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Best Time to Visit South Korea in 2024 for Festivals, Hiking, and City Tours. South Korea Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit South Korea

  • Optimal: Late September to November (pleasant temperatures and autumn foliage).
  • For festivals: Spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October).
  • Other favorable months: March, June, and December.

Geography facts

  • Location: East Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula.
  • Area: 100,210 km² (land: 98,480 km², water: 1,730 km²).
  • Borders: North Korea (Demilitarized Zone).
  • Landscape: Predominantly mountainous with coastal plains. Highest point: Hallasan Mountain at 1,947 meters.

South Korea is known for its vibrant cities, historic sites, and beautiful natural landscapes, making it a great destination for various activities year-round.

Climate

  • General: Temperate with four distinct seasons.
  • Summer: Hot and humid with monsoon rains.
  • Winter: Cold and dry with snowfall in some regions.
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Extremely cold with snowfall, especially in the northern and mountainous regions.
  • Daytime temperatures: -1°C to 3°C (30°F to 37°F).
  • Night temperatures: -7°C to -2°C (19°F to 28°F).
  • Precipitation: 20 mm.
  • Activities: Skiing and snowboarding in Gangwon Province.

February

  • Continues to be cold but slightly milder than January.
  • Daytime temperatures: 1°C to 5°C (34°F to 41°F).
  • Night temperatures: -5°C to -1°C (23°F to 30°F).
  • Precipitation: 25 mm.
  • Activities: Winter festivals and ice fishing.
South Korea (c) img.s-msn.com

March

  • Transition to spring with gradually warming temperatures.
  • Daytime temperatures: 7°C to 12°C (45°F to 54°F).
  • Night temperatures: 0°C to 4°C (32°F to 39°F).
  • Precipitation: 50 mm.
  • Activities: Hiking and visiting cherry blossom sites.

April

  • Peak of spring with blooming flowers and pleasant weather.
  • Daytime temperatures: 13°C to 18°C (55°F to 64°F).
  • Night temperatures: 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).
  • Precipitation: 70 mm.
  • Activities: Cherry blossom festivals and garden tours.

May

  • Warm and sunny, ideal for outdoor activities.
  • Daytime temperatures: 18°C to 23°C (64°F to 73°F).
  • Night temperatures: 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F).
  • Precipitation: 80 mm.
  • Activities: Cultural festivals and city tours.

June

  • Early summer with increasing humidity and occasional rain.
  • Daytime temperatures: 22°C to 27°C (72°F to 81°F).
  • Night temperatures: 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).
  • Precipitation: 100 mm.
  • Activities: Beach visits and hiking.

The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Hot and humid with the onset of monsoon season.
  • Daytime temperatures: 26°C to 30°C (79°F to 86°F).
  • Night temperatures: 20°C to 24°C (68°F to 75°F).
  • Precipitation: 300 mm.
  • Activities: Indoor activities and visiting museums.

August

  • Peak summer with high temperatures and humidity.
  • Daytime temperatures: 27°C to 31°C (81°F to 88°F).
  • Night temperatures: 22°C to 25°C (72°F to 77°F).
  • Precipitation: 260 mm.
  • Activities: Beach holidays and water sports.

September

  • Transition to autumn with cooler temperatures and clear skies.
  • Daytime temperatures: 22°C to 26°C (72°F to 79°F).
  • Night temperatures: 15°C to 19°C (59°F to 66°F).
  • Precipitation: 150 mm.
  • Activities: Hiking and cultural festivals.

October

  • Beautiful autumn foliage with mild temperatures.
  • Daytime temperatures: 16°C to 20°C (61°F to 68°F).
  • Night temperatures: 7°C to 12°C (45°F to 54°F).
  • Precipitation: 60 mm.
  • Activities: National parks and city tours.
South Korea (c) i.pinimg.com

November

  • Cool and dry, marking the start of late autumn.
  • Daytime temperatures: 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F).
  • Night temperatures: 2°C to 7°C (36°F to 45°F).
  • Precipitation: 50 mm.
  • Activities: Visiting historic sites and museums.

December

  • Cold with the onset of winter, occasional snow in northern regions.
  • Daytime temperatures: 3°C to 8°C (37°F to 46°F).
  • Night temperatures: -4°C to 1°C (25°F to 34°F).
  • Precipitation: 30 mm.
  • Activities: Christmas festivals and winter sports.

South Korea offers a diverse range of activities throughout the year, from vibrant city life and cultural festivals to serene natural landscapes perfect for hiking and sightseeing. The best times to visit are during the spring and autumn months when the weather is most pleasant and the country’s natural beauty is at its peak.

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