South Korea in February: Weather, Lunar New Year & More

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Discover the quieter side of South Korea in February, while exploring the country’s culture, cuisine, and snow-covered countryside. Be a part of the exhilarating Lunar New Year celebrations; discover Seoul’s most happening neighborhoods, such as Gangnam and Itaewon; and seek serenity amidst snow-capped mountains in Gangwon province. While the weather in South Korea in February can be cold and snowy, it is still a great time to visit if you wish to avoid the high-season tourist crowds and enjoy an affordable holiday experience.

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Baekyangsa temple and Naejangsan mountain in winter with snow.
The weather in South Korea in February is frigid, with winter still in full swing.

South Korea’s weather in February is chilly, with winter still in full swing. The weather in South Korea in February features temperatures ranging from -2°C to 5°C, although it can vary depending on the region. The northern areas, such as Seoul and Incheon, experience colder temperatures, averaging between -6°C and 3°C. In the southern areas, like Busan and Jeju Island, the conditions are comparatively milder, with temperatures hovering between 0°C and 9°C.

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

Weather in South Korea in February - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)149
Avg Nightly (°C)-9-7-2
Avg Daily (°F)344049
Avg Nightly (°F)162029
Avg Rainfall (mm)232547


A tourist snowboarding during dusk in South Korea.
Discover the ultimate snowboarding adventure in South Korea on breathtaking slopes during winter.
Deogyusan mountains covered by snow and morning fog in winter, South Korea.
Escape to a breathtaking winter wonderland in South Korea during February where mountains, towns and countryside merge in spectacular beauty.

If you are willing to withstand the cold weather, there are several compelling reasons to visit South Korea in February. Here are some of the reasons why taking a trip to South Korea during February can be a good idea:

  • Winter wonderland: In February, South Korea’s towns, mountains, and countryside transform into a stunning winter paradise. Beautiful snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, and attractive snow-covered villages create a one-of-a-kind and spectacular backdrop for exploration, photography, and outdoor activities.
  • Snow sports: As the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, there is no shortage of ski resorts and snow sports facilities in South Korea. If you are visiting South Korea in February, you are in luck. Head to Gangwon province where you will find many world-class ski resorts, including Yongpyong and Alpensia.
  • Low crowd and cost: Not many foreign travelers visit Korea during the winter season. So, February might be an ideal time for you to visit the country to avoid the high tourist crowds of spring and summer. Fewer number of visitors also means great deals on hotels and flights.
  • Lunar New Year festivities: One of the main highlights of February in South Korea is the celebration of Seollal, the Lunar New Year. It is one of the two main holidays, featuring family gatherings, food, and festivities that last for three days.


Visiting  National Folk Museum of Korea is a must thing to do in South Kore
Located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum of Korea is a national museum in South Korea that features three exhibition halls with 98,000 artifacts.

The weather in South Korea in February offers an exciting array of things to do and places to visit that showcase the country's unique charm. Take advantage of Korea's excellent ski resorts, such as Yongpyong and Alpensia, which offer fantastic slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Enjoy the thrill of gliding through the powdery snow and experience world-class winter sports facilities.

Start your trip in Seoul, the vibrant capital city, explore the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit the traditional Bukchon Hanok Village, and indulge in shopping and street food adventures at lively markets like Namdaemun and Myeongdong. Don’t miss the chance to witness the stunning views of the city from N Seoul Tower, especially during sunset when the city lights come alive.

For a cultural experience, head to Jeonju, a city known for its well-preserved traditional Hanok buildings. Stroll through the charming Hanok Village, try on hanbok (traditional Korean attire), and savor the renowned local cuisine, including bibimbap and Jeonju-style kongnamul gukbap (bean sprout soup with rice).

If you are a nature lover, you should not miss the chance to visit the eastern province of Gangwon in February. Visit the Seoraksan National Park, where snow-covered peaks and frozen waterfalls create a breathtaking spectacle. Hike through the trails, admire the pristine landscapes, and capture stunning photographs.

Take a trip to Busan, as February provides a more serene atmosphere for you to enjoy a stroll along Haeundae Beach, with fewer visitors and peaceful waves crashing against the shores. Visit the colorful Gamcheon Culture Village, where the vibrant hues of the painted houses contrast beautifully with snowy surroundings. Warm up with steaming bowls of hot fish stew from the Jagalchi Fish Market, savoring the flavors of Busan’s renowned seafood cuisine. They taste better on cold winter days.

Head to Jeju Island to explore attractions like Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, Manjanggul Cave, and Jeongbang Waterfall without the usual crowds.

South Korea in February can be an enchanting destination for those looking for a winter adventure. From the ski resorts in Gangwon province to the busy streets of Seoul to the tranquil landscapes of Jeju Island, this time of year offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking winter vistas and explore cultural treasures without feeling overwhelmed by high tourist crowds.

Reach out to our travel experts in South Korea who can help you design a customized trip to South Korea in February, or have a look at some of our South Korea tours in February for inspiration.

Published by Astha Joshi, updated on August 2, 2023

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