Best Times To Visit South Korea


Qistina Bumidin •  Aug 15, 2022

Whether it’s your first time to South Korea or your third, there’s something about this city that keeps pulling travellers back ? Maybe it’s the delicious Korean cuisine, beautiful nature spots or exciting shopping spots, or the blend of everything but we sure are hooked! ? This is why every season in South Korea offers something worth traveling for, which might make it a little harder for you to decide! Don't worry, we got you covered with a guide on what each season offers you and how you can fit it into your own itinerary! ?

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Spring (April to June)

This is arguably the best time of the year to visit South Korea! It's the perfect weather for many of us from year-round tropical weathers (ranging between 15-18°C), plus streets of South Korea are also decorated with beautiful pink blooms and other gorgeous flowers like canola and plum blossoms. Save the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival and Yeouido Spring Flower Festival for your future trips! ?

It's also an excellent time to do more outdoor activities, such as heading to any of the national parks, a favourite activity locals would do for easy hikes! However, these cool sunny weathers calls for more crowds, so accommodation prices tend to hike up as well. Nevertheless, check out these articles for your South Korea spring itinerary! ?

Summer (July to August)

Woljeong-ri Beach

While this is yet another highly popular season to visit South Korea in, you definitely have to be prepared to deal with either unbearable heat and humidity or heavy rains that can last all day! Fret no though, there's tons of activities you can do. For starters, you have to visit some of South Korea's gorgeous beaches; the most famous being the Haeundae or Woljeong-ri Beach in Busan or the holiday spot Jeju Island. Theme parks such as Lotte World and cafe-hopping are some of the activities locals love to do to beat the heat! ?

Apart from bringing sunscreens (here's our list of Muslim-friendly options!), sunnies, caps, water bottles and more, don't forget to bring a light jacket. Many cafes and restaurants in South Korea will jack up the air-conditioners to almost freezing temperatures, which will give you the chills almost immediately as you take a step in! We've listed out some articles below that's perfect for your summer trip to South Korea! ?

Autumn (September to November)

Asan Ginkgo Tree Road, Chungnam Province

Nothing sounds better than taking a lone stroll through the forest, immersing yourself in nature with the echoing sound of leaves crunching underneath your feet with every step. Now, what better place would you go to experience the fall foliage than in South Korea? Offering clear cool and crisp weather and the beautiful autumn foliage, it's truly a breathtaking sight to behold, especially since for many of us, we don't get to experience this beautiful season in our home countries! The best times to see the autumn leaves in Korea are October and November, and the peak season only lasts up to two weeks, so it's is best to plan your leaf-peeping getaway early! ?

One of the best ways to experience autumn foliage in South Korea is through hiking. Mountains and national parks offer spectacular fall foliage and worthwhile hiking experiences! Do note that it's one of the driest times of the year as well, with temperatures ranging between 19-21°C, so do pack some warm clothes! Chuseok, a Korean harvest festival, falls between September and October, and many South Koreans will leave for their hometowns. As a result, many attractions in cities such as Seoul are closed for a period of time, so do check beforehand! Check out these articles before you head to South Korea in autumn! ?

Winter (December to February)

Vivaldi Park. Credit: Korea Tourism Organization (Malaysia)

If you do a quick search on the Internet for the best times to visit South Korea, many sites would discourage travellers to visit during winter. It's not entirely untrue - freezing temperatures that goes well under 0°C at times (which is especially sufferable if you're not used to it!). However, that shouldn't stop you! If you want to go skiing, snowboarding, or just experience snow, then winter is obviously the time to go! Plus, you'll be treated to scenic views that's only beautiful in winter, such as that popular Winter Sonata scene shot in Nami Island. The lack of rainfall during this season will give you crisp, cool views that's simply unforgettable! ?

If you're staying in South Korea well past December, you'll be lucky to deal with lesser crowds, since it's low peak season. Accommodation prices are much lower as well! Try to avoid going during the Lunar New Year (usually falls in the later part of January), as many places of interest, restaurants and cafes in the cities will be closed for a period of time. Need some help planning? Check out our articles below! ?

So, which season will you be checking out South Korea? ?