Busan is located in the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula at a mid-latitude temperature zone, hence experiencing seasonal winds. The city has four seasons – spring, summer, winter and fall. Because of its changing weather, tourists planning to travel to Busan should know the general weather condition and plan the activities they want to do.
In general, the weather in Busan is pleasant and warm almost all throughout the year; therefore, one can visit this metropolitan city anytime. Busan climate is generally humid subtropical although it also experiences an oceanic climate because of its location being near the coastline. It offers mild weather conditions the entire year with an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius and an average rainfall of 239.7 cm per year.
However, to know the best time to visit Busan, it is important to learn its four distinct seasons and after that, one can decide the right time for going to Busan. Spring starts from early March until late June and is a fair season, characterized by mild temperatures and blossoming of beautiful flowers including azalea, lilacs, magnolia and forsythia.
Perhaps one of the best months to visit Busan is April due to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Summer follows in late June and ends in early September. This season is characterized by hot and humid weather in Busan and is susceptible to monsoon winds during June to July. This is not a pleasant time to visit Busan with highest average temperature of about 32 degrees Celsius during end of July to mid-August.
However, many people flock to Busan for the pristine white sand beaches in Gwangan, Haeundae and Songjeong. Undoubtedly, the best months to visit Busan are from early September through late November where the weather is cool, temperate and nice. Autumn in Busan is an excellent time to travel around the city because of clear skies, pleasant temperature and sunny weather. From day until night, the weather is pleasant and brings a remarkable sight of red autumn leaves and golden mountains that are hard to take a glimpse of in other seasons.
After autumn, the air in Busan tends to get chilly and cold as winter season approaches. Winter begins from December and ends in March; it is dry and one can enjoy minimal snowfall and watch different types of migratory birds. However, if you plan to do ice skiing and other winter sports, this is the most recommended time to travel. Compared to other regions in Korea, Busan and its adjacent area have the least snowfall, primarily because of its location. On an average, snow falls only around 6 days per year. A minimal accumulation of snow may shut down seaports due to the hilly terrain and motorist’s unfamiliarity in driving on snow.
In general, the weather in Busan is nice, temperate, comfortable, and extreme lows and highs in temperature rarely happen. May to July, Early Summer and Late Spring tend to be much cooler compared to what you get in the inland region due to the ocean effect while August to September or Late Summer and Early Autumn can be hot and humid. Practice caution when traveling from late June to August or in summer months as typhoons and heavy monsoons occur during this period.