It’s pink muhly grass season here in South Korea! I know what you’re thinking – whuuuuu?? I know. I thought the same thing last year when people started getting all hyped up for yet another type of foliage on the peninsula. Pink muhly, however, is worth the hype, especially if you’re just a visitor (albeit for a couple years). Last year, I didn’t really buy into the hype, but this year I’ve managed to do some photography sessions in the muhly, and I get it! So, I’m sharing where to find pink muhly near Camp Humphreys – and further for those adventurous sort!
What is Pink Muhly Grass?
Pink Muhly is a perennial type of sagebrush that’s native to warm plains in the US and, obviously, is found here in South Korea. It usually begins to turn pink and then a deeper rose-pink/purple in late September, then holds its color until the latter half of October. In Korea, it’s hailed for its pink color, which symbolizes tenderness and happiness and, let’s be honest, it’s always worth a photo op in Korea, and it creates a dreamy sort of setting for photos! Here’s a sneaky tidbit though…it’s actually an invasive species on the peninsula, so the government closely regulates where it’s both planted and where it blooms.
If I’ve learned anything during my time here in South Korea, it’s that they work hard to cultivate their flowers and blooms across the peninsula. (Remember cherry blossom season?) The same goes for the cosmos that bloom in early September and, obviously, the Pink Muhly grass in the fall.
Where to Find Pink Muhly in South Korea
Pink Muhly grass is actually found quite abundantly across the peninsula, but some of the most famous spots are in Seoul. Here’s are a couple of Pink Muhly spots in Seoul and their addresses:
- Haneul Park (Sky Park) – Usually hailed for its eulalia in the fall, it’s becoming more famous for its pink muhly and views of the city. 서울 마포구 성산동 487-359
- Jamwon Han River Park – Probably the most accessible for city-dwellers, you’ll get beautiful pink-washed views of the Han River. 서울 서초구 잠원로 221-124
Feeling adventurous? A lot of South Korea’s travel hotspots have their own Pink Muhly that captivates travelers, as well! If you’re down for a trip, be sure to check out these hotspots!
- Busan’s Eulsukdo Island – Located on the western end of Busan, it’s the perfect spot to escape the city, enjoy beach air, and see the pink muhly, as well. 부산 사하구 낙동남로 1240-2
- Incheon’s Dream Park – Closer to Incheon airport, this is one of those hidden gems that’s often overlooked. 인천광역시 서구 거월로 61
- Bomun Tourist Complex – Located near downtown Gyeongju, the Pink Muhly contrasts against the artificial Bomun Lake beautifully. 경상북도 경주시 신평동
- Daejeon’s Geumgan Lohas Park – This is just under two hours from Humphreys (barring traffic) and offers unparalleled pink sunset views set against the city. 779, Seokbong-dong, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon
Where to Find Pink Muhly Near Camp Humphreys
That’s right, friends! Pink Muhly is actually pretty abundant close to Camp Humphreys, as well! If you’re not in the mood for a big roadtrip, and you’re hoping to stick closer to Pyeongtaek and home, there are plenty of instagram-worthy spots right in our own backyard! Here are some of my favorites:
- Nae-ri (Nari) Park – This is literally about four minutes from the Yoon Gate and one of the most popular off-base parks, too! They set up benches for photo ops overlooking the river, and the bunting banners hanging overhead help ring in that fall atmosphere in style. 경기 양주시 광사동 814
- Anseong Farmland – This is probably one of the most popular local spots for Pink Muhly near Camp Humphreys. You’ll also find rolling fields of cosmos, plenty of kids’ activities and, of course, the eponymous Pink Muhly. You do have to pay a fee to enter of W10,000-W12,000, and it closes at 6 PM. 경기 안성시 공도읍 대신두길 28
- Baramsae Village – This one can get busy and very crowded, but it’s a favorite for Pyeongtaek locals and USFK folks, alike! 경기 평택시 고덕면 새악길 43-62
- Pins Coffee – Coffee overlooking the Pink Muhly?! Yes, please! Located a bit further (about 40 mins) from Camp Humphreys, but well worth the drive to Cheonan, Pins Coffee has sweet treats and the perfect setting for experiencing the Pink Muhly. Cheonan-si, Dongnam-gu, Chungcheongnam-do, 137-5 KR
- In Forest Cafe – About 30 minutes from Camp Humphreys, this beauty is more petite, but it offers a serene escape (especially if you go early!) 충남 천안시 서북구 성거읍 송남리 133-1
I’m definitely going to miss South Korea’s extremely extra approach to bloom season when we leave, and I’m definitely grateful we’ve had the opportunity to experience these seasonal blooms a few times now. But Pink Muhly? It’s one-of-a-kind here, and it’s worth experiencing!
Tell me – have you seen or heard of Pink Muhly before?