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 4 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 budget travel because, during the late winter season, hotel prices and airline prices drop dramatically along with the temperature! 😉
2. Korean Lunar New Year Traditional Events
In 2019, ‘Seollal’, or Korean Lunar New Year, is from Feb 4 to Feb 6. 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!
3. 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)’! 🙂
4. 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 beautifully landscaped gardens and a lighting festival, which will be held until March 31, 2019. Or, for some winter fun, go on an Ice Fishing 1 Day Tour to the Gapyeong and Cheongpyeong area, which will run till February 22, 2019.
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.