South Korea Guide Weather

Ski-bunnies will hop out of their skins in winter, rain lovers won’t be able to resist the heat of summer, flower fiends will seize on spring, and those who like it mild, pleasant and a little bit overcast won’t be able to go past autumn. When it comes to weather in South Korea, anything goes.

Seasons and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Aussies are used to steamy summers. Beach weather comes at a price in South Korea as the monsoon season kicks off and constant rainfall seals in a sticky humidity across the country. If unpredictable showers and whipping winds don’t bother you, brave the weather and head to the beach where it may be sunny – when in doubt, follow a local. Why? South Koreans vacation in summer!

Autumn: September to November

There’s no time like autumn to explore South Korea. The country comes to life with a burned rainbow of gold, yellows, greens and reds, making a casual trip to a mountain temple a rare visual delight. Though temperatures can fluctuate dramatically between day and night, the southern provinces are warmer than the northern capital of Seoul and mid-port city, Daegu.

Winter: December to February

There’s no escaping it, South Korea is icy during the winter months. Popular with skiers, a South Korean winter is long, dry and bitterly cold with average low temps of below zero. A Siberian Asiatic high brings across cutting winds from the northwest fusing with low-pressure troughs for fog, ice, snow, wind and rain. Bring thermal layers to sleep in and clothes that are easily layered.  

Spring: March to May

Spring in South Korea holds nothing back, blazing with thousands of blooms and fragrant colours. Be aware that March to May is a peak tourist season when cities around the country are accentuated by lilacs, magnolias and cherry blossoms – and thousands of people. Rain is still an irregular feature, although most days should be fine, averaging out at a very chill 12 degrees Celsius. Bring a jumper or scarf for changeable conditions.