Best Time to Visit South Korea in 2022 and 2023

One of the first questions most people ask when planning a trip to South Korea is when is the best time to visit?  There is no simple answer as it depends on your particular interests.  Also, many people are constrained to visit at specific times such as school holiday periods which limits your options. If you are more flexible you can seek out a great airfare deal in a non peak time. 

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Other people visit South Korea with an intent to attend a specific event such as a festival or K-Pop event, so it is worthwhile to do your homework on these activities before you book your flights.

In general, the best time to go to South Korea is between March and May in the Spring and between September to November in the Autumn/Fall, as these periods are usually sunny, warm and dry. If you love skiing then make sure you check out the options over Winter. And while hot and humid, there are many great festivals to experience in Summer.

To ensure you are orientated, below is a map showing the major tourist destinations in South Korea – just click on the symbol on the map to learn more about that location without leaving this page. Seoul is in the north west, Busan is in the south east and Jeju Island is in the south. There are mountains throughout South Korea

Seasons of South Korea

Weather in South Korea is quite variable depending on what season you travel in and which parts of South Korea you travel to.  We have put together a detailed guide for Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island seasonal weather and major events to help you plan your visit.  

Winter in South Korea – December, January and February

Winter in South Korea is dry, cold and often windy.  In December Christmas celebrations kick on in earnest.   Across South Korea it is the skiing season, with resorts located in the northern, mid and southern areas of South Korea. The South Korean ski season typically starts in early December, peaks in January and February and extends through to March/April.

In Seoul snow falls periodically across the season, with less likelihood of snow the further south you go. In the mountains there are heavy snowfalls across the season.

Major Korean Festivals and Events in Winter are as follows:

  • Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm over Dec – Feb
  • Christmas Day Public Holiday on 25 December
  • New Year’s Day on 1 January
  • Seongsan and Homigot Sunrise Festivals on New Year’s Day
  • Mountain Trout Ice Fishing Festivals across January
  • Seolnal Festival (Korean New Year) Public Holiday over 1-3 Feb 22 and 21-23 Jan 23
  • Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival in Feb
  • Jeju Fire Festival in Feb/Mar

Typical Winter weather in Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island is shown in the below tables.

MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Dec-3 / 274 / 3925 / 1 / 7
Jan-6 / 212 / 3620 / 0.8 / 7
Feb-4 / 254 / 3925 / 1 / 6
Korea Winter Temperatures in Seoul
MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Dec2 / 3510 / 5125 / 1 / 4
Jan-1 / 318 / 4640 / 1.6 / 6
Feb0 / 339 / 4845 / 1.8 / 6
Korea Winter Temperatures in Busan
MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Dec5 / 4211 / 5250 / 2 / 11
Jan3 / 388 / 4765 / 2.6 / 13
Feb4 / 389 / 4965 / 2.6 / 10
Korea Winter Temperatures on Jeju Island
Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul in Winter
Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul in Winter

Spring in South Korea – March, April and May

Spring in South Korea is one of the most popular times to visit.

  • March – The weather is warming up from the very cold winter and the mountains are open for visitors. The weather regularly swings between very cold and warm.
  • April – The Cherry Blossom season over the first half of April is a wonderful time to visit South Korea, with great viewing options across South Korea, as the blooms sweep from south to north. Be aware that April is also the time when yellow dust from the Gobi Desert can cover the country causing increased air pollution – so not a good time to visit for people with allergies.
  • May – Is well known for being stable springtime weather, but it is also a very popular time to visit so ensure you book early.

Overall the weather is progressively warming across the season.  If you are travelling in the mountain areas plan for the weather to be cooler.

Major Korean Festivals and Events in Spring are as follows:

Typical Spring weather in Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island is shown in the below tables.

MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Mar1 / 3410 / 5045 / 1.8 / 7
Apr7 / 4518 / 6475 / 3 / 8
May13 / 5523 / 73100 / 3.9 / 9
Korea Spring Temperatures in Seoul
MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Mar5 / 4013 / 5585 / 3.3 / 8
Apr10 / 4918 / 64135 / 5.3 / 9
May14 / 5722 / 71155 / 6.1 / 10
Korea Spring Temperatures in Busan
MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Mar6 / 4313 / 5590 / 3.5 / 11
Apr10 / 5018 / 6490 / 3.5 / 10
May14 / 5822 / 7195 / 3.7 / 10
Korea Spring Temperatures on Jeju Island
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

Summer in South Korea – June, July and August

Summer in South Korea is typically hot and very humid, and the arrival of the monsoon rains from late July to August makes it the wettest time of the year.

August is the major typhoon month (with typhoons also possible in July and September), with several typhoons likely to affect South Korea, bringing torrential rain. August is also the main summer holiday month in South Korea, so expect tourist locations and beaches to be very busy.

Major Korean Festivals and Events in Summer are as follows:

Typical Summer weather in Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island is shown in the below tables.

MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Jun18 / 6427 / 81135 / 5.3 / 10
Jul22 / 7229 / 84330 / 13 / 16
Aug22 / 7229 / 84350 / 13.8 / 14
Korea Summer Temperatures in Seoul
MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Jun18 / 6424 / 75225 / 8.9 / 11
Jul22 / 7127 / 81260 / 10.2 / 13
Aug23 / 7429 / 85240 / 9.4 / 11
Korea Summer Temperatures in Busan
MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Jun19 / 6625 / 77180 / 7.1 / 12
Jul23 / 7429 / 84240 / 9.4 / 13
Aug24 / 7630 / 86265 / 10.4 / 14
Korea Summer Temperatures on Jeju Island
Haeundae Beach Sand Festival in Busan
Haeundae Beach Sand Festival in Busan

Autumn/Fall in South Korea – September, October and November

Autumn in South Korea is one of the best times to visit, as the weather is much milder and dryer and the fall foliage colours are amazing. September can be transitional, varying quickly between hot and cool temperatures before the mostly perfect Autumn days of October and November.

September and October are usually warm and very rainy with temperatures progressively cooling.  Typhoons can still occur in September.  November kicks off drier sunnier weather again and the beautiful autumn leaves.

Major Korean Festivals and Events in Autumn/Fall are as follows:

Typical Autumn / Fall weather in Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island is shown in the below tables.

MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Sep17 / 6326 / 79140 / 5.5 / 9
Oct10 / 5020 / 6850 / 2 / 7
Nov3 / 3712 / 5455 / 2.2 / 9
Korea Autumn / Fall Temperatures in Seoul
MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Sep19 / 6726 / 79165 / 6.5 / 9
Oct14 / 5722 / 7260 / 2.4 / 6
Nov8 / 4616 / 6160 / 2.4 / 6
Korea Autumn / Fall Temperatures in Busan
MonthMin Temperature (C/F)Max Temperature (C/F)Average Rainfall
(mm/in/days)
Sep20 / 6926 / 78220 / 8.7 / 11
Oct15 / 5921 / 7080 / 3.1 / 7
Nov10 / 5016 / 6160 / 2.4 / 9
Korea Autumn / Fall Temperatures on Jeju Island
View over the Jinju Lantern Festival in South Korea
View over the Jinju Lantern Festival in South Korea

Flights to South Korea

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Best Time to Visit South Korea

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