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October brings a blend of autumnal beauty and cultural vibrancy in South Korea. The fall foliage transforms the landscapes into a breathtaking canvas of red, orange, and gold hues, creating a scenic backdrop for outdoor activities. Hike the scenic trails of Seoraksan National Park, explore the beautiful Jeju Island, or wander through the historic palaces of Seoul. October also brings cultural celebrations such as Chuseok, the Korean harvest festival, offering a unique opportunity to experience traditional customs and indulge in festive culinary delights. A trip to South Korea in October offers a perfect mix of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and outdoor exploration.

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South Korea Weather in October

Aerial view of Gwangalli beach in Busan, South Korea.
Embrace the coastal charm of Busan in October, where the crisp autumn air and vibrant surroundings create the perfect backdrop for a delightful array of seaside activities.

The average temperature in South Korea in October ranges from 10°C (50°F) to 20°C (68°F), creating a mild and comfortable atmosphere. As the month falls in the middle of the autumn season, expect pleasant weather conditions all around as well as stunning autumn scenery.

If you are planning a trip to Busan, expect the temperatures around 15°C (59°F) to 23°C (73°F), providing an ideal setting for seaside activities. While October is generally dry, it's advisable to pack layers for cooler evenings.

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

Weather in South Korea in October - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)241810
Avg Nightly (°C)147-1
Avg Daily (°F)766550
Avg Nightly (°F)584531
Avg Rainfall (mm)1695053

Why Visit South Korea in October

Beautiful landscape of Hallasan on dusk in South Korea in October.
Escape the summer rush and discover the tranquility of Hallasan Mountain in October, where serenity meets iconic landscapes.
A hiker in suspension bridge over the river in Seoraksan National Park.
Experience the magic of October with a captivating hike in Seoraksan National Park, where vibrant colors and scenic beauty unfold with every step.

Here are a few of the many reasons why you should plan a trip to South Korea in October:

  • Chuseok Harvest Festival: Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of South Korea during Chuseok, the harvest festival celebrated in October. Witness traditional rituals, lively parades, and festive markets, providing a unique insight into the country's heritage.
  • Hike through the fall foliage: Experience the thrill of hiking amidst stunning fall foliage in Seoraksan National Park. October transforms this natural wonder into a kaleidoscope of colors, creating a picturesque backdrop for the hiking trails. Enjoy crisp air, panoramic views, and the unique beauty of autumn in the Korean wilderness.
  • Serene island retreat: Escape to Jeju Island, which enjoys a peaceful atmosphere and pleasant temperatures in October. Explore volcanic landscapes, coastal wonders, and the iconic Hallasan Mountain without the summer crowds.
  • Gyeongju’s October Festival:  Experience the allure of Gyeongju, the "museum without walls," during its autumn festivals. Dive into the historical charm with traditional performances, lantern-lit processions, and cultural events highlighting the city's rich heritage. Immerse yourself in age-old dances, wander ancient streets aglow with lanterns, and engage in diverse cultural activities for a unique glimpse into Gyeongju's captivating past.

Where to Go and What to Do

Duryu Park on Seongdangmot pond as seen on South Korea tour.
Daegu is a dynamic city, blending modernity with tradition, renowned for vibrant markets, cultural festivals, and a burgeoning arts scene.

For a nature-infused musical escape, venture to Nami Island, surrounded by the Han River. Throughout October, the island hosts free live concerts in various genres, allowing you to relish the melodies, bask in the autumn sunshine, and soak in positive vibes. Pack a picnic, unwind, and let the music harmonize with the enchanting fall scenery.

If you crave exploration beyond Seoul, take a trip to Gyeongju, one of South Korea’s historic gems. Wander through ancient streets adorned with vibrant autumn foliage, explore iconic sites like Bulguksa Temple, and delve into the city's rich heritage. The weather in South Korea in October makes it an ideal time to uncover the cultural treasures and archaeological wonders that define Gyeongju.

For contemporary art amidst natural splendor, visit the Korea Botanic Garden in Pyeongchang. In October, this botanical haven merges artistic expression with the beauty of fall. Explore the exhibits, meander through scenic gardens, and appreciate the fusion of culture and nature in this picturesque setting.

South Korea in October beckons travelers with a harmonious blend of autumn beauty, pleasant weather conditions and cultural festivals. Whether you're drawn to the captivating performances in Gyeongju, the tranquil beauty of Jeju Island, or the historical richness of Seoul, October promises a diverse tapestry of experiences.

For personalized travel planning, contact our experts, who can craft a customized trip to South Korean adventure.

Published by Astha Joshi, updated on February 18, 2024

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