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.


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

September–early November • nature

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

Hiking High Season

September–May • activity

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

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

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

March–November • nature

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

Persimmon Harvest and Gotgam Making

October–early December • food

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

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

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

Attend the Megachurch

Sundays • activity

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

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


Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival

April • nature

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

Seoul Lantern Festival

November 02–18, 2018 • event

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

Lotus Lantern Festival (Yeon Deung Hoe)

May 03–05, 2019 • event

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

Sajik Daeje

September 22, 2018 • event

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

Weeping Cherry Blossoms

April • 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.


September 13, 2019 • food

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


March–May  • food

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

Lunar New Year

February 05, 2019 • event

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

Ultra Korea

June 07–09, 2019 • event

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

Jongmyo Daeje

May 06, 2018 • event

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

Cool Down with Patbingsu

June–August • food

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

Chuseok (Harvest Moon Festival)

September 24, 2018 • 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

Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival

September (TBA) 2018 • 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

Seoul Drum Festival

May 25–26, 2018 • 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

Kimchi Festival

November 02–04, 2018 • event

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

King Crab

February–mid-March  • food

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

Seoul International Fireworks Festival

October 06, 2018 • 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

Entrance Exams Fever

November 15, 2018 • 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

Seoul International Marathon

March 17, 2019 • 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!

Seoul Summer Sale

July • activity

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

CITYBREAK Music Festival

TBA • event

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

Seoul Fashion Week

October 15–20, 2018 • event

Immerse yourself into unconventional South Korean design sensibility

Cold Naengmyeon Noodles on the Coldest Day

January • food

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

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–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


September 12–14, 2019 • food

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

Sweet Potatoes and Chestnuts

December–March • food

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

Seoul Ice Skating Rinks

late December–early February • activity

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


June–August • food

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

Eat Samgyetang on the Hottest Day

July–August • food

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

Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival

August 10–12, 2018 • 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

Fugu (Puffer Fish or Blowfish)

November–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