Best time to visit Seoul

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Best time of year to visit Seoul

Overall, March–May and September–November are the best times to visit Seoul due to mild weather. April brings tender blossoms, warmer temperatures, and tourist crowds. If you visit Seoul in summer, let the exotic Patbingsu cool you down during the baking heat. Autumn season brings lots of traditional festivals and a bagful of culinary delicacies such as gingko nuts, kimchi, songi, and sweet potatoes. You can even try fugu fish at your own risk! Unpredictable Seoul will magnetize you with firework shows and Cosmos blooming in October. If you are fond of skiing, be ready to sweat on some challenging slopes and trails around Seoul in winter. Lunar New Year celebration in late January or February will leave you speechless.

13 THINGS TO DO IN SEOUL (OCTOBER 13 - OCTOBER 22)

Honour Guard Ceremony

Honour Guard Ceremony

April–June | late October–November • event

A one-hour military demonstration that attracts approximately 300,000 viewers every year is surely something that may pique your interest

Cosmos Blooming

Cosmos Blooming

September–early November • nature

During spring and autumn, beautiful cosmos flowers are in full bloom, providing a remarkable backdrop for photography

Hiking High Season

Hiking High Season

September–May • activity

The numerous mountains of Korea are home to gorgeous treks, Buddhist temples, cute squirrels, and other forest critters

Persimmon Harvest and Gotgam Making

Persimmon Harvest and Gotgam Making

October–early December • food

Fresh juicy persimmon is good, but dried fruit ('gotgam') might appeal to you even more

Korean Martial Arts Demonstrations

Korean Martial Arts Demonstrations

May–November • event

Watch and learn Taekwondo from the country of its birth and discover its ancient lesser known counterpart Taekkyon

Seafood Season

Seafood Season

September–November • food

Seafood lovers would be glad to visit Korea in fall when the best seafood is most abundant and always delicious!

Ginkgo Nuts

Ginkgo Nuts

October–December • food

When fruit from the outside smells like puke or poo, it's hard to believe the inside can be better, but you'll never know without trying

Watch Squirrels and Chipmunks

Watch Squirrels and Chipmunks

March–November • nature

According to a local belief, meeting one of these little fellows can bring you luck

Pine Mushrooms (Songi)

Pine Mushrooms (Songi)

mid-September–mid-November • food

Pine mushrooms are treasured in Korea not just for their subtle flavour and limited availability, but also as cancer preventors

Attend the Megachurch

Attend the Megachurch

Sundays • activity

World's largest Protestant church with 800,000 members is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records

Halloween

Halloween

on holdlate September–late October • event

Experience Halloween South-Korean style

Seaweed Soup for Birthdays

Seaweed Soup for Birthdays

all year round • food

The idea to eat seaweed after giving birth might have been borrowed from whales, today seaweed soup is also eaten for birthdays to honour mothers

Fake Funerals

Fake Funerals

all year round • event

How about discovering the joy and meaning of life through experiencing your own fake funeral?

34 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Seoul Lantern Festival

Seoul Lantern Festival

out of rangeDecember 19–31, 2023 • event

Over 100,000 vibrantly-coloured lanterns illuminate the Cheonggyecheon Stream

Lotus Lantern Festival (Yeon Deung Hoe)

Lotus Lantern Festival (Yeon Deung Hoe)

out of rangeMay 10-12, 2024 • event

Established over 1,300 years ago, this annual Buddhist lantern festival brightens the hearts and skies of both Korea and the world

Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival

Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival

out of rangeApril • nature

Every spring, about 1,700 King Cherry trees blossom on Yeouido Island in a spectacle not to be missed

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

out of rangeFebruary 10 • event

Seollal or Korean New Year is one of the most significant holidays celebrated throughout the country.

Chuseok (Harvest Moon Festival)

Chuseok (Harvest Moon Festival)

out of rangeSeptember 16-18, 2024 • event

Chuseok is the Korean version of American Thanksgiving—an important holiday when most locals leave for the countryside and grandma's house to carry on a number of ancient traditions and most importantly to feast on abundant homemade delicacies

Seoul Fashion Week

Seoul Fashion Week

out of rangeMarch 15–19, 2023 • event

Immerse yourself into unconventional South Korean design sensibility

Weeping Cherry Blossoms

Weeping Cherry Blossoms

out of rangeApril • nature

Seoul National Cemetery is far from the ordinary cemetery: a plenitude of events and celebrations attract both tourist and locals in their commemorations of the past.

Seoul Comic Con

Seoul Comic Con

out of rangeAugust 25–27, 2023 • event

Korea's largest convention of pop culture and entertainment industry

Seoul International Marathon

Seoul International Marathon

out of rangeMarch 17, 2024 • event

The third Sunday of March marks the third longest-running foot race in Asia of 42 kilometers, and makes for a good reason to visit Seoul whether you wish to spectate or compete!

Ultra Korea

Ultra Korea

out of rangeJune 7-9, 2024 • event

A world-renowned music festival for electronic dance music enthusiasts, guaranteed to wake the party animal in everyone!

Seoul Summer Sale

Seoul Summer Sale

out of rangeJuly • activity

Don't get tricked into thinking that this is just an ordinary summer sale, Seoul offers a really special month for the shopaholics

Jongmyo Daeje

Jongmyo Daeje

out of rangeMay 7, 2023 • event

A traditional parade to honour Korea’s royal ancestors that showcases vibrant costumes, elaborate rituals, and cultural performances.

Seoul Drum Festival

Seoul Drum Festival

unconfirmedMay 25, 2024 • event

This event embodies one of Korea’s best performing arts—rhythm and percussion. Local indie bands and musicians from around the world come together and make this an extraordinary event

Songpyeon

Songpyeon

out of rangeSeptember 28–30, 2023 • food

Chuseok or the Korean Thanksgiving Day will not be complete without traditional Songpyeon, Korea's special rice cakes

Sajik Daeje

Sajik Daeje

out of rangeSeptember 24, 2023 • event

The Great Rite for the Gods of Earth and Agriculture feast features history, culture, music, and dancing in one big celebration

Seoul International Fireworks Festival

Seoul International Fireworks Festival

out of rangeOctober 8, 2022 • event

This one-night only, much sought-after fall event promises spectacular fireworks that elevate the city’s already vibrant skyline as well as a number of other exciting programs

Jjukkumi

Jjukkumi

out of rangeMarch–May  • food

Top season occurs during the spring when the jjukkumi ("baby" octopus) is at its best and most tasty

Kimchi Festival

Kimchi Festival

out of rangeOctober 20–23, 2022 • event

Kimjang is a Korean custom where the whole community comes together to make large amounts of kimchi to last throughout winter

Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival

Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival

out of rangeSeptember 28–October 2, 2022 • event

This one-of-a-kind event showcases more than four centuries of history and culture for one of the historic Three Kingdoms of Korea

Entrance Exams Fever

Entrance Exams Fever

out of rangeNovember 17, 2023 • event

On the examination day friends and parents gather at school gates to pray for examinees and cheer them up—all want to pass the exam with a perfect score

Cool Down with Patbingsu

Cool Down with Patbingsu

out of rangeJune–August • food

Instead of traditional ice cream, Koreans have another ice dessert for hot summers—shaved ice topped with sweet red beans

Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival

Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival

out of rangeAugust 4–6, 2023 • event

This three-day music festival happens every August and brings in rock and electronic music enthusiasts from all corners of South Korea to one of the grandest live music affairs in the country

King Crab

King Crab

out of rangeFebruary–mid-March  • food

Giant crabs are in season from February to mid-March in South Korea will certainly satisfy your seafood fancy!

Seoul Ice Skating Rinks

Seoul Ice Skating Rinks

out of rangelate December–early February • activity

More than 200,000 people flock to Seoul Ice Skating Rinks during winter to enjoy the cold outdoors breeze

Hangwa

Hangwa

out of rangeSeptember 16-18, 2024 • event

If you miss Chuseok festival in mid-September, your hunt for bright-coloured Korean confectionary won't be easy

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangeDecember–March • activity

Skiing is a popular winter sport in South Korea and there are several ski resorts situated just outside Seoul that offer great slopes and trails for all levels

Cold Naengmyeon Noodles on the Coldest Day

Cold Naengmyeon Noodles on the Coldest Day

out of rangeJanuary • food

Despite the general trend, Eastern Asian medicine principles still encourage to eat this cold buckwheat noodle soup in the cold season

Sweet Potatoes and Chestnuts

Sweet Potatoes and Chestnuts

out of rangeDecember–March • food

Korean winter offers rare street treats—cheap, delicious, and healthy at the same time

Eat Samgyetang on the Hottest Day

Eat Samgyetang on the Hottest Day

out of rangeJuly–August • food

Koreans obey Eastern Asian medicine traditions and consume their hottest dish—boiling hot stuffed chicken—on the year's hottest day

Figs

Figs

out of rangeJune–August • food

Korea bears juicy figs, distinguished by their sweet flesh and pleasant texture

Seoul Jazz Festival

Seoul Jazz Festival

unconfirmedlate May  • event

Top jazz festival in Asia and one of the largest annual music events in South Korea

Fugu (Puffer Fish or Blowfish)

Fugu (Puffer Fish or Blowfish)

out of rangeNovember–March • food

Every year six people die from eating this fish. If you get thrills from life risks, you are welcome to challenge your fortune

Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX)

Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX)

out of rangeOctober 17–22, 2023 • event

One of the most important aviation events in Asia

CITYBREAK Music Festival

CITYBREAK Music Festival

overAugust 1–3, 2014 • event

This relatively young festival only started in 2013 but has already been gathering more than 75,000 rock music fans

Last updated:
Jan
6.4
Feb
6.4
Mar
6.8
Apr
7.5
May
8.4
Jun
8.6
Jul
7.1
Aug
6.4
Sep
8.3
Oct
8.5
Nov
7.2
Dec
6.5

Seoul weather in January

6.4/10 score
Good
-2° average
average temperatures
14 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Winter in Seoul is quite cold but also sunny and dry. The amount of sunshine in the wintertime is fairly greater than in the summer. The snowfall is not frequent, but it happens sometimes. The average temperatures hover several degrees below the freezing point. However, at night it can occasionally plummet to -20°C (-4°F). January belongs to the season of the northwest cold winds blowing from Asia. Besides, winter is the time when the yellow dust (HwangSa) phenomenon may occur—it comes from the Mongolian desert and China and is enhanced by local pollution which results in a characteristic haze observed during cold months. To keep warm and comfy in the freezing temperatures, pack a heavy coat and sweaters. A down jacket, winter boots, a hat, a scarf, and gloves—all winter gear should be brought.

Seoul weather in February

6.4/10 score
Good
0° average
average temperatures
15 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The last month of a short Seoul winter, which is rather chilly but at the same time sunny season. The amount of sunshine is decent, reaching an average of six hours per day. The highs and lows rise a little, but the average temperature still hovers around the freezing point. Snowfall occurs rarely. Cold spells are possible, with the nighttime temperatures occasionally plunging to as low as -20°C (-4°F). In February, the northwest cold currents still blow from the Asian continent. Moreover, the likelihood of the yellow dust or HwangSa in Korean is even higher closer to the spring season. A characteristic haze is formed by air masses from China and Mongolia as well as local pollution. Wintertime visitors must pack warm clothing, including heavy jackets and sweaters. A down coat, a hat, gloves, a scarf, and other winter gear will be necessary.

Seoul weather in March

6.8/10 score
Good
6° average
average temperatures
15 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The onset of spring is markedly felt due to the considerable rise of the average temperatures—the lows now hover above freezing, while the highs are around 10°C (50°F). The amount of sunshine remains decent in spring, with an average of six hours in March, just the same as in February. Precipitation doubles at the beginning of spring and rainy weather occur sometimes. Also, this is the season of yellow dust (HwangSa). It comes here from the Mongolian desert and China and results in a characteristic haze, often accompanied with breathing problems and eye irritation. Local pollution also matters in this case. When preparing for a visit in March, pack some heavier and lighter clothing to be ready for different weather. A wind jacket, a scarf, and an umbrella might be of use too.

Seoul weather in April

7.5/10 score
Very good
11° average
average temperatures
16 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Some define April as the true beginning of spring season since this is when the average temperatures reach the mild records. This month boasts the longest hours of sunshine in the year which is seven on average. It's also the peak of blossoming when the city is bathing in white and pink hues of the cherry trees. These are several reasons to consider April as the best time to visit Seoul. On the downside, precipitation gets higher, and rainy days are more likely to occur. Also, occasional yellow dust can cause certain inconveniences—when the air masses from China and Mongolia blend with local pollution. It results in a characteristic haze, which in some cases can cause breathing problems or eye irritation. For a springtime traveler, dressing in layers will be reasonable. Also, a raincoat or an umbrella, a windbreaker, a light scarf, and sunglasses could come of use.

Seoul weather in May

8.4/10 score
Excellent
17° average
average temperatures
17 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Another beautiful month in Seoul with a lot of sunshine—seven hours per day, on average. The temperatures rise to comfortably warm, though the evenings remain cooler sometimes. Precipitation grows progressively, reaching its maximum by the end of the month, so rainy weather becomes more frequent. Humidity is higher too. In May, one can still occasionally spot a characteristic haze typical for winter and spring months. It's formed by the so-called yellow dust (HwangSa in Korean), which originates from the desert of Mongolia and China. Local pollution contributes to the phenomena too. Hence, some people can complain about breathing problems and eye irritation. Despite the increasing temperatures, it's still recommended to dress in layers. A jacket may be particularly useful in the evening. Also, pack an umbrella or a raincoat, a windbreaker, sunglasses, and possibly a light scarf.

Seoul weather in June

8.6/10 score
Excellent
22° average
average temperatures
17 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Summers in Seoul are sultry and rainy. The weather is determined mostly by hot and humid currents of tropical origin. Sometimes, scorching days happen when the highs hit 35°C (95°F). Yet the sea in the nearby Incheon is still too cold for an enjoyable escape of such heat. Rainfall is abundant in June. Therefore, the sky is often overcast, and the sun appears rarer than in spring. Torrential rains also occur. Moreover, the second half of the month occasionally may be affected by typhoons, which are more typical between July and early October. If you visit Seoul in June, bring light cotton or linen clothes, sunscreen, and sunglasses, but also a sweater or sweatshirt for the evenings. A raincoat or umbrella will be valuable too.

Seoul weather in July

7.1/10 score
Very good
25° average
average temperatures
23 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Typical for the season, July is pretty much affected by the summer monsoon. Hot and humid tropical currents make it the second hottest month after August, and also the wettest one. Every other day in July is rainy. Torrential downpours occur frequently. As a result, the amount of sunshine hits a low with only four hours per day. Also, July is the start of typhoon season in South Korea, and tropical cyclones can influence Seoul to some extent too. The periods of good weather also happen, but then the temperatures occasionally exceed 35°C (95°F). Some people find relief at the seaside in Incheon. The sea, which is very cold in winter and spring, finally warms up to 22°C (72°F) in July. Summer visitors should not forget to pack a light rain-resistant jacket and an umbrella. Loose cotton and linen clothing, along with sunscreen, go without saying. A sweater might be useful for the evenings.

Seoul weather in August

6.4/10 score
Good
26° average
average temperatures
20 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
It is the peak of monsoon season—the hottest month without doubt, and also extremely wet. Abundant rainfall, including torrential downpour, occurs every other day in August, but the sun comes out more often than in June. However, in the periods of sunny weather, hot and humid tropical currents are likely to bring scorching heat. Then the temperatures can rise above 35°C (95°F). When it happens, the best option is to flee to the seaside in Incheon. In August, the sea temperature hits a high of 24°C (75°F). However, keep in mind, this is also the season of typhoons in South Korea, which may also affect Seoul. For a late-summer trip, pack plenty of loose summer clothing, preferably cotton and linen, as well as sunscreen and sunglasses, and a sun hat. For rainy days, bring a light waterproof jacket or an umbrella.

Seoul weather in September

8.3/10 score
Excellent
22° average
average temperatures
17 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
With the onset of autumn, the weather changes markedly. First of all, the precipitation is less than half of the August value, so naturally, rainy days are fewer now. Correspondingly, the amount of sunshine is greater than in the wet summer season. There's no uncomfortable humidity any longer. Besides, the air temperatures are much more comfortable. The average highs hover around mid-twenties (77°F), and lows plummet several degrees below 20°C (68°F). At the same time, the sea in Incheon hasn't lost its warmth yet—the sea temperature is 23°C (73°F). While hot and humid tropical currents don't affect Seoul in September, the month can still be influenced by typhoons caused by tropical cyclones of South-East Asia. Anyways, this month is considered one of the best times to visit the city. If you go in September, bring light clothes, sunscreen, and sunglasses. A long-sleeved shirt or a light jacket may be used in the cooler mornings or evenings. An umbrella will also be helpful on a rainy day.

Seoul weather in October

8.5/10 score
Excellent
16° average
average temperatures
15 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Owing to its mild temperatures, low precipitation, rare rains, and a decent amount of sunshine, the month of October is considered one of the best times to visit Seoul. The average lows and highs hover between 20°C (68°F) and 10°C (50°F) which is perfect for taking in the sights, but not enough for the seaside weekend. Moreover, the sea in Incheon is much cooler in October than it was a month ago—the temperature plummets from 23°C (73°F) to 19°C (66°F). Also, in the first half of the month, the city can occasionally be affected by tropical cyclones of South-East Asia, as the typhoon season continues until early October. At last, mid-autumn is when the city dresses into warm hues of seasonal foliage. Traveling to Seoul in October, bring a mix of short- and long-sleeved shirts, as well as a sweater, sweatshirt, and a jacket. The weather is unlikely to spoil your vacation, but toss an umbrella just in case.

Seoul weather in November

7.2/10 score
Very good
8° average
average temperatures
15 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The last month of autumn is less pleasant than October, as the weather is progressively cooling down since winter is coming. The average highs now hover just above 10°C (50°F), while the lows plummet to just above freezing. The sun shines rarer than in October, but still quite frequent—an average of five hours per day. Also, precipitation gets a bit higher, and rains occur more often compared to the previous month. Late-autumn visitors should pack both a rainproof jacket and a heavier coat to stay warm and comfy during cooler and wetter weather. Such clothing articles as a hat, a scarf, and gloves might also be helpful. An umbrella can also be needed.

Seoul weather in December

6.5/10 score
Good
0° average
average temperatures
15 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Winter comes to Seoul in December and is mainly characterized by a rapid drop in average temperatures to the freezing point and below. At night, it can occasionally plummet to as low as -20°C (-4°F). The sun, however, shines surprisingly often as for a cold season—the average of five hours per day remains a stable value for the period between November and January. Snowfall is rarely seen in the city. The season is distinguished by cold air currents blowing from the Asian continent. Besides, yellow dust (HwangSa in Korean) may be brought from the desert of Mongolia and China. Mixed with local pollution, it forms a characteristic haze typical for winter and spring seasons. While visiting Seoul in December, you'll need decent winter gear. A down jacket, winter boots, a hat, a scarf, gloves, and a couple of sweaters will help you feel warm and comfy.