5 Reasons Why You Must Visit South Korea in February

In terms of weather, the most favorable times to visit South Korea are during the months of  March to May and September to November. However, February can also be a fabulous time for travelers to visit South Korea. Here are 5 great reasons why:

1. Save Your Travel Expenses

incheon-international-airport-680402_1920.jpgWant to save travel expenses? We strongly recommend you visit South Korea in February if you’re considering a budget travel because during the winter season, hotels prices and airline prices drop dramatically along with the temperature! 😉

2. Awe-inspiring Winter Landscapes

allowto_freedownload_snap_1531.jpgThough the cold winter season has kicked off a little bit later than last year, you can still enjoy the amazing landscapes of snow-capped mountains and frozen rivers as well as a winter hike at beautiful national parks around South Korea. allowto_freedownload_landscape_1521.jpgFor instance, Seoraksan Mountain (Seoraksan National Park), located in Sokcho, which is the eastern part of South Korea, boasts magnificent natural scenery in winter. It is where you can enjoy both winter hiking and the beautiful East Sea situated nearby.ec868decb488-1For free travelers who want to travel across Korea on their own without experiencing any problems trying to figure out where to go and how to get there, here’s a perfect 1-day tour to Sokcho. Booking is available here.

3. Korean Lunar New Year Traditional Events

From 27th to 30th January in 2017 is the Korean Lunar New Year, or “Seollal” in Korean. As a celebration of Seollal, there will be various events and traditional experience programs for foreign visitors and travelers. Try paying a visit to Namsangol Hanok Village and the Korean Folk Village to enjoy traditional performances, traditional craft programs and folk games.roof-tile-1171294_1920Plus, while most shops and restaurants will be closed, Korea’s four major palaces, Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung, will be open on the very day of Lunar New Year, 27th of January. You’ll be able to enter the palaces for free on this day, how awesome is that! If you want to take a look around the palaces in depth, check out this palace tour.

4. Feast on Traditional Foods

As mentioned above, Koreans will be celebrating the Korean Lunar New Year, which means that there will be plenty of traditional foods all over the country! Visit local markets like Gwangjang Market or Namdaemun Market during this time of year, and you’ll find ample foods that Koreans eat during the Lunar New Year. Try ‘Yakgwa (honey cookies)’, ‘Hangwa (traditional Korean sweets)’, ‘Jeon (pancake)’ or ‘Tteokguk (sliced rice cake soup)’! 🙂

5. All-Time Favorite Winter Activities & Festivals

Though the temperature is chilly in South Korea, that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying outdoor activities as there is an abundance of them! From sledding, skiing and ice fishing to light festivals, there’s so much to see and experience.

Try a visit to the Garden of Morning Calm where there are thousands of varieties of plants and flowers on display as well as a lighting festival that’s full of beautiful colors! There are also plenty of outdoor winter activities all around the country! Check out this link for more places to go and things to do!

Now that you know why February is a great time to visit South Korea, visit Korea’s #1 travel guide, Trazy.com, to discover the latest, newest, trendiest things to do in South Korea!button_main


  1. Hi gotrazy, my friends and I are planning to visit Korea in February next year which coincides with the Winter Olympics, but we are not sure if there will be skiing resorts open to tourists during that time. We would like to avoid the crowds as much as possible. Do you think the usual tourist attractions will be crowded?

    1. Hello, reindrops! Sorry for the belated reply. Other than the three venues of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018, which are Alpensia, Yongpyong, and Phoenix Park ski resorts, all the other ski resorts are expected to open for public. But the exact opening or operation dates of ski resorts for coming winter season have not been announced yet, so please get back to us in September or later for more detailed information. And yes, we expect more crowds in the tourist attractions, especially in Gangwon Province, than usual due to the Olympics. Hope this info helps! 🙂

  2. We are going to Seoul on 17th February. Where can I check for the weather and what to bring then. What places of visits around that should not be missed?

    1. Hello, Judie! You can check the weather here: http://www.accuweather.com/en/kr/seoul/226081/february-weather/226081. We advise you to bring thick outerwear as the estimated average temperatures will be lower than 5 degrees Celsius during the daytime, the lowest temperature is -5 degrees Celsius at night. If you need a help with planning your travel itinerary, please visit Trazy.com via the link, https://www.trazy.com/things-to-do/seoul, where you can find the best things to do and see in Seoul. Hope this helps! 🙂

  3. Hi there! Need some help here – what will the weather be like in Seoul from around March 22 to April 4? I’m heading there then & I’m unsure if it’ll still be cold or not. Thank you!

    1. Hello Abby! It will be around 12~15 degree Celcius from mid-March to early April. In general, it will be a bit chilly in Seoul, so please make sure you bring an outerwear. Also, we strongly advise you to check the weather forecast (especially the precipitation) regularly before your trip. 🙂

  4. hi gotrazy, I’ve booked a flight to visit South Korea on 10th Feb 2017, do you think the weather is alright at that time? How about recreation places or shopping places for tourists, will they be open during winter/February? I really need advice so badly….

    1. Hello Dian! According to the weather forecast, it will be still chilly and there may be a snowfall during your trip so please make sure you bring thick clothes. You won’t have to worry about the shopping places and tourist attractions, they will operate as normal. Hope this answers your question. 🙂

  5. Hello there!
    I’ll be visiting korea in Feb 2017 to experience winter. I’m wondering if there will still be snow at the end of the month. I want to try skiing!

    1. According to the forecast, there are few days of snowfall expected at the end of February in 2017. However, we advise you to check the weather forecast regularly for the exact weather conditions before your trip! 🙂

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