Name the major cities in Asia and certainly you will end up including Seoul in your list. South Korea’s miraculous rise as a leading world economy has earned the country and its capital city worldwide attention. Tourists and vacationers from around the globe spend their holidays in this modern yet cultural country. Weather in Seoul is very inviting, and is one of the reasons why tourists and vacationers come here. Seoul and the rest of the country undergo four distinct seasons; the hot humid summers represent tropical Asian weather, while the dry cold winters are like the winter months in America and other Western countries. South Korea has both lush tropical plains and snow-covered mountains.
Seoul climate is both continental for its over-all temperature and monsoonal for its seasonal rains and typhoons. The Korean Peninsula has four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Korean winter can get very chilly due to the cold Siberian air. Temperatures could drop from 0°C to -9°C in January, which is why these are not the best months to visit Korea unless tourists come specifically for skiing tours and skiing events. From December to the middle of March, people enjoy skiing in northern and eastern Korea due to heavy snow.
Spring creeps in March and fully blooms until May. To many, these are the best months to visit Seoul. It is warm and comfortable, with many flowers abloom. Beautiful cherry blossoms cover the mountains for an extremely picturesque sight. Traditional Korean paintings depict the cherry blossoms on mountaintops.
Summer heats up the days from June to early September. This is when Seoul is humid and very hot (as high as 40°C); muggy, hot and icky. Ironically, the months from June to September are also the wettest months in Seoul and all of Korea. The country experiences at least one typhoon per year, and it always falls on these months. Summer is definitely the worst time to visit Seoul.
Meanwhile, fall is the best time to visit Seoul. Weather is pleasant, neither too cold nor hot and humid. Autumn takes place from September to November. These are when Korean flora comes in bright orange, rust, red, and gold. There is low humidity and a bearable and pleasant chill in the air. This is also the best time to hike Seoul’s four popular mountains, namely Bukhansan, Gwanaksan, Samseongsan, and Inwangsan (found in Central Seoul). Easily, the most popular is Bukhansan for its stunning trails. However, the trails could get very crowded during autumn months and the holiday seasons.
Other popular tourist attractions in the capital city are its palaces (e.g., Gyeongbok-gung Palace, Deoksu-gung Palace, and Changdeok-gung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site), parks (e.g., Boramae Park, Yongsan Park and Olympic Park; the summer games were held here in 1988), and tourism facilities (e.g, Namdaemun and the Namdaemun Market, COEX Mall, Bukchon Village , the World Comic Convention, Korean Folk Village and Namsan Tower), as well as a number of temples and shrines.
South Korea today is known to enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing economies; it is now the 14th largest economy in the world. The country was barely affected by the recent global financial crisis. Its leading industries include automobile, petrochemical and electronics, among others. The most beautiful thing about South Korea is that as it continues to develop as a global superpower, it does not put behind its rich culture and traditions. Tourists continue to pour in, enjoying both the sites and weather in Seoul.