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The delights of South Korea

Book your South Korea flights and head to a country where futuristic architecture flows into bountiful green spaces and peaceful, historic temples.

South Korea strikes the perfect balance between age-old customs and the march of modernity. Outside the cities, discover awe-inspiring mountains, forests and lakes.

sunset at the water pavilion in the gyeongbokgung south korea

The capital Seoul is a draw for many visitors. This megacity sitting upon the Han River has a 2,000-year history, transforming itself in more recent times into a business hub and cultural hotspot.

Away from the capital, you’ll find diverse regions, welcoming locals, and the chance to escape into nature.

Time it right and you can experience one of the country’s fascinating events, like the Boryeong Mud Festival or Hampyeong Butterfly Festival. Meanwhile, foodies can feast their way across a range of local delicacies.

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What's the weather like in South Korea?

What's the weather like in South Korea?

These figures are based on Seoul.

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

-4°C

2cm

FEB

-1°C

2cm

MAR

4°C

5cm

APR

12°C

7cm

MAY

17°C

9cm

JUN

22°C

13cm

JUL

25°C

33cm

AUG

26°C

29cm

SEP

21°C

14cm

OCT

15°C

5cm

NOV

8°C

5cm

DEC

1°C

2cm

Late spring, April and May, along with autumn, September and October, are generally the best months to visit South Korea. During these periods the weather is mostly mild, with highs of 25°C in September.

The rainy season runs from July to August, with hot and humid weather.

Temperatures turn wintry from November to March, making these months the best time to visit the nation’s famous ski resorts.

These figures are based on Seoul. For the most accurate information, check the latest weather in your destination before you fly.

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cityscape sunrise in downtown seoul

Seoul (ICN)

Seoul has both traditional charm and the contemporary feel you’d expect from a capital city. Visit the peaks, temples and forest of Bukhansan National Park, breathtaking Gyeongbokgung Palace and the popular Insadong district, brimming with traditional tea rooms and restaurants offering authentic dishes like bibimbap (a rice dish) and bulgogi (BBQ beef).

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haedong yonggungsa temple busan south korea

Busan (PUS)

In South Korea’s second city you’ll find yourself surrounded by towering skyscrapers and mountains. Busan’s sandy beaches and hot springs offer the perfect place to unwind, while as the self-proclaimed seafood capital of South Korea it’s a must for food fans.

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Reasons to visit South Korea

gyeongbokgung palace cherry blossom tree seoul south korea

Visit regal Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is Seoul’s most popular tourist attraction. The colourful changing of the guard ceremonies, which take place throughout the day, always draw a crowd. It is one of five royal Palaces in Seoul – and the largest.

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung is a mass of tiled buildings, museums and ornamental gardens. When the cherry blossom trees bloom in spring, the reflective pools paired with the carpet of petals turn the gardens pink.

fresh fish at jagalchi market south korea

Head to Jagalchi Fish Market

When market day falls, Jagalchi Fish Market comes alive. In downtown Busan, row upon row of fresh eels, crabs and octopi line the shelves, among fish of all shapes and sizes.

Take a seat at one of the many restaurants for an unbelievably fresh dish. For a little extra, you can bring your own fish from one of the stalls and ask for it to be prepared and cooked for you.

Wander the stalls, sample some interesting local delicacies, and soak up the atmosphere.

hwaseong fortress in south korea

Admire Hwaseong Fortress

One of South Korea’s most recognisable landmarks, this ancient fortress in central Suwon is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by King Jeongjo of the Joseon dynasty, the modern city of Suwon has sprung up around it.

Hwaseong Fortress provides a window into the past, showcasing Korean architecture of old and providing an insight into a nation built on the ideals of respect and honour. See the city on foot with the four-mile walk that takes you right the way around the fortress.

Things to know before you fly to South Korea

holiday National holidays

Korean New Year, Seollal, is a three-day celebration usually taking place at the end of January or start of February. People often travel home to enjoy the holiday with their families and many local businesses close for the duration.

currency Local currency

The South Korean currency is won (KRW). Bank notes come in denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,0000. ATMs are widely available and many businesses take card – although if you’re visiting a local market, it’s a good idea to carry cash.

accommodation Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation options in South Korea, including luxury hotels, motels, hostels, Hanok guesthouses and modest family-run minbak.

socket Plugs

In South Korea the standard socket is a two-pin with earth clips either side (type C and F). The standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency 60 Hz.

Flying to South Korea: FAQs

What food is South Korea known for?

Traditional South Korean fare is based primarily on rice, vegetables and fish, often served with kimchi – a side dish of salted and fermented vegetables.

Bulgogi, grilled beef served with garlic and onions, is a popular meat dish to try. Bibimbap is another delicious national dish, a rice bowl topped with vegetables, soy sauce, chillies and a fried egg.

What languages are spoken in South Korea?

Korean (also known as Hangul) is the official language of South Korea. English is also taught in schools, so a lot of locals speak some English.

It’s a good idea to brush up on some key phrases in Korean before travelling. Hello is ‘안녕하세요’, pronounced Annyeonghaseyo.

What are the transportation options in South Korea?

South Korea is a well-connected country with fantastic public transport options. The extensive networks of highways, railways, bus and ferry routes make it easy to travel between cities and tourist landmarks.

In major cities, subway signs and station names are in English and top-up cards are available for use across different transport types.

Why we love South Korea

“South Korea is a wonderful nation, with charming people, delicious food and spectacular natural scenery. Seoul is a must, but away from the capital you’ll find unique traditions and the chance to really connect with nature, with incredible mountains, lakes and beaches waiting to be discovered.”

Why fly to South Korea with Etihad?

When you book your flight to South Korea with Etihad, you’ll have a range of options to shape your journey.

Choose how to check in, add extra baggage and pre-book an airport transfer online.

At your departure airport, lounge access is included for guests travelling in Business and First as part of their plane ticket. Economy guests can often pay to use the lounge facilities.

All seats recline and have adjustable headrests. Economy guests can select from upgrade options for more space or a little extra legroom.

Sit back and enjoy our inflight entertainment system. Movies, TV shows, music and more are at your fingertips, so you can enjoy every moment of your flight.

Every guest can select a complimentary meal from our menus, created using fresh, seasonal ingredients and inspired by your destination.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

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