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March in South Korea marks the transition from winter to spring, offering an ideal blend of pleasant weather, picturesque landscapes, and reasonable costs. This is the perfect time to revel in the beauty of cherry blossoms adorning the streets of Seoul, traverse the scenic countryside trails of Jeju Island, or check out the historic sites of Gyeongju. With fewer crowds and moderate temperatures, a trip to South Korea in March offers a prime window to experience the essence before the summer rush ensues.

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South Korea Weather in March

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple on a clear day in Busan of South Korea in Novembe
Discover a milder climate in March as you explore Busan, offering a welcome contrast to the cooler temperatures found in cities like Seoul.

The weather in South Korea in March is pleasant across the board. Cold winter conditions are replaced by milder temperatures, and there are early signs of spring. As the month progresses, the iconic cherry blossoms paint the country in hues of pink and white.

The average daytime high in Seoul reaches 13°C (55°F), while the nights are cool at around 3°C (37°F). Despite the increasing warmth, precipitation levels are still low, with the capital city receiving around 50 millimeters of rainfall over eight days during the month.

The southern regions like Busan and Jeju Island experience a milder climate, with daytime temperatures hovering at around 16°C (61°F). Inland cities like Daegu and Daejeon also warm up, with the average high of 14°C (57°F) and the low of 4°C (39°F).

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

Weather in South Korea in March - Rainfall and Temperatures

FebMarApr
Avg Daily (°C)4917
Avg Nightly (°C)-7-25
Avg Daily (°F)404963
Avg Nightly (°F)202941
Avg Rainfall (mm)254794

Why Visit South Korea in March

Gyeongbokgung palace with cherry blossom tree on dusk in South Korea.
Embark on a mesmerizing journey through South Korea's cherry blossom season in March, where nature's paintbrush transforms the landscape into a breathtaking masterpiece.
Two tourist hikers in mountain forests of South Korea on a clear day.
March invites outdoor lovers to South Korea's scenic trails, promising thrilling adventures amidst nature's beauty.

March in South Korea provides the perfect window to explore the country’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty amidst favorable conditions. Here are a few reasons to plan your trip to South Korea in March:

  • Festivals and events: South Korea hosts various cultural festivals and events in March, including the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, where you can witness dazzling floral displays, traditional performances, and colorful parades celebrating the arrival of spring. The Seoul International Marathon and Jeju Fire Festival are also held this month, each offering unique opportunities to engage with locals and learn more about their culture.
  • Blossoming landscapes: March transforms South Korea into a picturesque wonderland with cherry blossoms adorning parks, streets, and countryside. The first bloom starts in Jeju Island before traveling to other parts of the country including Seoul as the month progresses. Witness the stunning spectacle as the landscapes transform into shades of pink and white, a serene and romantic setting for a leisurely stroll or a picnic at the park.
  • Outdoor activities: As March unfolds in South Korea, warmer weather beckons visitors outdoors. Hiking trails in stunning locales like Seoraksan National Park lure visitors with rugged peaks and cascading waterfalls. Rising temperatures revive outdoor markets and street food stalls, offering vibrant colors and enticing aromas. Dive into the dynamic street culture, sampling iconic treats like tteokbokki (simmered rice cake) and pajeon (savory pancake made with scallions) while engaging with friendly vendors.
  • Fewer crowds and lower rates: South Korea in March provides the benefit of off-season rates on accommodations, transportation, and attractions, allowing for a budget-friendly trip while still experiencing the best of what the country has to offer. Explore popular attractions without the hustle and bustle of peak season crowds.

Where to Go and What to Do

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Looking for an adventure? Head to the stunning Seoraksan National Park, boasting majestic peaks and cascading waterfalls. The weather in South Korea in March is perfect for hiking amidst cherry blossoms and budding foliage.

For a taste of culture and history, explore Gyeongju, known as the ‘Museum Without Walls’ for its wealth of ancient ruins and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Marvel at centuries-old temples, royal tombs, and traditional architecture. Indulge in South Korea's culinary delights at the bustling Gwangjang Market in Seoul. Sample authentic street foods like bindaetteok (mung bean pancake) and bibimbap (mixed rice with meat and vegetables), while soaking in the lively atmosphere and vibrant energy of this iconic food market.

Experience the charm of traditional Korean villages like Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul or Andong Hahoe Folk Village. Wander through narrow alleys lined with traditional hanok houses, immerse yourself in cultural workshops, and gain insight into rich Korean heritage.

Unwind at one of South Korea's rejuvenating jimjilbangs (traditional Korean bathhouses), offering a relaxing retreat from the bustle of city life. Soak in healing mineral waters, indulge in therapeutic spa treatments, and embrace the Korean wellness culture for a truly invigorating experience.

Need help planning a trip to South Korea in March

With the onset of spring, South Korea bursts into life, offering travelers a kaleidoscope of experiences amidst blossoming landscapes and mild temperatures. From scenic hikes in Seoraksan National Park to cultural immersions in Gyeongju and culinary adventures at bustling markets, South Korea in March promises unforgettable memories.

If you are looking for a more personal travel experience, our travel experts will help you with a customized trip to South Korea. For ideas on what to do on a journey to South Korea, check out our guide on the things to do in South Korea.

Published by Astha Joshi, updated on March 29, 2024

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