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Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

When is the best time to visit South Korea?

The best times to visit South Korea are March through May, you’ll get to see the vibrant pink of the cherry blossoms in bloom, and September to November, when the landscapes come alive as the leaves change in the cooler weathers. Temperatures during these times are generally pleasant and suitable for outdoor activities.

June, July and August offer the best conditions for hiking, but the weather is hot and humid away from the mountains.

Winters in South Korea are bitterly cold, and we wouldn’t recommend visiting in December, January or February.

It’s important to take local holidays into account, as well. The Korean New Year is the first day of the first lunar month, and Chuseok is the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. During these times, many residents head to their rural hometowns to celebrate and many businesses are closed.

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For me, the sweet spot for visiting South Korea is from March to May. It’s warm but not humid and you can head down to Jeju Island, a volcanic landmass of calderas and lava formations that’s ideal for hiking.

Rory, Japan & South Korea Specialist

South Korea Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Busan 6°C 38mm 8°C 51mm 12°C 80mm 17°C 149mm 21°C 142mm 24°C 224mm 27°C 271mm 29°C 210mm 25°C 182mm 22°C 72mm 15°C 61mm 9°C 28mm
Gyeongju 5°C 31mm 6°C 41mm 11°C 58mm 18°C 92mm 23°C 79mm 25°C 146mm 28°C 190mm 29°C 181mm 25°C 147mm 20°C 57mm 14°C 48mm 8°C 20mm
Jeju island 7°C 53mm 8°C 71mm 11°C 94mm 15°C 146mm 19°C 155mm 22°C 244mm 26°C 263mm 28°C 217mm 24°C 152mm 20°C 73mm 15°C 70mm 10°C 45mm
Seoul 1°C 22mm 3°C 26mm 9°C 45mm 17°C 102mm 23°C 90mm 26°C 133mm 28°C 358mm 29°C 288mm 25°C 161mm 19°C 49mm 11°C 48mm 3°C 21mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in South Korea

Pagoda in the winter

Visiting South Korea in January

South Korea typically sees its highest amount of snowfall this month. Tourist sites are less crowded, but it’s too cold to recommend as a good time to visit.

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