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summer in korea | sunset on hanagae beach on muuido island

The spring flowers of May and relatively comfortable weather of June are but a distant memory in Korea in July.

This is the peak of summer in all its hot, humid, monsoon glory. If you’re not used to this type of searing heat, July can be a difficult time to travel to South Korea – but it’s also a month packed full of incredible festivals, activities, and stunning places to go.

korea in july | sunset on hanagae beach on muuido island

There are perfect days in Korea in July too!

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • what the weather is like during July in Korea
  • the Seoul weather in July and other major cities and tourist hotspots, including Busan, Gangneung, and Jeju Island
  • the best summer festivals to attend around the country in July
  • what to wear and the best things to pack for a successful trip to Korea in July

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Visiting Korea in July

The July weather in Korea is challenging. There’s no getting around that fact. But Koreans don’t let the heat, humidity, and rain stop them from getting out and enjoying all the country has to offer, and you shouldn’t either.

Equip yourself with a personal fan, strong SPF, and an umbrella and hit the streets. Because some of South Korea’s best festivals happen in July, huge water parks open around the country, and there are gorgeous beaches to enjoy on every single coast.

july in korea | jeju island

There are picture perfect beaches to enjoy in Korea in July.

Despite the less than ideal weather, July in Korea is still a busy time for travel, with summer vacations starting around the world and diaspora headed back for a taste of home.

If you’re planning your visit to Korea in July, it’s wise to book day tours and accommodation in Seoul as early as possible… especially if you’re on a limited budget.

Korea in July | Weather

The Korea weather in July is hot, sticky, and downright uncomfortable. The average high temperatures range in the high 20s, and there are definitely days in the low 30s and higher. I’m sad to say that I’m writing this in the last weeks of June, and we’ve already hit 33°C a couple times.

korea in july | oedo botania

Does she look hot? The humidity at Oedo Botania was intense, but we survived.

However, it’s not the high temperatures that make this month a test of endurance. It’s the incredible humidity. July is the most humid month of the year, with an average humidity of nearly 80%. Make sure to stay hydrated, take breaks, and wear sunscreen to avoid heat exhaustion. Prepare to sweat. A lot!

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Korea in July | Seoul Weather

The Seoul weather in July feels very hot and muggy. The average temperature in Seoul increases just a couple degrees over the course of the month, from 27°C to 29°C, but you can also expect at least a few days in the mid-30s.

It stays quite warm at night – so much so that even breezes feel hot. There’s little to cool things off, except for the summer rains, which bring a much needed respite from the high humidity that’s characteristic of Korea in July.

korea in july | gwanghwamun square seoul

The Seoul weather in July is hot, hot, hot!

July in Seoul is usually the month with the most rain and cloud cover, totalling nearly 400mm of precipitation by month-end. Despite the grey skies though, the UV index is at its highest. Make sure to use sunscreen, wear a hat, or carry a parasol, as you’ll burn very easily without realizing it.

*Personal note: Historically, July in Korea was the month to batten down the hatches and expect summer monsoons, but this has been changing in recent years. It’s June 28th, and steady rain is projected for the next 10 days and beyond. At this point, it’s hard to predict what the rest of July 2022 will bring in terms of precipitation.

Korea Weather in July | Busan

Busan is located on the southeastern coast of Korea, so it’s slightly cooler than landlocked Seoul in July. It has average daily temperatures of 25 to 29°C. In Busan, the Korea weather in July is quite wet, with an average of 13 days of rain, totalling approximately 200mm of precipitation.

korea in july | haeundae beach busan

Haeundae is one of the busiest beaches come July in Korea © Live Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

If it’s not raining, July in Korea is definitely the month to relax at one of the city’s many beaches, get out on a sightseeing cruise of Busan’s harbour. or try your hand at standup paddle boarding.

SHORT ON TIME?  |  Explore the best attractions in Busan on this jam packed tour to the Busan Skywalk, Gamcheon Culture Village, Songdo Cable Car, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, and more. Lunch and transport included. Check availability of this day tour to all the Busan hotspots here.

Korea Weather in July | Gangneung (East Coast)

The Korea weather in July on the East Coast beaches is slightly cooler than in the interior. Gangneung in July has average daily temperatures ranging from 25 to 28°C, with an average humidity of 82%.

It can fall to as low as 20°C at night time. If it’s windy, it can feel a bit chilly, so prepare with a light windbreaker or hoodie if you’re prone to feeling cold.

july in korea | anmok beach

When it stops raining on the East Coast, it’s gorgeous. This is Anmok Beach.

Gangneung is similar to the rest of Korea in July weather-wise, with about 15 days of rain, constant cloud cover, and a high UV index. Precipitation totals an average of around 235mm, over the course of the month, but if it’s a particularly wet season, there can be as much as 400mm of rain.

AFFORDABLE PRIVATE TAXI TOUR  | This 3 hour private taxi tour of Gangneung area sites provides incredible value at just 20,000 won per car (max 4 people).

Choose between K-WAVE, Coffee City, or Gangneung History Tour to see famous sites like the BTS bus stop, Anmok Beach Coffee Street, Gyeongpo Lake, or Ohjukheon in total comfort. Check availability and select a private taxi tour here.

Korea Weather in July | Jeju Island

In July, Jeju has average high temperatures of 26 – 30°C, but it can feel a lot hotter. With humidity levels reaching 78%, Jeju has a “real feel” temperature hovering around 35°C. There’s about 12 days of rain on Jeju Island in July, totalling around 240-mm of precipitation.

south korea in july | sandbar at hamdeok beach in jeju

Hamdeok Beach in Jeju has a unique sandbar, volcanic rock, and turquoise seas.

When it’s not raining, the sea is a wonderful 24.5°C that’s perfect for swimming. However, heat exhaustion and sunstroke are real possibilities, so be sure to stay in the shade as much as possible, drink lots of water, and slather on that sunscreen if you’re at the beach.

CAR RENTAL ON JEJU ISLAND  |  Public transit on Jeju Island is not as efficient as in Seoul. Distances are long, and it’s a lot slower, so Koreans rent a car to see the island properly.

To rent a car as a traveller to Korea, you MUST have: a book type international driver’s permit (obtained in your home country), your passport, and your driver’s license from home. Check availability and prices of rental cars on Jeju Island here.

Korea in July | Typhoons

July to September is typhoon season in South Korea. Typhoons have affected us pretty regularly over the last few years, but few of them have been deadly. It can however, mean high winds, flash floods, mudslides, and property damage – particularly in the southern regions of the country.

summer in korea | typhoons

Typhoons can cause flooding, mudslides and property damage © 울진군청 (KOGL Type 1)

If a typhoon should hit Korea in July, it’s best to stay indoors, shut the windows tight and avoid places where there could be flooding or mudslides.

July in Korea | Best Festivals and Events

From serene lotuses, to a massive water gun battle on the streets of Seoul, there are a number of incredibly popular festivals happening in Korea in July. Check out these guides if you’re visiting in other months.

Semiwon Lotus Flower Festival | 세미원

Festival Dates: all of July and August 2022

Address: 93, Yangsu-ro, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 양평군 양서면 양수로 93All 

Water lilies, including lotus flowers bloom beautifully during summer in Korea. The Semiwon is a picturesque spot located near Dumulmeori, where the heads of the Bukhan and Namhan Rivers meet.

july in korea | lotuses at semiwon

See lotuses at the Semiwon near Dumulmeori © Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

At the Semiwon, you can wander through the serene garden, surrounded by hundreds of different types of water lilies. If you’re looking for more activity at the festival, try your hand at making handkerchiefs and fans out of lotus leaves.

Pocheon Herb Island Lavender Festival | 포천 허브아일랜드 라벤더 페스티벌

Festival Dates: all of July and August, 2022

Address: 35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 포천시 신북면 청신로947번길 35 (신북면)

Aromatic lavender blooms across South Korea in July. Breathe in its ultra soothing scent at the Pocheon Herb Island Lavender Festival, which takes place all summer long. This is the largest herbal botanical garden in Korea, with over 250 different kinds of herbs and plants, so there’s plenty to see and do.

lavender field

Breathe in the soothing scent of lavender in Korea in July.

Take pictures at flowery photo zones, make natural soap and cosmetics, or take a break from the heat inside the air-conditioned Herb Garden Museum.

More details here.

ALL-IN-ONE POCHEON DAY TOUR  |  Play high-tech military survival games, see the filming location of the Korean drama “Legend from the Sea,” at the Pocheon Art Valley, and of course, smell lavender at Herb Island on this easy day tour from Seoul. Check availability and prices here.

Garden of Morning Calm Rose of Sharon Festival | 아침고요수목원 무궁화 축제

Festival Dates: all of July 2022

Address: 432, Sumogwon-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432 (상면)

Hydrangea and the Rose of Sharon bloom in Korea in July, and the Garden of Morning Calm is one of the best places near Seoul to see these gorgeous summer flowers.

Gawking at 250 varieties of Korea’s national flower – the Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) at the garden juuuust might make you forget the heat.

squid game doll | mugunghwa

The Mugunghwa might be associated with this creepy doll forever now.

In combination with places like Nami Island, Alpaca World, and the Gangchon Rail Bike, the Garden of Morning Calm is one of the most popular day tours from Seoul, and one well worth taking.

TIP  |  If you don’t have a car, the easiest, most affordable way to see the Garden of Morning Calm and other nearby locations, without wasting tons of time on public transit, is on an all-inclusive tour. Customize a day trip, including round-trip transport, to the Garden of Morning Calm and surrounding area here.

2022 Daegu Chimac Festival | 대구치맥페스티벌

Festival Dates: July 6th – 10th, 2022

Address: 7, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu | 대구 달서구 공원순환로 7 두류공원야구장

Could Korean fried chicken washed down with an ice cold beer be the best food and drink combo in history? I think it’s possible – especially when you’re dealing with the hot, sweaty climate of Korea in July.

korea in july | daegu chimac festival

Fried chicken and beer might be the perfect summer combo © Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

You can test out the theory yourself at the Daegu Chimac Festival, while dancing your heart out, chicken wing in one hand, beer in the other.

PS: If you didn’t know already – CHI = Chicken and MAK = Maekju (the Korean word for beer)

Details here.

STAY NEAR THE FESTIVAL SITE  |  The Daegu Chimac Festival takes place inside Duryu Park. Nearby accommodation will get booked up fast, especially on the weekend, as revelers head to Daegu from other parts of Korea. Be sure to reserve early if you plan to stay overnight. Check availability, reviews, and prices of hotels near Duryu Park here.

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival | 부천 국제판타스틱영화제

Festival Dates: July 7th – 17th, 2022

Address: 210, Gilju-ro, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 부천시 길주로 210 (중동)

If your idea of fun on a steamy July night in Korea is getting scared out of your wits, then the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) is for you. It’s all about Asian horror, thriller, mystery and fantasy films. (Don’t show this trailer to your kids!)

The last BIFAN festival featured 257 films from 47 countries. Get more details here.

Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival | 부여서동연꽃축제

Festival Dates: July 14th – 17th, 2022

Address: 52, Gungnam-ro, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do | 충청남도 부여군 부여읍 궁남로 52 / 부여 궁남지 일원

Taking place in July in Korea, when lotus flowers are in full bloom during summer, the Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival celebrates the romance of King Mu and Princess Seonhwa.

july in korea | lotuses

See lotuses AND a historical love story in Buyeo in July.

Festival events include performances of this historical love story, as well as hands-on programs like lotus flower origami classes, soap making, candle-making sessions, and a LED lantern exhibition.

More details here (Korean only).

Boryeong Mud Festival | 보령머드축제

Festival Dates: July 16th – August 15th, 2022

Address: 897-15, Daehae-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do | 충청남도 보령시 대해로 897-15 (신흑동)

I’m gonna go out on a limb here, and say that this is probably THE most popular and famous festival for international visitors to Korea in July.

summer in korea | Boryeong Mud Festival

Prepare to get dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival © Jeong Sung-joo, Korea Travel Organization

Every year, thousands of people flock to Daecheon Beach in Chuncheongnam-do to coat themselves in nutrient-rich Boryeong mud by day, and party to K-pop and EDM at night. I mean, you can’t really argue with festival events like giant mud baths, mud mazes, mud painting, and mud slides, can you?

STAY NEAR DAECHEON BEACH  |  This is one of summer’s most popular festivals, drawing people from all over Korea. If you plan to stay overnight on a weekend, and want to stay near the festival site, book hotels early. They WILL get fully booked up. Check availability, reviews, and prices of hotels in Boryeong here:

On Booking    |    On Agoda   |    On Klook  

The Color Run

Festival Dates: TBA for 2022, but usually mid-July

Address: 25, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 25 (잠실동)

Also known as “The Happiest 5K on the Planet,” the Color Run is the largest running festival in the world,. Over 6 million runners from more than 35 countries have participated so far.

color run paris france

The Color Run usually happens in July © mpcom1photographe (CC BY 2.0)

No word yet, on whether this is actually running in Korea in July 2022, but you can sign up for updates here.

TIP  |  Discover Seoul on foot! Walk around Gwanghwamun Plaza, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, Insadong, and other historic hotspots with an english speaking guide. Check availability and join a historic walking tour of Seoul.

Taebaek Sunflower Festival | 태백해바라기축제

Festival Dates: July 22nd – August 7th, 2022

Address: 38-33, Guwau-gil, Taebaek-si, Gangwon-do | 강원도 태백시 구와우길 38-33 (황지동)

Wanna get lost in a sea of bright yellow sunflowers? Well you can do it easily at the Taebaek Sunflower Festival in Guwau Village. It’s the largest sunflower patch in all of Korea.

july in south korea | sunflowers

Sunflowers appear in Korea in July.

Get more details here (Korean only).

Waterbomb Daegu and Busan | 워터밤

Festival Dates: Daegu – July 23rd, 2022 | Busan – July 30th, 2022

Daegu Address: Daegu, Suseong-gu, Universiad-ro 180 | 대구 수성구 유니버시아드로 180 대구종합경기장

Busan Address: 344 World Cup-daero, Geoje 2(i)-dong, Yeonje-gu, Busan | 부산광역시 연제구 월드컵대로 344(거제동)

The WATERBOMB Festivals in Daegu and Busan are the 2nd and 3rd of 5 WATERBOMB events across Korea this summer (the next 2 happen in August in Incheon and Suwon).

All of the WATERBOMB events feature live performances from K-POP stars and DJs, a tropical lounge, and massive exploding water cannons. However, the highlight of WATERBOMB is defintiely a crazy water gun battle where you fight along your favourite celebs.

WATERBOMB is a 19+ event, that’s definitely not suitable for young children, as you can see from the video (don’t watch if flashing lights bother you).

Check the line-up and get tickets here.

Sinchon Water Gun Festival 2022 | 신촌물총축제

Festival Dates: July 30th – 31st, 2022

Address: Area of Yeonse-ro road in Sinchon | 18-63, Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

One of the best ways to escape the crazy humidity of July in Korea is at the Sinchon Water Gun Festival. Every year, this festival shuts down the streets near Hongdae and Sinchon for street performances, DJs, and of course the biggest watergun fight you’ve ever seen.

july in korea | sinchon water gun festival

Water gun battle on the streets of Seoul! © Jean Han, Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service (CC BY-SA 2.0)

No big surprise that the Sinchon Water Gun Festival is one of the most popular and iconic summer festivals in Seoul. Get tickets asap if you want to go. Details here (Korean only).

SEOUL PUB CRAWL  |  Water gun battle by day. Pub crawl to 4 of Hongdae’s ‘s best bars and clubs by night. Meet other travelers, get 3+ free shots, and skip the line at some of Seoul’s hottest clubs! Check details here.

Korea in July | What to Wear

To best try to survive Korea’s weather in July, lightweight clothing that wicks sweat is the name of the game. Breezy linens, technical fabrics, and clothing lines like Uniqlo’s Airism are made specifically to deal with a hot, muggy climate.

korea in july | yongwol y art park

It’s best to wear lightweight clothing and sandals or flip flops in Korea in July.

Since there’s also potentially a ton of rain in Korea in July, waterproof running shoes or quick-dry clothing could be useful. If you choose to wear sandals or flip-flops, choose ones with a good grip. A lot of streets in Korea become very slippery in the rain.

Tips for What to Wear in Korea in July

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July in Korea is insanely hot and humid. Cotton isn't actually the best fabric to wear, since it holds moisture. It's better to wear lightweight fabrics like linen or technical fabrics designed to wick sweat.
2
If you want to blend in at the beach, you'll be most comfortable in a rash guard and shorts. That's what most Koreans wear to the beach. However, if you're more comfortable in a bikini at the beach, it wouldn't be frowned upon.
3
It's best to dress on the conservative side, if you don't want to draw unwelcome attention. For women, a low neckline or bare shoulders will attract eyes, but a super short skirt or shorts won't (go figure). For men, wandering around shirtless is a definite no-no.
korea in july | bamdokkaebi night market

I don’t understand how some of these crazy people are wearing jeans in summer.

Visiting Korea in July | Packing List

Here’s a rough guideline of items to pack for the Korea weather in July.

Bring from Home

  • travel documents: passport, itineraries, hotel reservations, plane tickets, travel visas, insurance
  • international driver’s license if you plan to rent a car
  • adaptor / plug
  • lightweight t-shirts, tank tops
  • shorts, skirts, capris
  • summery dresses
  • thin windbreaker or shell, light hoodie or cardigan
  • swimsuits, rash guards, board shorts
  • sunglasses
  • deodorant, feminine hygiene items
  • comfortable running shoes or sandals with good grip for lots of walking (waterproof shoes are good at this time of year)
  • any special prescription medications you need
  • allergy medications if you’re sensitive to pollen and dust
  • eyeglasses, contact lenses

Buy in Korea

  • umbrella if it rains / parasol
  • personal fan
  • disposable air pollution masks
  • batteries / charging cables (super cheap at Daiso)
  • skincare products like sunscreen (high quality and cheap in Korea!)
  • eyeglasses and contact lenses can be purchased just by walking into a store (a free eye test will be provided)
  • birth control can be purchased over the counter, without a prescription (but all brands may not be available)
south korea in july | eurwangni beach incheon

Sunsets are stunning on the West Coast in summer ⓒ Jeong Jong-ho, Korea Tourism Organization

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Korea in July: Essential Info and FAQs

1
Is July a good time to visit Korea? Climate wise, July is one of the worst months to visit Korea. It's hot, humid, and peak monsoon season. That doesn't stop tourists from coming in droves though.
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Is July rainy season in Korea? July in Korea is peak monsoon season. It's the wettest, most humid month, with the most cloud cover. There's a possibility of typhoons, but these usualy strike the southern regions of the country and few are deadly.
3
Is Korea hot in July? July is the 2nd hottest month of the year in Korea. Average high temperatures range between 25 - 30°C across the country, but it can feel a whole lot hotter, with humidity reaching 80% and higher.
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What to do in Korea in July? There are a number of big festivals in Korea in July, including the Boryeong Mud Festival and the Sinchon Water Gun Festival. It's also swimming season, so it's possible to go to the beach, play in a mountain stream, or go to a water park. Indoor activities like visiting museums, seeing performances, or shopping at the mall are popular due to the rain and humidity.

All ready for the perfect trip to Korea in July? What have you got planned?

Comments:

  • June 29, 2022

    Hi Shelley! This brought back such intense memories of my trip to Seoul in July/August, 2016! Can’t believe it’s been that long. It really was super hot and humid, but I loved it so much anyway. Your “little” Naia is growing up so much! Hope you are all doing well.

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