In terms of weather, the most favorable seasons to visit Korea are during the months of March to May and September to November. But the month of 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 budget travel because, during the late winter season, hotel prices and airline prices drop dramatically along with the temperature! Although it’s difficult to travel abroad these days because of Coronavirus, if you are already residing in Korea, check out the flights to Jeju Island.
2. Korean Lunar New Year Traditional Events
In 2021, ‘Seollal’, or Korean Lunar New Year, is from February 11th to 13th. As a celebration of Seollal, there are 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, Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Changgyeonggung — will be open on the very day of Lunar New Year. Therefore, 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, Namdaemun Market, or Mangwon 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. “Valentine’s Day” Special Activities
As you all know, Valentine’s Day is on February 14th, and there are various activities that are recommended to couples. First, customized ring, necklace, or bracelet making class in Hongdae is very popular among couples. You can add laser engravings or color birthstones. Also, visiting COEX Aquarium, the largest aquarium in Seoul, is also suggested since there is a Couple Discount from February 4th to 28th!
5. All-Time Favorite Winter Festivals & Activities
Although the temperature is chilly in Korea, that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying outdoor activities because there is an abundance of them! From sledding, skiing, and ice fishing to light festivals, there’s so much to see and experience in Korea, February.
Consider visiting beautifully landscaped gardens and a light festival there in winter. It would be a romantic way to grab your last moments of winter. Light up your winter with bright and dazzling lights!
The most famous light festivals in Korea are one at Garden of Morning Calm which is usually held until March 14th.
2) Ski & Snowboard
Above all, Korea in February is heaven for ski & snowboard lovers! Since there are dozens of ski resorts you can choose from in snowy Korea. In addition, don’t worry that there will not be enough snow as February in Korea is still winter and has snow. Appreciate the view of the beautiful snowy landscape while you enjoy skiing and snowboarding!
Read more of our blog posts to choose which is the best option for your needs. They will help you organize your ski trip to Korea:
3) Snow Sledding at Theme Parks
In February, you can enjoy fun snow sledding as well as thrilling rides at Everland theme park and Seoul Land amusement park! At Everland, you can get 41% + Extra 8% OFF if you have a valid Residence Card (former Alien Registration Card, ARC) or USFK ID during Feb 6~14. Also, you can choose one FREE gift among postcard, gloves, and muffler. At Seoul Land, not only you can enjoy free snow sledding but also winter ice fishing.
Now that you know why February is a great time to visit Korea, visit Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, to book your trips and travel experiences!