Best Time to Visit South Korea

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit South Korea. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Seoul und Busan. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit South Korea for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol -7 °C to 30 °C
Waves Symbol 4 °C to 26 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.8714.53 in (4 – 14 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 11.8 °C (Seoul) and 14.7 °C (Busan)
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Best Time to Visit South Korea: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 8 °C
Water max. 15 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 11 °C
Water max. 13 °C
MarchMar
MaximumMax. 13 °C
Water max. 13 °C
AprilApr
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MayMay
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JuneJun
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JulyJul
Up to 14.53 in of rainof rain
AugustAug
Up to 11.57 in of rainof rain
SeptemberSep
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Busan
OctoberOct
TemperaturesTemp. up to 22 °C
NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 16 °C
DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 11 °C

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (South Korea) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
SeoulMay, June, and September
BusanApril, May, and September

Climate Charts South Korea

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Seoul

Climate Chart Seoul
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Busan

Climate Chart Busan
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables South Korea

In the following, you will find some climate tables for South Korea, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Seoul (South Korea)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature17°23°26°29°30°26°20°11°
Night Temperature-7°-5°12°17°22°22°16°-4°
Water Temperature10°18°21°24°21°18°13°
Precipitation (inch)0.910.981.853.73.625.2814.5311.576.651.932.090.87
Hours of Sunshine566776456755
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Seoul is 11.8 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (25.4 °C)
Coldest month: January (-3.4 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Seoul is 24 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
June, July, August, September, and October

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, and September

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 53.98 inch

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): July, and August
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 26.1 in

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 7.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.7 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Busan (South Korea)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature10°13°18°22°24°27°29°26°22°16°11°
Night Temperature-1°10°14°18°22°23°20°14°
Water Temperature15°13°13°15°17°21°24°26°25°23°20°17°
Precipitation (inch)1.351.983.185.226.28.1412.4810.046.222.31.80.9
Rainy days668991014129564
Hours of Sunshine676776576777
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Busan is 14.7 °C.

Warmest month: August (25.9 °C)
Coldest month: January (3.2 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Busan is 26 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all except January, February, March, and April

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 59.81 inch on 98 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June, July, and August
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 30.66 in

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 7.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Popular Activities

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Seoul
mist     mist, 8.4 °C
Clouds: 95 %       Wind: 0 mph WNW
Air Pressure: 1023 hPa       Humidity: 100 %
Last updated: 12th Nov 2019, 02:56 am
The next days …
12th Nov 201913th Nov 201914th Nov 201915th Nov 201916th Nov 201917th Nov 2019
scattered clouds9 °C to 16 °Cmoderate rain5 °C to 14 °Csky is clear-0 °C to 3 °Cmoderate rain4 °C to 11 °Cmoderate rain4 °C to 12 °Clight rain8 °C to 16 °C
9 °C to 16 °C5 °C to 14 °C-0 °C to 3 °C4 °C to 11 °C4 °C to 12 °C8 °C to 16 °C
Clouds: 42 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 28 %Clouds: 100 %
No Precipitation0.16 in of rainNo Precipitation0.19 in of rain0.26 in of rain0.06 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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South Korea: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 2 reviews for South Korea holiday already. Average rating is 4 of 5 stars.
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    Sam, 30 years old was there in May

    Sunny and warm during the day, but relatively fresh at night (a sweater or a thin jacket is recommended).

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Dominik, 29 years old was there in January

    Very cold, but there was hardly any rain/snow. A lot of sun

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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