If you are travelling/ going to Korea these upcoming months, be prepared as the weather would be quite tricky. But don’t worry, because Koreanmate would give you some tips and tricks in this following K-Tips Post!
Unlike Indonesia, Korea has 4 different seasons every year. In general, spring is from March to May, summer from June to August, autumn from September to November, and winter from December to February. The weather in spring and autumn is clear and dry due to the influence of anticyclones; summer is hot and humid due to Korea’s location on the North Pacific Edge; and in winter, continental high pressure brings cold and dry weather.
So if you are going to Korea either to travel or to start the Spring Semester( which would usually begin at the end of February), the weather would be tricky because it is still between winter and spring.
I went to South Korea at the end of February 2014 and to be honest, it shocked me so much because of the temperature difference. I flew from Soekarno Hatta Intl Airport where the temperature is around
23-28°C. Well, Indonesia is a tropical country and it’s quite hot, even at night. But remember, it’s NOT hot when you arrive in Korea so make sure you wear long-sleeved, long pants and shoes. Put your thick winter jacket, gloves and other winter equipment in your backpack, NOT in your luggage!
I arrived in Korea the next morning around 8 am Korean Time. Inside the airport, it’s not cold. But don’t be tricked by this “warm” weather because remember, they have heater installed inside the airport! So after you go through the immigration and take all your luggage, please wear your super thick winter jackets and gloves because once you step outside the airport, it would be freezing cold!
It was -10°C outside and as a tropical person, I was shivering. I once thought that that was strange because when I see the people there, they didn’t seem too cold. Of course, if they were in Korea the whole year, their bodies would be prepared for this cold weather because the temperature would drop little by little every day since Autumn. But for me, my body was shocked because of the drastic temperature change, from 28°C to -10°C in just a short time.
The temperature would still be cold until the end of March. To make yourself comfortable, you can wear these every time you go out: Long Johns+ Long sleeved shirt + Warm Jacket+ Long Pants+ Wool Socks+ Boots+ Gloves. These equipment should have made you feel warm enough to fight the freezing weather. And for girls, you might want to apply a lot of moisturizer (it is better to buy it there) to your face before you wear make-up because your skin would be so dry and all chapped because of the cold weather. Use the liquid/gel/cream ones if possible to make them stay longer rather than the powdery ones!
Drink a lot of water every day. You might not feel thirsty because it is cold, but remember that your body still needs a certain amount of water!
This freezing weather would slowly get warmer from middle March. You can say goodbye to your thick jackets, longjohns, and gloves now! Spring season in Korea is usually between March and May. The warmer weather causes trees and grass to bud, but the temperature can also vary greatly, causing seasonal occurrences like spring colds. The daily temperature range varies greatly in the spring and the weather can be dry. Various flowers bloom in the mild and warm spring weather; azaleas, forsythias, and royal azaleas are the forerunners of spring in Korea. In April and May, the flowers are in full bloom, attracting people to mountains and parks. In rural areas, spring is the time to start planting rice and potatoes, sow vegetable seeds, and to prune the branches of fruit trees.
There are many festivals held in Spring! For further information, check their official website here: http:/english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=957144
And if you don’t wanna miss the Cherry Blossoms,check out this website :http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=706450
Hope these tips could make you stay warm during your stay there!