5 Reasons Why You Must Visit South Korea in February

In terms of warm or cool weather, the most favorable times to visit South Korea are during the months of  March to May and September to November. But 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 to visit South Korea in February if you’re considering a budget travel because during the late winter season, hotels prices and airline prices drop dramatically along with the temperature! 😉

2. Pyeongchang2018 Winter Olympics


Photo Courtesy of KOREA.NET

Korea in February 2018, in particular, is full of festive moods for Pyongchang2018 Winter Olympics. Pyeongchang & Gangneung, the two host cities are vibrant with several Olympic related events, athletes, tourists and reporters.

If you’re visiting Korea during the winter games, visit Pyeongchang & Gangneung and feel the vibes of the festival that brings the world together!

| Check out things to do in Pyeongchang & Gangneung
| Need transfer to get to the Pyeongchang Olympics venues?

3. Korean Lunar New Year Traditional Events


Photo Courtesy of Korean Folk Village

In 2018, ‘Seollal’, or Korean Lunar New Year, is 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.

Put on a hanbok and roam about the palaces on Seollal and celebrate Lunar New Year just like Koreans!

| Check out Trazy’s one-day hanbok rental

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 till 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.

28 comments

  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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. 🙂

  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. 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! 🙂

  5. 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! 🙂

      1. Hi gotrazy, we’re all set to visit Korea on Feb 10th-17th. Can you please let us know what to wear/bring? It will be our first time to experience winter. 🙂 Thanks!

        1. Hello reindrops! We strongly recommend you to bring thick winter coats, thermals/long underwear, sweaters, thick socks, muffler, hat, waterproof gloves, boots, umbrella (in case of heavy snowfall), facial mist, lotion and sunscreen on your trip to Korea in the winter. Hope this answer helps! 😉

  6. Hello gotrazy,

    I’m planning on going to korea two years from now i was wondering is there any other places to that you recommend in February. Would i need a interpreter as well?

    Thank you!

    1. Hello Lynnx! We recommend visiting ski resorts during February. Most of the Korean ski resorts run until the end of February, so go on a ski trip at least once during your stay in Korea! Also, there will be many light festivals during that time, and the most popular one is the light festival at the Garden of Morning Calm, which usually runs until mid-March. If you go on a tour to these destinations with Trazy, there will be an English-speaking staff or tour guide, so please check out Trazy.com and book your trip with us. If you need help arranging your trip, please talk to us via email: inquiry@trazy.com or leave us a message on our website: http://www.trazy.com/experience/custom_trip. Hope this info helps! 🙂

  7. I am thinking to visit Seoul in Feb 2018. Is this a good time? Are they celebrating the Lunar New Year just like the Chinese’s Lunar New Year, which falls on 16 Feb 2018?

  8. Hi, I already booked a ticket to South Korea this coming February 01-08, 2018 i just need to ask if there will be a snow in that time and where can we visit for ski? and is there any unlimited bus and train rides for tourist like in SG tourist pass?

    1. Hi Jane Marquez! Snow in February is probably possible, but not 100% guaranteed. However, most of ski resort will operate in February. (The Vivaldi, Yongpyong, or Alpensia etc.)

      Regarding the 2nd question (Unlimited buses and trains), we strongly advise you to contact the Immigration Contact Center (☎1345 or +82-1345 from overseas / Operates on weekdays only: 9am-22pm KST) for more detailed information. Thank you.

  9. Hello. My boss will bring me to Korea on Feb 18 – 23. My first time to go out of the country. May I know what kind of clothes am i going to bring? Thank you.

    1. Hello Ann, since it’s winter season in February, the temperature is expected to be between -6°C and 7°C. We recommend you to wear warmly and make sure to bring winter accessories with you 🙂

  10. Hi
    Will be in seoul march 1 to 3, 2018
    Will it still be snowing at these days?
    Also, are the snow in vivaldi park artificial? No area with real snow?

    Thank you.

  11. Hi! We’ll be in Seoul March 24 to 29. Is it still cold? Are we still supposed to wear winter coats/jackets? Thank you.

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