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

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

When to go to Seoul, South Korea

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

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

January

January in this region is very cold and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains once in a while and snows 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof coat
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear

February

If you are traveling to Seoul in February, you will notice that it is pretty cool and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain sometimes and snow once in a while.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy socks

March

If you vacation in Seoul during March, you are likely to find that it is brisk and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you vacation in Seoul during April, you are likely to find that it is crisp, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in this region is balmy, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

June

If you vacation in Seoul during June, you are likely to find that it is warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Skirts

July

In July, Seoul is extremely warm and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Seoul, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear

August

In August, Seoul is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) and occasionally jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Seoul, with several of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses

September

In September, Seoul is warm 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 Seoul, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear

October

October in Seoul is cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about a third of the time. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

In November, Seoul is pretty cool and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Seoul, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

In December, Seoul is pretty cool and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Seoul, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Warm pants or jeans

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Seoul, 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 Seoul
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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