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The delights of South Korea

South Korea is a nation that strikes the perfect balance between age-old customs and the march of modernity.

Book your South Korea flights and head to a country where futuristic architecture flows into bountiful green spaces and peaceful, historic temples. Outside the cities, you’ll discover mountains, forests and lakes that are all ripe for exploring.

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?

Average TemperatureAverage Rainfall

Jan

-4°C

2cm

Feb

-2°C

3cm

Mar

4°C

5cm

Apr

11°C

6cm

May

17°C

10cm

Jun

21°C

13cm

Jul

24°C

39cm

Aug

24°C

36cm

Sep

19°C

17cm

Oct

13°C

5cm

Nov

5°C

5cm

Dec

-2°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 April, 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

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

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.

cheonggyecheon stream sunset seoul south korea

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

meals Food

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

cards Local currency

The South Korean currency is won (KRW). Bank notes come in denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,0000.

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

Is South Korea a safe place to visit?

South Korea is a safe place to travel. However, you should exercise the usual levels of common sense and caution when it comes to keeping yourself and your belongings safe.

Since 1953, South Korea and North Korea have been divided by a demilitarised zone (DMZ). If you choose to visit the DMZ, follow local advice.

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 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 on 26/09/2019.

The best of South Korea

The five best day trips from Seoul

Pack in more on your visit to South Korea with day trips from the capital. Head to a national park for a hike, experience an art gallery within a quarry or visit an island light festival.

A day in the life: Korea’s Haenyeo divers

Gain a fascinating insight into the haenyeo ‘sea woman’ free divers who descend to the depths to gather abalone, seaweed, sea urchin and sea cucumber.

South Korea ups its ski game

Gaining ground in the growing trend for experiential ski trips, South Korea is an up and coming winter sport destination. Keen skier Richard Rice explains why skiers are choosing South Korea for its slopes and a taste of traditional culture.

The world’s most innovative urban gardens

Seoul’s Skygarden makes use of a reclaimed elevated highway and embraces futuristic engineering to create a contemporary take on a public park.

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