South Korea weather & when to go: January

January overview

Whilst January is one of the coldest months of the year in South Korea it is still possible to visit at this time and the crisp blue skies provide favourable photo opportunities. Simply come prepared for freezing temperatures and the occasional snow shower.

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Not Advised

Annual overview

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January's weather in detail

The mountainous National Parks such as Seoraksan and Songnisan will feel especially cold in January, but you can expect icy temperatures and a blanket of snow across most of South Korea during this month.

Such weather conditions make January an excellent time of year for ski-ing, snowboarding and other winter sports in the northern provinces of Gangwon-do and Gyeonggi-do. Incidentally Gangwon-do has the highest average annual snowfall in the country: no surprise that the best ski resorts of Pyeongchang are found here.   

Average daily temperatures in the capital of Seoul will range from -7°C to 3°C whereas the southern coast is milder, with Jeju Island expecting a minimum of 5°C and a maximum of 11°C.

Thankfully there is very little rain during these months so those crisp, white views are always on offer.

Our recommended journeys

Besides close geographical proximity South Korea and Japan share many similarities and make natural holiday partners. Both are countries rich in ancient history, where deep-rooted traditions are balanced by contemporary culture and technological sophistication. Natural wonders and scenic beauty can be found throughout the two, as can a distinctive cuisine and friendly people. This ten day itinerary offers a teasing taster of both destinations.

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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies

 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

South Korea's most popular winter festival that revolves around snow, ice and salmon.

 Taebaeksan Snow Festival

Taebaeksan Snow Festival celebrates all things winter: expect immense ice sculptures, sledding and winter fun.

 Seollal (Lunar New Year)

This three day national holiday celebrates the lunar new year. 12th February 2021

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