Location and Climate
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.
has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.