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Location and Climate



South Korea is located in Northeast Asia, on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula. To the north it borders North Korea, to the west the Yellow Sea separates it from China’s mainland, to the south is East China Sea, and to the east – the East Sea and Japan. Its size is approximately 100,032 square kilometers. The largest island, Jeju-do, lies off the southwest corner of the peninsula and has a land area of 1,825 square kilometers.




Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons.



Spring is especially beautiful in Korea with cherry trees and magnolias blooming in every street in the cities and all around the countryside. It is probably the shortest season of all as, once the cold months are over, temperatures tend to rise rather quickly.

The spring is the time of the yellow sands, originating in the Mongolian desert. The yellow sands may cause mild irritation to the eyes, but it is basically just dust originating from the soil and thus is not particularly harmful for the health. Koreans solve the problem easily by wearing sanitary masks for the couple of days when the concentration of sand in the air is the highest.   



Korean summers are hot and humid. During the early summer there is a rainy period of about two weeks with marked concentration of rainfall. In late summer typhoons tend to pass over South Korea, but they usually do not cause substantial damage. In July the mean temperature is between 22 and 25°C (72 to 77°F). The high humidity, however, creates the illusion of temperatures being much higher. Early summer is a great time to travel to Korea.



Fantastic weather and picturesque landscapes is what to expect from the autumn in Korea. For most of the time it is still warm, but not hot. The trees change into bright colors that can rarely be seen in most other countries.    

Autumn is the season of Korea’s favorite holiday – the harvest festival Chuseok. Traditional celebrations bring people dressed in traditional clothes out to the streets. Celebrations take place all around the country.



Winters in Korea are dry and relatively cold. Starting from December occasional snowfalls create beautiful winter scenes and excellent conditions for winter sports. Mean temperature in January is a little bit under 0°C (around 28°F). Make sure to bring warm clothes if you plan on visiting Korea during the winter. Many provinces organize winter festivals with snow sculpture exhibitions and cultural events.




Current Korea Weather Conditions

Korea has four seasons, with a wet monsoon/summer in the middle of the year, and a cold winter from November to March. The island of Jeju off the southern coast is the warmest and wettest place in the country. The ideal time to visit Korea is during the autumn months (September-November). During this time, the country experiences warm, sunny weather, skies that are cobalt blue and spectacular foliage that is perhaps the biggest draw. Winters are cold and dry and are a good time to visit if you are interested in winter sports as there are numerous ski resorts. Spring (April-May) is also beautiful with all the cherry blossoms in bloom. However, it is very busy and one needs to book in advance to ensure accommodation is available. The summer months are muggy and hot, and rather crowded. It is also when the monsoon begins so many activities are subject to the fluctuations of heavy rain.

















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