high season: May to June, September to November
low season: December to February, July to August
shoulder season: March to April
Weather InformationKorea experiences four distinct seasons. Spring and fall are pleasant with mild temperatures in the 70s and low humidity. Rain can occur, but most days are dry with clear skies. The heaviest rain falls from late July through mid-August; however, it does not fall continuously. Temperatures can reach an average high of 98 degrees with 80 to 85 percent humidity. Coastal areas are more temperate due to sea breezes. Typhoons are possible from late July through early September, but they usually subside before hitting the peninsula. Winter can be quite cold, with average temperatures from 10 to 35 degrees in the interior. The coastal regions stay just above freezing.
Crowd InformationThe month of May experiences high visitor traffic from Japan. During national holidays, locals visit their hometowns and families, causing scarce availability in air, rail, and bus transportation, as well as traffic jams throughout the country.
Closure InformationOffices and banks close for official holidays, while palaces, museums, most restaurants, department stores, and amusement venues remain open. However, during the Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day), most shops and restaurants will close for at least one day. Department stores close on January 1 for at least one day as well.
When to SaveAirfare prices are generally lower during the winter and higher during the summer. During the winter, hotels also offer reduced prices and travel providers package vacations geared toward foreign tourists.
When to BookBook at least three months in advance if visiting during national holidays. Book as early as possible in general.
Information provided by the Korea Tourism Organization