Best time to visit South Korea

Updated: 19th November 2019

Cherry Blossoms in Busan city - South Korea - On The Go Tours
Cherry blossoms decorate the walkways of Busan city in South Korea

Sun, snow, and seasonal cherry blossoms

South Korean weather is split into four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are the most popular times to visit - but all four seasons are great for travelling...

South Korea in spring

Cherry blossom blooms at the beginning of spring. As does the warm, dry weather. It makes spring one of the most popular seasons to travel to South Korea. By April, everywhere from national parks to the city streets come back to life as the winter snow melts away. Visit South Korea in spring to make the most of the bustling city action and the vibrant scenery.

South Korea in summer

A South Korean summer can be intense. July to August sees hot temperatures, summer sun, and a lot of rain - it is monsoon season, after all. But don't be swayed if you think you can handle it. South Korea is littered with stunning parks and beaches; all ideal for a hot summer day. And there's nothing better than ice-cold delicacies like naengmyeon and patbingsu to help you keep cool.

South Korea in autumn

Comfortable temperatures, drying rainfall, and unbeatable natural scenery. Autumn is another favourite time for travel to South Korea. September to November gets gradually cooler, but it's certainly still warm enough to explore. The season adds a natural glow to modern city streets, and the most vibrant backdrop to age-old temples and ruins.

South Korea in winter

Cold, crisp, and delicately scattered in snow. The frost-covered streets and blanketed hills make for a picture perfect trip from December to March. You'll need to wrap up warm, but there's nothing quite like wandering the snowy streets of Seoul. And there's no better time to try South Korea's traditional hot teas and hearty noodle soups.

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Climate | Seoul


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Temp Min °C-9-7-25111621221570-7
Temp Max °C03817222729312619113
Rainfall (mm)3120387681130376267119414625

Climate | Jeju Island


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Temp Min °C34610141923242015105
Temp Max °C8913182225293026211611
Rainfall (mm)6562899097181240283222806248

South Korea Highlights

Ancient temples, vibrant cities, and boundless natural beauty. You're headed for South Korea, but where will your adventure begin?

Seoul:

A mighty metropolis of bright lights, glass skyscrapers, and traditional Buddhist temples. Join us in Seoul for plenty of urban charm, a slice of history, and a big bite of sumptuous street food. Click here to discover trips to Seoul.

Jeju:

An island getaway with an extra layer of South Korean culture. Head here in autumn to escape the city bubble - and watch the cherry blossom turn to red autumn leaves. Click here to discover trips to Jeju.

Gyeongju:

The vibrant heart of the ancient Silla Kingdom, Gyeongju brims with age-old tales of Korean culture and history. Explore traditional temples and colourful pagodas all year round. Click here to discover trips to Gyeongju.

Seoraksan National Park:

A park with unrivalled natural beauty; scattered with hot springs, age-old temples, and maybe an otter or two. Meet us here in spring to see the cherry blossom come alive. Click here to discover trips to Seoraksan National Park.