You can feel how time and air flow differently near these royal tombs. Taerung belongs to Queen Munjeong, who was the second wife of King Jungjong of the Joseon Dynasty. It is one of the best places to go for a walk when autumn arrives. The place is full of leaves in different shapes and colors falling to the ground—making it a great place to get your crunch on. Hwarang-ro, between Taerueng Station (Lines 6 & 7) and Sahmyook University, is also a place we recommend visiting as the street is lined with plane trees and is blanketed in brown leaves.
Wiryeseong, where ginkgo trees shine
Wiryeseong-gil is a street lined with 1,320 ginkgo trees. In the ‘90s, people in suits used to pick up ginkgo nuts almost competitively on their way to work and it was quite the scene, indeed. Huge ginkgo trees stand in perfect rows stretching their branches to the sky, as if someone spilled some yellow paint on a blue canvas. Don’t skip out on visiting Seokchon Lake, which is also close to Wiryeseonggil. Mongchontoseong Station (Line 8), Exit 1, next to the entrance to Olympic Park.