South Korea’s premier honeymoon destination is the beautiful island of Jeju. Jeju Island or Jeju-do (also spelled Cheju-do) is located off the southernmost coast of Korea in the Korean Strait. It is an island blessed with amazing natural wonders, man-made attractions, and perfect climate. The island goes through the same four seasons that the rest of the country experiences but weather in Jeju-do is less extreme than in the rest of the peninsula.
The Korean Peninsula gets drenched with plenty of rain during the wet monsoon in the middle of the year, freezes over in winter from November to March, and heats up as any other tropical Asian country in summer. The summer months are sticky and hot, signaling the arrival of the monsoon season. The other months are the best months to visit South Korea, especially in autumn (September to November) when Korea bathes in warm, sunny weather and cobalt-blue skies. The months of April and May in spring are picturesque with cherry blossoms in full bloom. Winter is biting, but it’s perfect for skiers and those longing for a vacation on ice.
Jeju-do climate is much friendlier whole year round. Winter here is not as harsh that in fact palm trees, orange orchards and pineapple plants continue to thrive. Also, cabbage still grows and so the locals don’t need to prepare kimchi for the winter. Winter is short and mild, and it snows only on the northern part of the island.
As it is true in the rest of the country, the best time to visit Jeju-do is in autumn when the over-all feel is cozy and comfortable. Autumn days allow tourists to visit the many tourist spots without feeling too hot or too cold. However, the best months to visit Jeju-do are not just autumn months but from January to December. Simply put, every day of the year is perfect for visiting this amazing South Korean island. Summer is beach season when the waters of Iho Beach are inviting and not too cold for swimming; spring is warm and all the colorful flowers are abloom; autumn is warm and dry as it is cold and pleasant; and winter is never too cold.
Weather in Jeju-do, however, still has its downsides. The island is the rainiest place in the country, and it is also very windy. The rains are pretty spread over, however, and the strong gusts are usually brief. It never floods in Jeju-do because the entire island is made from porous volcanic rock. It is basically one giant sponge. Other than the rains and occasional strong winds, hiking in winter is very dangerous since it gets dark very quickly. Buses terminate early and so there is a good chance for hikers to be left behind, and that could mean serious trouble.
Overall, weather in Jeju-do perfectly complements the natural beauty and allure of the island, making it the most popular honeymoon getaway in the Korean Peninsula. The island is the warmest and wettest place in the country, as it is one of the most frequently visited tourist destinations in Korea.