Pyongyang, North Korea: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Pyongyang, North Korea

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

What to wear/what to pack for Pyongyang, North Korea by month

January

If you go to Pyongyang in January, you will notice that it can be extremely cold. Expect it to 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:

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

February

February in Pyongyang can be extremely cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C).

It snows occasionally. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March here can be brisk. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

In April, Pyongyang can be chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Pyongyang, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 50%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

In May, Pyongyang is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Pyongyang, with several of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 50%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

In June, Pyongyang is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Pyongyang, with several of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you vacation in Pyongyang during July, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 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
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants

August

August in Pyongyang is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

September

September in Pyongyang is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 60s F (high 10s C) to 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October here can be chilly. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Pyongyang is cold and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain 5-10 days this month. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

Traveling to Pyongyang in December, you will notice that it is frigid. Expect it to rain occasionally and snow regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Pyongyang, North Korea

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C
  • A SIM card that works in Pyongyang
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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