3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Jeju Island In Winter

It’s no secret that this wonderful resort island in South Korea, Jeju Island, offers a breathtaking natural beauty all year round.

While every visit to this island in South Korea brings a different emotion to its visitors, it is the winter season that beckons travelers as one can discover Jeju’s best-kept secrets.

But there are more reasons to it than that. Read on to find out why you need to Jeju Island before the winter months are over.

1. Mild Winter Weather


Camellia Hill Jeju in December | Photo courtesy of emily.park87 @Instagram

Boasting temperate climate all year round, the winter in Jeju Island is comparatively warmer than Seoul and the rest of Korea.

Even in winter, the temperature rarely falls below 0 °C (32°F) in Jeju Island, and the average winter temperature is around 5~7 °C (41~44.6°F) from January to mid-March. The weather is cool, dry and even mild enough for you to be outside and enjoy the outdoor activities.

Thanks to its warm weather in winter, Jeju Island is home to a garden of more than 6,000 camellia trees and other beautiful arboretums. Including the famous Camellia Hill, botanical gardens in Jeju Island are loved as must-visit attractions by winter visitors.

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| Spirited Garden Jeju Discount Ticket

When it comes to Jeju’s weather in winter, we often come across this question below.

Does it snow in Jeju Island?

Yes, it does. While the rest of the lower area in Jeju Island sees more rain than snow due to the warm temperatures, it snows from late November in Hallasan Mountain. So if you want to see snow, hike up Hallasan Mountain.

Jeju is a volcanic island consisting of dynamic geographical features. Its weather conditions can also be as dynamic depending on where you go. We strongly advise that you check the weather forecast regularly before your trip.

2. Cheaper Airfare & Accommodation


Hotel Leo in Jeju Island

To be honest, there is no distinction between the high season and the low season in Jeju Island as it is a popular travel destination all year round. But typically, the winter months (except for Christmas and Korean Lunar New Year holiday) – December to early March, are considered the low season.

If you want to save money on your travel, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the winter months as the rates of airfare and hotel accommodation are generally cheaper while the prices tend to double during the peak season.

If you want to save even more, it’s best to book your flight tickets and hotel rooms on weekdays rather than Friday and weekends.

Check out this flight + hotel package to secure your room and flight at once!
| Seoul to Jeju Island Flight + Hotel (Airtel) Package

Oftentimes, short-term travelers ask whether it is possible to make the trip in one day to Jeju Island from Seoul. The answer is yes.

You can make a day trip from Seoul to Jeju Island by booking a midnight or an early morning flight to Jeju and a late-night flight to Seoul. However, since the public transportation in Jeju Island is limited and you will likely waste most of your time on the road unless you rent a car and drive yourself.

Car Rental in Jeju Island

An ideal solution for the hassle is to book an all-inclusive package like below. The package includes a round-trip flight ticket, a pick-up service in Seoul, a guided day tour in Jeju Island – with an English-speaking tour guide and admission fees.

▼Visit Jeju Island from Seoul in one day ▼
Jeju Island 1 Day Tour + Flight (Departing from Seoul)

 3. Awe-inspiring Winter Scenery


Hallasan Mountain in Jeju Island in winter | Photo courtesy of jejulog_hyun @Instagram 

While Jeju Island offers pristine beaches and lush green landscapes in summer, it is just as beautiful in the winter as the snow-covered Hallasan Mountain and volcanic cones add an incomparable charm to its winter scenery.

Hallasan Mountain is incredible any time of the year, but you definitely don’t want to miss its sheer beauty during the winter months. You will be able to admire the spectacular vistas while hiking up to the peak of the snow-coated mountain. Hallasan Mountain, indeed, will be the perfect outlet if you’ve been looking for the ultimate adventure experience in winter.

Enjoyed reading the post? Then, don’t miss out on all that Jeju’s winter has to offer and start packing up!

Looking for the best travel experiences in Jeju Island in winter?

Browse more things to do in Jeju Island at Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, Trazy.com, or stay tuned for our upcoming post about the best places to visit in Jeju Island in winter! 🙂

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41 comments

  1. Hi Trazy,
    My family is planning to visit Jeju from 28th Dec to 1st Jan. We specifically seek to see snow. Will we able to see snow in the city, or will need to go to the Hallasan to see it? (we have a 2 years old baby so can’t really do the trekking. Will we see snow at the bus stop area or very bottom of the mountain?
    Thanks for your advice!

    1. Hello Rose! According to the weather forecast, there is no indication of snowfall during your visit. You will probably be able to see snow in Hallasan Mountain, but rarely in the city area. Forecasts are still somewhat tentative, but depending on the weather conditions, you will be able to see snow at the lower ground of Hallasan Mountain. Please check the weather forecast regularly for indication of snowfall before your visit! 🙂

    1. Hello, kelly chin. We recommend you to wear a thick winter coat (wear in multiple layers), thick socks, winter shoes, muffler, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and gloves. Hope this answers your question! 🙂

  2. Hi we are is planning to visit Jeju next year 2018. We would want to see snow fall. Will When will be the best time visit Jeju to see snow?? when is the best time for snow in town?? we able to see snow in the city?? Thank you.

    1. Hello Pervin! You will probably be able to see snow in Hallasan Mountain, but rarely in the city area. Usually, the month of January tends is the coldest month of the year so you might be able to see snow during that time. However, it’s best for you to check the weather forecast for indication of snowfall when planning your trip. Hope this answers your question. 🙂

    1. According to The National Weather Service, the average high temperature in Jeju Island is around 10°C(50℉) during that time period when you’re planning to travel. It won’t be too cold. It would be rather refreshingly cool, but it’s always good to bring layers of clothes as Jeju is often called “the island of wind”. It can get very windy.

  3. Hi,im planning to visit jeju island on 3rd march until 10th march..whats the temperature over there? And whats the recommended wear? Thanks

    1. Hello Radzlan Shah 🙂
      In March, it’s a bit cold in the morning/night (around 2~8°C) but gets better in the day time (10~15°C). A light jacket/Windbreaker is recommended to bring it with you for outdoor activities.

  4. im hamidah,
    i planned to visit jeju in mid march.our grand children are excited to see snow,,it is still snowning in mid march in jeju

    1. Hello Hamidah,
      Unfortunately, Jeju Island’s weather in March is above zero (5°C~11°C) which is hard to find snow. Instead, you will be able to feel the soft spring breeze 😀

    1. Hello Tan Fook Wah!
      It highly depends on the weather but preferably mid to late January is recommended to see snow at Hallasan mountain and in some parts of Jeju Island 🙂

  5. Hi, how is the weather in Jeju during May? Is it hot ? Do I need to wear sunscreen , I don’t wanna get a tan.

    1. Hello Mei 🙂
      The temperature is around 16°C ~ 24°C in May. Since the sun can be strong in the middle of the day, we recommend you to bring a sunscreen along the tour.

    1. Hi John,
      It will be hard to find snow on the ground but you will still be able to see the snow in the mountains if weather permits 🙂

  6. Hi,
    My wife and I went to Jeju recently in June 2018. We rented a car, drove around..It was really wonderful and awesome. We plan to go back to see snow with our kid this year end but afraid he can’t stand the winter cold. He’s 6 year old this year.

    May I know which month is the best for us to visit Jeju and see snow?

    1. Hi Jeffrey 🙂
      To see the snow in Jeju Island, it is recommended to visit in January or February. However, as it is highly dependent on the weather condition, we recommend you to check the weather forecast regularly for indication of snowfall before your visit.

  7. Hi, we will be visiting Jeju from 13 to 19 Dec this year. We are planning to rent a car. Will the road be difficult to handle? Anything that we need to watch out for during this period, a.k.a the weather and stuffs? Thanks in advanced 😉

    1. Hi YLee,
      During the period mentioned, the temperature is expected to be between 5°C~15°C and mostly sunny. Just a small tip, if you enter the village area, make sure to be careful of small and bumpy alleys 🙂

    1. Hi Narzin,
      Yes, it is available but some of the courses may be restricted in case of severe weather condition. We recommend you to double check on the day of your visit for exact information.

  8. Dear Sir/Madam,
    We plan to visit Jeju in December 2018
    What is a suitable car to rent , so that we can drive up to Mt. Hallasan

  9. Hi there..my family and I will be visiting Jeju from 18-25Feb 2019..is it still snowing during that time?aside, any serve no pork/Muslim friendly restaurant recommended restaurant that we can visit and suitable for kids which is not a spicy eater?

  10. Hello,
    We are planning to visit jeju island on December 29, 2018 -january 1, 2019 and we wanted to see snow. Can we experience snow on those dates?

    1. Hi Erwan 🙂
      It highly depends on the weather but you may be able to see the snow in the upper part of Mt.Hallasan. Please make sure to check the weather forecast in advance 🙂

    1. Hi Michelle! It highly depends on the weather but it is usually expected to see the snow in January~February. We recommend you to check out the weather forecast before you visit Hallasan 🙂
      *https://www.accuweather.com/en/kr/jeju/224209/weather-forecast/224209

        1. Hi Michelle,
          Usually, you can see snow on the top of the Mt.Halla during January and February but it depends on the weather conditions.

  11. Hi Trazy
    My family is planning to visit Jeju Island from Dec 26 to 28, 2018. To see snow & ski..is it possible? Thank you for your advise…

    1. Dear Yolly,
      Jeju Island is one of the warmest regions in Korea and they don’t have any ski resort there. Sometimes it snows there but it highly depends on the weather condition. Usually, you can see snow on the top of the Mt.Halla during the winter but this is also subject to change depending on the weather of that year.

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