjoy the lake view.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Songnae Station (Line 1), and get out from Exit 1.
  • Just in front of the station, you can see the bus stop. Take bus no. 103, 16-1, 909 and get off at Incheon Grand Park.

[Tips]

  • Come early in the morning to get the sunlight come through the tunnel as well as avoid many people pass by to take better pictures.
  • Take picture on the lake first when the sun is still low
  • Use the maximum zoom (any camera or phone) when you take picture of the tunnel to make “blur effect” for the further part of the tunnel.

*more info

visited on November 4th, 2015, 8am

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Yellow Nami

The best time to visit Nami Island in a year is late October (usually October 20-30). Why? Because Nami Island is turning yellow for those days.

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Before you reach the main spot in Nami Island, you gonna pass this pathway with baloon lamp decoration. It’s already beautiful, isn’t it?

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Not only the ginko trees which are turning yellow, but other trees are turning into other colors such as red, brown, orange, etc. I love visiting Nami Island during  Autumn!

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Here’s the main spot of Nami Island. The lined ginko trees which look like a yellow painting on late October. These pictures were taken October 23rd, 2015.

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Taking hundred pictures in this amazing view is a MUST. Sometimes your camera can’t capture the real beauty of what you see in Nami Island, so bring a good camera and a photographer-friend if possible!

But Yellow Nami also attracts so many visitors during this period, the vistors can be 2-3 times more even on the weekdays. When I took picture, actually so many people behind me, luckily I got some moment when they didn’t appear on this picture which can ruin my wonderful picture.

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You can spend the whole day in Nami Island when you come when its peak. Why? Because it seems like not being in other place, not the usual Nami Island which is only green. So many beautiful spots with the yellow ginko trees like the lake and the single tree.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take ITX from Yongsan Station to Gapyeong Station for 55mins (cost 4600 won).
  • When you get out from Gapyeong Station, you can take taxi for 10 mins (3000-5000 won) or take the Gapyeong shuttle bus for 6000 won or normal bus for 1300 won.

[Tips]

  • Book the ITX through online on letskorail.com, even 2 weeks before because those period is usually fully booked, or juts take the normal train if you don’t get any.
  • If you’re planning to visit only Nami Island, it’s better to take the taxi to be faster. But if you plan to visit other places (Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm) you can take the Gapyeong shuttle bus for 6000 won (all day ride).
  • Come early in the morning! You might have to wait for more than 1 hour just to take ferry to Nami Island if you come after lunch time
  • I recommend you to visit only Nami Island and spare much time. I had to queue for 2 hours only to take the ferry back to the entrance when I visited last year (it was 2pm in the afternoon).
  • In 2016, my prediction (based on friends who went there & recent photos from instagram) the peak time would be October 22-30 this year. You can’t visit too late otherwise all the yellow leaves are already on the ground.

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Suwon’s Kochia Flower Field

Have you ever heard about the Hitachi Seaside Park in Hokkaido, Japan, which famous for the beautiful red kochia flowers? Those amazing flowers also grows in Korea during late September until early October when the temperature is cooling down.

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Kochia flower  is tiny, but has bright red color which looks so pretty when you see bunch of them bloom altogether, like a magic red carpet.

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A bit late to visit, since some of the flowers were already turning brown, but good camera and good angle can give you such beautiful shot!

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Even though the flower field is relatively so small, but still give you a beautiful view to see (since we do not have that much flowers in entire Korea, some in Everland I guess) and amazing pictures to capture.

[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway Shinbundang Line (Pink) to Sanghyeon Station (상현역)
  • When you get out from exit 2, you gonna see a bus stop just in front of you
  • Take bus no 55 which comes every 15-20 mins
  • After 10 mins riding (4 stops away), get off at Gwanggyo Hosu Gongwon Bus Stop (광교호수공원).
  • You gonna see the field just in front of you

[Tips]

  • Early October would be the best time for visit, I visited on October 18, 2016 when 50% of flowers turned into brown already.
  • Wear soft color clothes (white, pink) to get most beautiful picture among the reds.

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