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August bids farewell to the peak of summer in South Korea yet retains its warm weather ideal for exploration. Expect a mix of warm temperatures and occasional showers, which create a lush landscape ripe for outdoor activities. From the bustling streets of Seoul to the serene beauty of Jeju Island, there is no shortage of destinations to explore. Dive into the heart of Korean traditions at lively festivals like the Boryeong Mud Festival or catch the stunning sights of the Hangang Summer Festival. Whether you're seeking bustling city life or serene natural beauty, a trip to South Korea in August promises an unforgettable experience.

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South Korea Weather in August

People riding boats during a summer evening in South Korea in August.

The weather in South Korea in August is characterized by lingering summer heat and humidity. While it is still hot in most parts of the country, some areas in the south and east get occasional rain showers for relief.

In Seoul and inland areas, daily highs typically surpass 30°C (86°F), while coastal locales benefit from slightly cooler temperatures due to ocean breezes. Along the east coast in cities like Gangneung and Sokcho, expect temperatures around 28°C (82°F), offering temperate conditions for outdoor activities. Jeju Island maintains a balmy atmosphere with the temperature hovering around 29°C (84°F), which is complemented by intermittent showers that enrich the island's lush scenery.

For a more seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit South Korea.

Why Visit South Korea in August

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Dive into the pure bliss on South Korea's pristine beaches where sun-kissed sands and crystal-clear waters make a perfect summer escape.
Gyeongbokgung Palace on a clear day during August in South Korea.
Escape the crowds this August in South Korea and seize the opportunity to visit the renowned landmark Gyeongbokgung Palace, immersing yourself in its rich history and grandeur.

As August progresses, tourist crowds begin to fizzle out in South Korea. This allows you to explore the country at your own pace while basking in the late summer heat. Here are some compelling reasons to plan your trip to South Korea in August:

  • Festivals: August in South Korea is synonymous with lively festivals that celebrate the nation's rich cultural heritage. Dive into the exhilarating atmosphere of events like the Boryeong Mud Festival, where you can partake in thrilling mud-related activities and vibrant performances. Similarly, the Hangang Summer Festival offers a delightful array of outdoor concerts, water sports, and fireworks displays along the scenic Hangang River, providing endless entertainment for visitors of all ages.
  • Outdoor adventures: August presents an ideal opportunity to explore South Korea's breathtaking natural landscapes. Whether hiking through the rugged terrain of Seoraksan National Park or basking in the tranquil beauty of Jeju Island's pristine beaches, the country offers diverse outdoor activities to suit every traveler's preference. From mountain trails to coastal walks, August provides favorable weather conditions for exploring South Korea's awe-inspiring scenery.
  • Fewer crowds: As the summer holiday season winds down, August offers the perfect opportunity to explore South Korea’s top attractions with fewer crowds. Whether exploring historic landmarks like Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul or wandering through the bustling streets of Insadong, you'll find that popular tourist destinations are more accessible and less crowded in August. Take advantage of this quieter travel season to immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with friendly locals, and discover hidden gems off the beaten path.
  • Escape to tranquil beaches: Beat the summer heat by escaping to South Korea's picturesque beaches, where you can relax and unwind amidst stunning coastal scenery. Whether you prefer the lively shores of Haeundae Beach in Busan or the tranquil sands of Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung, August offers the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun and enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the East Sea.

Where to Go and What to Do

Bukchon Hanok Village during sunrise in South Korea.
Embark on a cultural journey at Bukchon Hanok Village, wandering its charming alleyways flanked by traditional Korean houses and savoring authentic delights such as bibimbap and hanjeongsik

The weather in South Korea in August is perfect for exploring the dynamic landscapes and cultural treasures where every corner unveils a new adventure. Start your trip in Seoul, where the vibrant streets of Myeongdong and Insadong beckon with their eclectic mix of shops, eateries, and traditional hanok houses. Dive into the city’s rich history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, or escape the urban hustle at Bukhansan National Park, offering serene hiking trails amidst lush greenery.

For a coastal escape, take a trip to Busan and soak up the sun at Haeundae Beach, or explore the scenic beauty of Taejongdae Park's cliffs and sea views. Take the chance to indulge in fresh seafood delights at Jagalchi Fish Market, a bustling hub of culinary delights.

Enjoy cultural experiences at Jeonju Hanok Village, where you can stroll through picturesque alleyways lined with traditional Korean houses and sample authentic cuisine like bibimbap and hanjeongsik (Korean table d'hôte). August also brings the Jeonju International Film Festival, showcasing a diverse selection of films from around the world.

For a taste of traditional Korean spirituality, visit the ancient temples of Haeinsa or Bulguk-sa, nestled amidst serene mountain landscapes. August offers the opportunity to witness colorful temple festivals and participate in meditation retreats, providing a tranquil escape from the bustle of modern life.

No visit to South Korea in August would be complete without exploring the natural wonders of Jeju Island. From hiking majestic Hallasan Mountain to marveling at the dramatic cliffs of Jusangjeolli and exploring the lava tubes of Manjanggul Cave, Jeju offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and awe-inspiring scenery.

Need help planning a trip to South Korea in August?

Whether you're seeking urban excitement, coastal relaxation, cultural immersion, or natural beauty, South Korea in August promises an unforgettable journey filled with exploration, discovery, and endless delights.

If you are looking for a more personalized travel experience, contact our local experts for a customized trip to South Korea. For ideas on what you can do on a journey to South Korea in August, check out our guide on the things to do in South Korea. Our article on how many days to spend in South Korea can also come in handy

Published by Astha Joshi, updated on April 10, 2024
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