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South Korea weather & when to go: January

South Korea January weather overview

Whilst January is one of the coldest months of the year in South Korea it is still possible to visit at this time and the crisp blue skies provide favourable photo opportunities. Simply come prepared for freezing temperatures and the occasional snow shower.

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January’s weather in detail

The mountainous National Parks such as Seoraksan and Songnisan will feel especially cold in January, but you can expect icy temperatures and a blanket of snow across most of South Korea during this month.

Such weather conditions make January an excellent time of year for ski-ing, snowboarding and other winter sports in the northern provinces of Gangwon-do and Gyeonggi-do. Incidentally Gangwon-do has the highest average annual snowfall in the country: no surprise that the best ski resorts of Pyeongchang are found here.   

Average daily temperatures in the capital of Seoul will range from -7°C to 3°C whereas the southern coast is milder, with Jeju Island expecting a minimum of 5°C and a maximum of 11°C.

Thankfully there is very little rain during these months so those crisp, white views are always on offer.