Korea travel in December: Weather info & Best place to Go

korea winter in december

Come to visit Korea in December with us for exciting mountain sceneries and festively bright city lights.

Feel the Korean December Magics from,

  • Snowy mountain tops,
  • Lively city markets,
  • Seoraksan’s natural beauty,
  • Suwon fortress’s history,
  • Everland excitement,
  • Namsan tower’s panorama and Jagalchi market vibrant seafood tastes in Busan.

In December, Korea is very cold and sometimes snows, mostly in the mountainous regions of the country.

The temperature levels are somewhere between -5°C to 5°C .The cold ambient weather helps Koreans to enjoy the ski fields, snowboarding areas, and the twinkling Christmas markets and trees with their decorations.

The weather is cold, but the view is enchanting.

Best Places to Go

Discover Korea’s December delights. Marvel at the natural beauty of Seoraksan, learn about the past at Hwaseong Fortress, enjoy the thrill rides at Everland, view the Seoul skyline from Namsan Tower, and try the fresh seafood at Jagalchi Market.

Seoraksan National Park

In the wintertime in the national park creates a wonderland. Although the cold is something to be careful about. The mean temperature during December is about -1°C, with a lowing value of -10°C.

Snow will likely cover many of the trails, but the winter landscape of those still open is astounding. Besides, you could take a ride on the cable car on the top of Gwongeumseong Fortress or walk along the beautiful Geumcheonggyo Bridge.

Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon

The weather in December is not too approving for Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon. It can be cold, and there might be snow.

Imagine the walls covered in snow while tourists feel there are extremely few. You will still experience the majesty of the walls and historical buildings, only covered with snow.

Dress warm and explore the beauty of Hwaseong Fortress in December.

Everland Theme Park

Visit the winter wonderland of Everland Theme Park in December.

Although some parts of Korea might be very cold. As twinkling lighting, Christmas parades, and musical performances all come together and conjure a winter dreamscape for you.

Naturally, all the enjoyable rides and meal stalls are open, so you may have the best of both worlds as you embark on your thrilling cheer trip.

You must also experience the Snow Buster, Korea’s most famous snow sled hill.

Namsan Seoul Tower

Namsan Seoul Tower is a place to enjoy romantic and wonderland vibes.

The lights that sparkle around the tower on top of the mountain make the scene beautiful. The view of the authentically beautiful city and the relaxing atmosphere can partly be due to Christmas decorations. 

Furthermore, the cafe next to the tower gives a relaxing vibe with hot foods and drinks. If you are lucky, the park below the mountain must have events to celebrate along with snow to enjoy the winter with. 

Namsan Seoul Tower in December sounds splendid with a fun and romantic mood.

Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan

Even though it is December, and the beach season is not on in Busan, Jagalchi Fish Market is an alternative thought.

Energetic and gloves seafood enthusiasts’ paradise. When you picture golden fish and steaming, hearty Korean stews, they must have come anyway to visit Jagalchi.

There, you will experience screaming salesmen and women and low temperatures, a stimulating and tasty combination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it good to visit Jeju in December?

December is a good time to visit Jeju. The weather is usually cold and breezy, with temperatures ranging from 46—51°F (8—11°C). There are plenty of events to check out and activities to try in Jeju during this time.

Is Korea very cold in December?

Korea in December is very cold. It gets progressively colder over the course of the month, and by the end, it can feel bitterly cold, with average temperatures ranging from -3°C | 26.2°F to 4°C | 40°F.

Where is the warmest place in Korea in December?

Temperatures in Seoul range from lows of 0°C to occasional highs of just 11°C. On the southern coast things remain more welcoming, with temperatures in the seaside city of Busan and on Jeju Island ranging from 10-16°C.

Which part of Korea will snow in December?

Seoul Weather in December. Usually, a cycle of three days of cold weather followed by four days of warmer days (samhansaon*) is repeated. The mountainous regions in Gangwon-do receive snowfall starting in early winter, with the weather being very cold and dry due to the wind blowing in from Siberia.

Is December a good time to visit South Korea?

Winters in South Korea are bitterly cold, so we wouldn’t recommend visiting in December, January or February. It’s important to take local holidays into account when planning your trip.

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