Pyeongchang, South Korea: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Pyeongchang, South Korea? If you're planning to go to Pyeongchang, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Pyeongchang, South Korea

Based on the climate and weather in Pyeongchang, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Pyeongchang, South Korea by month

January

If you are traveling to Pyeongchang in January, you will notice that it is frigid and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain regularly and snow 5-10 days this month.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleeces
  • Scarf
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Very heavy socks
  • Insulated boots
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Gloves

February

If you are traveling to Pyeongchang in February, you will notice that it is frigid and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time and snow regularly.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • Scarf
  • Sweaters
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Umbrella
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Insulated boots
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleeces
  • Gloves

March

Traveling to Pyeongchang in March, you will notice that it is brisk, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow once in a while.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Cold weather footwear
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof boots

April

Traveling to Pyeongchang in April, you will notice that it is brisk, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear

May

If you visit Pyeongchang during May, you are likely to find that it is cool, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally around 50 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

June

If you go to Pyeongchang in June, you will notice that it is balmy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts

July

If you vacation in Pyeongchang during July, you are likely to find that it is mild and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally around 70 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Dresses

August

August in Pyeongchang is balmy and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses

September

September in Pyeongchang is cool and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about two thirds of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage

October

In October, Pyeongchang is chilly and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 50s F (low 10s C) and about a third of the time jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Pyeongchang, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens

November

November here is cold and very rainy. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy socks

December

December in Pyeongchang is very cold and somewhat rainy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Gloves
  • Waterproof boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Insulated boots
  • Very heavy socks
  • Scarf
  • Thermal undergarments
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Pyeongchang, South Korea

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Pyeongchang, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types F
  • A SIM card that works in Pyeongchang
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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