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Where to go & what to do in Korea: Recomended activities for different seasons

If you are cracking your head over when is the best time to visit South Korea, think no more. There is never a bad time to holiday in South Korea, a country with a vibrant culture and history yet embraces modern technology. Here’s a checklist of must-try activities in all seasons in Korea including spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Places to visit during spring in Korea

Month of visitSuggested ActivityWhere to GoAverage Price*
MarchJeju Fire FestivalJejuRM613
AprilCherry BlossomJinhae via BusanRM719
MayLotus FestivalSeoulRM858

*Prices shown are round trip fares from Kuala Lumpur

Spring in Korea starts around mid-March up to May before temperature rises. It is arguably the most comfortable season to visit Korea, especially with cherry blossoms painting the entire country in beautiful colors of pink, red and white.

Experience the heat at Jeju Fire Festival in March

Taking place in spring, the Jeju Fire Festival is one not to be missed if you are in South Korea in early March. Symbolizing the celebration of spring in recent times, the highlight of this festival is the burning of the daljib (moon house), which are huge structures compromising mainly of pine tree logs. In addition to the massive bonfire, food trucks selling authentic Korean food, K-Pop concerts, fireworks displays, and various cultural activities also take place during the 4-day festival.

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Enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae in April

Check out the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, the biggest springtime festival in Korea which takes place in early April. With more than 2 million visitors to the event annually, it is a must to whip out your camera and cross the wooden Romance Bridge where the cherry blossoms reflect on the stream below.

Stay a night in Jinhae so that you can enjoy the Yeojwacheon Light Festival at night where an alluring array of colourful umbrellas and lanterns decorate the stream. At approximately RM481 a night, the Jinhae Tourist Biz Hotel provides a comfortable stay for two, a short distance away from the festival. You can also stay in Busan and drive to Jinhae for a day trip.

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Witness the festivity of the Lotus Lantern Festival in May

Do not miss the month-long Lotus Lantern Festival, which celebrates the Buddha’s birthday with various events happening in the temples across Seoul. Spare some time on May 4, 2019, for the festival highlight, the Lantern Parade. Taking place from 7– 9 pm, thousands of lanterns are lit in the heart of the city, illuminating the city night. Remember to go before 4 pm to get a good spot along the street.

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Places to visit during summer in Korea

Month of visitSuggested ActivityWhere to GoAverage Price*
JulyBoryeong Mud FestivalBoryeong via SeoulRM858
JulyWaterbomb FestivalSeoulRM858
AugustBusan Sea FestivalBusanRM719

*Prices shown are round trip fares from Kuala Lumpur

Summer in South Korea falls between June to August, and the high temperature, coupled with the humidity makes summer the best time to head out to the beach or water theme park located all across the country.

Go crazy at Seoul’s Waterbomb Festival 2019 in July

Check out the Waterbomb Festival in Seoul where festivalgoers can have fun in the various pools, play with water guns in a huge battle with the other visitors, enjoy thrilling fireworks shows, and be part of a massive K-Pop concert with the biggest stars in the country. The festival will take place on 20th and 21stJuly 2019.

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Have fun with mud in Boryeong in July

Want something out of the normal? Head to Boryeong Daecheon Beach for the weeklong annual Boryeong Mud Festival in mid-July! Enjoy a variety of survival mud games as well as wellness activities such as mud baths and mud powder massages.

Boryeong mud is supposedly great for your skin with its anti-aging components, so don’t be afraid to get down and dirty, swim around the mud and just have tons of fun! If you want to spend a night at Daecheon Beach, book early as hotel prices can soar nearer the festival’s dates. Pine Motel is one of the more affordable stays around the beach, setting you back around RM290 a night for two.

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Summer fun by the sea in Busan in August

Happening every August, the Busan Sea Festival is the city’s biggest summer festival, spanning across its coastline, including the Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Songjeong Beach, Dadaepo Beach, and Songdo Beach. There are cultural events, K-Pop performances, fireworks displays, water carnivals, and more taking place across all the beaches in Busan during the festival. 

To enjoy the festival thoroughly, you will need to stay at least two nights in Busan. Choose hotels that are near to the beaches such as the Ibis Budget Ambassador Busan Haeundae (RM243 per night for two), Best Western Haeundae Hotel (RM285 per night for two), and Ramada Encore by Wyndham Haeundae (RM367 per night for two).

Places to visit during autumn in Korea

When to GoSuggested ActivityWhere to GoAverage Price*
OctoberSeoul International Fireworks FestivalSeoulRM858
OctoberSilver Grass FestivalSeoulRM858
NovemberFall FoliageAsan via SeoulRM858

*Prices shown are round trip fares from Kuala Lumpur

Known as the season for bountiful harvests, visiting South Korea in autumn, typically between September to November, presents a picturesque hue of golden-yellow and crimson across the country.

Light up your autumn in Korea night with fireworks in October

autumn in Seoul

Taking place in early October is the Seoul International Fireworks Festival; the one-night-only event showcases a thrilling display of fireworks right in the heart of the city. The exact date of the event for 2019 will be released in due time.

Performances and various activities such as a flea market and food truck zones occupy the Yeouido Hangang Park, leading to the vivid show of fireworks in the night. Go before 3 pm to secure a good spot. Alternatively, you can also check in Kensington Hotel Yeouido at RM454 a night for two, located near the festival for a front-row view without the crowd.

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Snap Seoul’s autumn foliage in October

Prefer to stay in the capital to check out the autumn foliage? Check out the Seoul Silver Grass Festival that takes place in mid-October at the World Cup Park’s Haneul Park. Not only do you get to enjoy the breath-taking golden and red hues of autumn leaves, but also unique installations such as traditional Korean lanterns, and illuminated silver grass fields, giving you an unforgettable experience.

Head down south to Asan, Korea’s fall photography hotspot in November

Get your camera ready and head to Asan if you are visiting Korea in November. A mere 45-minute ride on the KTX, you will reach the epitome of autumn scenery, the Asan Gingko Tree Road. This spot is a must-visit for anyone who is visiting Korea in autumn. Situated just beside a river, the 2km avenue is a photographers’ hotspot for its mesmerizing views.

Spend a night in Asan before heading to the Gingko Tree Road in the early morning to get the best photos without people. Make the most out of your trip with a stay at the Onyang Hot Springs Hotel where you get to relax in the hot springs bath and experience Korean sauna right in the hotel before hitting the road.

Places to visit during winter in Korea

When to GoSuggested ActivityWhere to GoAverage Price*
DecemberPyeongchang Trout FestivalPyeongchang via SeoulRM858
DecemberCountdown at Seoul Times SquareSeoulRM858
December to FebruaryWinter Wonderland in EverlandSeoulRM858
December to FebruarySkiingPyeongchang via SeoulRM858

*Prices shown are round trip fares from Kuala Lumpur

From December to February, South Korea gets especially charming when a blanket of white snow covers the streets. Despite the chilly winds, there are plenty of outdoors activities that are only available during these months.

December: Go trout fishing in Pyeongchang

The annual Pyeongchang Trout Festival takes place from late December to early February. The festival features events such as ice fishing, tent fishing and even bare hand fishing for the adventurous. You can even get your catch prepared and cooked right away in the nearby restaurants at just 3000 won (approximately RM12). Visitors can also rent and ride 4-wheel ATVs, go snow rafting, or hop onto the sleight rains if fishing is not your thing.

December – February: Winter Wonderland in Everland

Korea’s answer to Disneyland and Universal Studios come in the form of the massive theme park, Everland. Every winter season sees Everland lit up with thousands of Christmas lights alongside festive decorations and cheery tunes. The Winter Wonderland (November to December) and Snow Festival (January to February) sprinkles even more fun for both children and adults, with seasonal embellishments adorning the premises, along with parades especially tailored for the season.

Learn a new skill during winter in Korea from December to February 

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What is winter in Korea without skiing? With many slopes of varying difficulties, the Alpensia Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in South Korea. Taking the 2-hour KTX train ride from Seoul to Jinbu Station, shuttle buses are available at the train station to bring guests to the resort. This resort was also used as one of the sites for the Alpine Skiing event during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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Celebrate new year & welcome 2020 in Korea

Last but not least, thinking of ushering the New Year in Korea?

Welcome the New Year with a bang at Countdown Seoul Times Square. Taking place at Yeongdeungpo Times Square Mall, A-list performers are invited to this annual event of celebration, music, and drinks to guarantee a night of electrifying party. This countdown is especially not to be missed if you are a fan of the Korean Hip-Hop scene as the bulk of the artistes performing are renowned K-Hiphop acts.

Save yourself some hassle by staying in a hotel near Times Square as grabbing a taxi after the countdown can be really difficult. At RM431 a night for two, Hotel Loft is a comfortable and safe stay, within walking distance from the mall. 

So what are you waiting for? Plan your South Korea trip today. Get great Korea flight deals or download our free mobile app for Android or mobile app for iOS for easy browsing and booking on the go. You can also read our 9D8N Korea itinerary for some inspiration.