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
Want 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
Though 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.
For instance, Seoraksan Mountain (Seoraksan National Park), located in Sokcho in Gangwondo, 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.
Winter hiking tour to Seoraksan National Park is available here.
For travelers who wish to visit the best attractions in Sokcho, check out this 1-day tour to Sokcho.
3. Korean Lunar New Year Traditional Events
In 2018, ‘Seollal’, or Korean Lunar New Year, falls from Feb 15 to Feb 17. As a celebration of Seollal, there will be various events and traditional experience programs for foreign visitors and travelers. During the holiday, Namsangol Hanok Village and Korean Folk Village offer various traditional performances, traditional craft programs and folk games.
Plus, 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, 16 of February. You’ll be able to enter the palaces for free on this day. 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.
Consider visiting the Garden of Morning Calm where you can see beautiful landscaped gardens and a lighting festival, which will be held until March 25, 2018. Or, for some winter fun, go on an ice fishing trip to the 2018 Pyeongchang Trout Festival, which will run til February 25.
Now that you know why February is a great time to visit South Korea, visit Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, Trazy.com, to book your trips and travel experiences.