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korea in october | pink muhly at olympic park

There’s no doubt that Korea in September is a stunner, but Korea in October is the true star of autumn. As fall foliage peaks, fiery crimsons, burnt oranges, and golden yellows paint the ROK in a rainbow of kaleidoscopic hues.

And as if that wasn’t enough, dreamy pink muhly, silvery grass, and sapphire skies add even MORE colour to the most wonderful of Korea’s seasons. I just know you’ll love October in South Korea as much as I do!

korea in october | asan ginkgo tree road

October is my favourite month of the year in Korea!

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • what the October weather in Korea is like
  • the Seoul weather in October and other major cities and tourist hotspots, including Busan, Jeju, Gangneung and the East Coast
  • the best autumn festivals to attend during October in Korea
  • what to wear and the best things to pack for a successful trip in October

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Visiting Korea in October

Most locals consider October in South Korea to be the best time of the year to visit, and I wholeheartedly agree. With magnificent autumn foliage, crystal clear air, and shimmering blue skies, October is my favourite month of the year. By far.

korea in autumn | changdeokgung palace in autumn

Some of the best autumn landscapes are in Korea in October © Lee Jung-kyu, Korea Tourism Organization

Aside from the many spectacular autumn landscapes, there are more festivals and events happening in Korea in October than you could possibly get to in a single month. You’ll have to plan your travels to Korea with absolute precision to fit everything in.

The month of October is PEAK travel season in Korea, so it’s wise to book accommodation and day tours well in advance, for the most selection and best prices.

korea in october | gangchon rail bike pinwheel tunnel

Book day tours to places like the Gangchon Rail Bike early.

Korea in October | Weather

October is the middle month of autumn in Korea. The October weather in Korea might feel a bit cool to some, but it’s pretty much my idea of climate perfection.

For me, the Korea in October weather is perfection.

During daylight hours, average high temperatures are a very pleasant 20°C | 68°F. Average low temperatures for the month of October in Korea are 10°C | 50°F, but there’s little humidity or rainfall to worry about.

It IS quite a bit cooler in the evenings and at night though, so multiple layers and a light jacket are definitely required for your trip to South Korea in October.

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Korea in October | Seoul Weather

Average high temperatures in Seoul in October decrease 6°C from September to 20°C | 68°F. There’s a more dramatic cooling effect at night, with average low temperatures, falling a full 7°C to 10°C | 50°F by the end of the month.

korea in october | lotte world tower

Seoul in October has beautiful skies and gorgeous light

There are just 11 hours of day light in Korea in October, but these hours are filled with beautiful light and striking blue skies. The sun is strong, but the UV isn’t, so you can relax a little about sun protection.

The Seoul weather in October has very little humidity, so it’s incredibly comfortable to tour around the city. There are only about 6 days of rain, mostly concentrated near the beginning of the month, totalling approximately 50-mm, on average.

october in korea | olympic park peace gate

It cools down quickly as the sun sets in Korea in October.

*Personal note: It’s the end of September right now, and every day has been full of sun, warm temperatures, and incredible sunsets. However, around 4pm, it starts to cool down quickly. I run really hot, and prefer cooler temperatures, but even I need a light jacket in the evenings now. If you’re usually cold, you might need more – especially if you’re visiting at the end of October in Korea.

Korea Weather in October | Busan

October in Korea is a great month to visit Busan. All that gorgeous sunshine, and comfortable temperatures make it easy to travel between Busan hotspots like Gamcheon Culture Village and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.

korea in october | blue line park

October is a perfect time to take a ride at Busan’s Blue Line Park © Lee Bumsu, Korea Tourism Organization

Busan is located on the southeastern coast of Korea, so it’s slightly cooler than Seoul in October, with average daily temperatures ranging from 16°C | 60.8°F to 20°C | 68°F. There’s just 6 days of rainfall, totalling 29-mm (it’s really not enough to even bother with).

SHORT ON TIME?  |  Explore all the best Busan hotspots with this super affordable tour to the Busan Skywalk, Gamcheon Culture Village, Songdo Cable Car, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, and more. Lunch and transport included. Get more info here.

Korea Weather in October | Gangneung (East Coast)

The Korea weather in October on the East Coast is typically a bit cooler than in the interior regions. Gangeung in October has average daily temperatures ranging from 11°C | 52°F to 17°C | 62.1°F.  In my experience. it can feel a lot colder, especially with sea breezes, so be prepared with some heavier weight clothing.

korea in october | Naksansa temple in autumn

Naksansa is a popular seaside temple to visit on the East Coast, near Sokcho.

Sokcho and Seoraksan National Park on the East Coast, are popular places to see fall foliage if you’re visiting Korea in October. This area is one of the few places at peak foliage this month. If you’re planning to hike, be prepared with layers of clothing to deal with potential temperature changes and wind at higher altitudes.

SEORAKSAN + NAKSANSA  |  Hop on a convenient shuttle bus from Seoul and see Seoraksan National Park and the stunning seaside Naksansa Temple in a single day. Get more info here.

Korea Weather in October | Jeju Island

In October, the Jeju weather is perfect for exploring the island, but not for swimming. Average temperatures range from 15°C | 59°F to 21°C | 70.3°F, with 7 days of rain, totalling around 80-mm of precipitation. Thankfully though, typhoon season is over by October in Korea, so you can rest a bit easier.

korea in october | seongsan ilchubong jeju

Typhoon season is over in Korea by October © Live Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

The Korea weather in October on Jeju is perfect for the many outdoor activities available on the island. Check out the autumn foliage on Hallasan or go on a pastel hunt at Jeju pink muhly hotspots, Hueree Park and Norimae Park.

TRANSPORT ON JEJU ISLAND  |  Public transit on Jeju Island is not as efficient as in Seoul. Distances are long, and it’s a lot slower. It’s best to either rent a car, hire a private car charter or join a tour with transport to make the most of your time. This tour is a good one that stops at Jeju’s UNESCO sites and includes transport. Get more info.

Korea in October | Air Quality and Typhoons

One big reason why many Koreans prefer October over cherry blossom season in April is air quality.

During spring in Korea, windstorms originating in the Gobi Desert travel across China and land squarely on top of the ROK, in the form of yellow dust. Called “hwangsa,” in Korean, it colours the sky, in a murky yellowish fog. And it’s full of ultrafine and fine dust pollution.

yellow dust korea weather in april

Yellow dust and pollution is pretty damn ugly.

The good news is that if you’re visiting South Korea in October, the odds of having to deal with bad air, or typhoons is much less. You’ll still need to equip yourself with some kind of mask though, since masks are still required indoors in Korea, but there’s no need to prepare too many in advance.

High-quality disposable masks can be picked up in any pharmacy, convenience store or Daiso in Korea for as low as 500 won each.

The Korean equivalent of an N95 mask is called KF94. If that feels too hot and heavy for the Korea weather in October, you can get a KF80 mask instead. These factor out 80% of pollutants, so it’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing.

Limited Edition Autumn Tours in Korea

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Korea in October, you can take advantage of these limited edition autumn tours, which only take place for about a month each year. They get booked up fast, because space and timing for them is limited, so I recommend reserving a spot as soon as you can.

korea in october | naejangsan mountain in autumn

Naejangsan is an autumn hotspot for a reason! ⓒ Ha Nam-gi, Korea Tourism Organization

Here are the limited autumn day tours available in Korea for 2022:

korea in october | pink muhly grass

Pink muhly is a must see in Korea in October © Hwangbo Dal, Korea Tourism Organization

A few years ago, pink muhly grass took over the IG feeds of Korea and there’s no end in sight for this craze. Here’s a few discounted tickets and day tours for pink muhly hotspots in Korea for October.

Korea in October | Best Festivals and Events

October in Korea really is a case of too many festivals, not enough time. You could literally attend a different event every single day of the month if you wanted to.

Here’s some big ones, but this list is by no means exhaustive. I literally would’ve been writing until next year if I included all of them. Many more festivals and events will be announced for Korea in October, last minute. Keep your eyes open!

Welcome Daehakro | 웰컴대학로

Festival Dates: September 24th – October 30th, 2022

Address: 120, Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 종로구 대학로 120 (동숭동)

Stroll around the Hyehwa Station area during October in Korea and you’ll feel the vibrancy of theatre and performing arts in Korea, as Welcome Daehakro takes over the streets. This month long performing arts festival started in 2017, and it’s the perfect event to go to with this crisp, autumn weather.

There are ticketed non-verbal, traditional, musical and play performances, but also a ton of free street performances to watch at the Welcome Fringe portion of the festival. Check out all the details here.

Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival | 한성백제문화제

Festival Dates: September 29th – October 2nd, 2022

Address: 326 , Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 326 송파구청

The Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival takes place at Olympic Park at the beginning of October in Korea. Events centre around the remnants of the Baekje era Mongchontoseong Fortress, and features folk performances, musicals, family concerts, and activities.

korea in october | hanseong baekje festival

There’s a ton of fun family activities at the Hanseong Baekje Festival.

I’ve attended this one with my daughter a few times, and there’s a lot of fun free and paid activities for children. Head there between 10AM and 7PM to take advantage of them. More details here.

LOTTE WORLD TOWER  |  The Seoul Sky Observatory takes up the top 8 floors of the Lotte World Tower – the tallest building in Korea. Head to the top for panoramic views of Seoul you can’t get anywhere else. Pick up advance tickets.

Andong Mask Dance Festival | 안동국제탈춤페스티벌

Festival Dates: September 29th – October 3rd, 2022

Address: 239, Yuksa-ro, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do | 경상북도 안동시 축제장길 200 탈춤공연장

If cultural travel is your thing, the Andong Mask Dance Festival is the perfect event for you to attend in Korea during October. This festival takes place near the UNESCO World Heritage designated Andong Hahoe Village, which is totally worth a visit on its own.

october in korea | andong mask dance festival mask

Enjoy the mask dance festival in Korea in October © Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

Aside from performances of Korea’s mask dance drama (intangible cultural heritage), and other mask dances from around the world, there are experiential programs, mask related competitions and a ton of food stalls to stuff yourself at. Check full festival details here.

ANDONG TOUR  |  Chock-full of UNESCO World Heritage sites and ancient architecture, Andong is the place to meet traditional culture in Korea. Get more info.

Taste of Seoul | 테이스트오브서울

Festival Dates: September 30th – October 6th, 2022

Address: All over Seoul

If you’re visiting in the first week of October in Korea, and don’t know where to eat, you’re in luck! Taste of Seoul will celebrate the city’s diverse and varied food scene, with 100 Taste of Seoul restaurants which have been selected by 20 gourmet curators to represent the city’s food scene.

Vegetarians can rejoice. For the first time, a full half of these restaurants are plant-based. Figure out where to eat here.

ROYAL COURT CUISINE AT JIHWAJA IN SEOUL  |  Seeking a traditional feast of superb quality? Located near Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jihwaja is a national treasure that traces back to the last 2 kings of the Joseon Dynasty. See degustation menu options here.

Gangnam Festival | 강남 페스티벌

Festival Dates: September 30th – October 8th, 2022

Address: Coex K-POP Square, Gangnam Station, Garosu-gil, Throughout Gangnam-gu

After 3 long years, the Gangnam Festival returns to Korea in October, with a free Yeongdong-daero K-pop Concert outside of Starfield Coex Mall. This year the concert will feature Psy and other K-pop idols. Gangnam Style NEVER gets old. Am I right, or am I right?

If you didn’t get tickets to the show, don’t fret. There’s a ton more to do at the festival, including media art, fashion shows, K-food, a peace marathon, and even an event in the Gangnam Metaverse. Get all the details here.

Seoul Light & DDP Autumn Festival | 서울라이트 가을

Festival Dates: September 30th – October 9th, 2022

Address: 281, Euljiro, Jung-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 중구 을지로 281 (을지로7가)

Seoul Light is a massive media facade festival that projects images onto the surface of the DDP’s curvy architecture. Designed by both Korean and international artists, it began in 2019, and has already welcomed over a million visitors.

korea in october | seoul light at DDP

Seoul Light is a free for all this year!

Attendance has been limited due to pandemic restrictions, but this October in Korea, there are zero limitations. Best of all, it’s free! I’ve personally gone to Seoul Light a few times, and been completely awestruck. Shows start at 7:30PM, and run until 10:00PM. Get full details here.

After Seoul Light, explore the rest of Dongdaemun Design Plaza, then head over to nearby Little Russia to eat some shashlik at Fortune Cafe.

korea in october | shashlik at Fortune

Head to Fortune near DDP for a break from Korean food.

Royal Culture Festival | 계족산 맨발축제

Festival Dates: October 1st – 9th, 2022

Address: Gyeongbok, Changdeok, Deoksu, Changgyeong and Gyeonghui Palaces, Jongmyo, and Sajikdan

If you haven’t had a chance to visit any of Seoul’s 5 Joseon Dynasty palaces yet, the Royal Culture Festival is a good time to do it. Korea’s rich cultural heritage will be highlighted with performances, rituals, moonlight tours, and interactive activities for kids at these venues for 10 days in October.

korea in october | royal culture festival

Head to one of Seoul’s palaces for the Royal Culture Festival.

There are plenty of free activities, but some events, like the Changdeokgung Moonlight tours, require advance reservation. Find more details 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.

Great Baekje Festival | 백제문화제

Festival Dates: October 1st – 10th, 2022

Address: 135, Baekgang-ro, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do | 충청남도 부여군 백강로 135

The 68th Great Baekje Festival takes place in the old Baekje capitals in Chungcheongnam-do. This festival promises to be totally epic, with multiple large scale parades, exhibitions, performances, and events staged at UNESCO World Heritage sites in Gongju and Buyeo.

korea in october | gongju

Gongju is hugely underrated and worth a visit!

I haven’t gone to the festival yet (this might be the year!), but I have been to Gongju, and I highly recommend it. It’ a wonderful place to visit in Korea that’s sadly overlooked. with so much to see, do, and explore.

Learn more about the festival here.

KOREA RAIL PASS  |  With unlimited rides on almost every KORAIL train, including high-speed, tourist, and conventional trains, to over 600 stations on 80 different routes, a Korea Rail Pass is one of the best ways to get around the country. Get more info here.

Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival | 수원화성문화제

Festival Dates: October 7th – 9th, 2022

Address: 825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 수원시 팔달구 정조로 825 (남창동)

There’s actually a lot happening near Suwon Hwaseong Fortress this month including media arts installations on the fortress walls, a Suwon Lantern Festival, and traditional performances and experience programs.

korea in october | suwon hwaseong fortress

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is UNESCO World Heritage © Live Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

Held every October in Korea at the UNESCO World Heritage Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, this landmark festival includes a Citizen’s Parade, traditional performances, Guard’s Ceremony, and simultaneous Food Culture Festival.

Do not miss the Reenactment of King Jeongjo’s Tomb Parade. This is one of Korea’s largest national events, traveling 59.2 km from Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul to Yeungneug Tomb in Suwon from October 8th to 9th. Get more info about all festival events here (Korean only).

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE!  |  Shop at Suwon traditional market, then soar high above the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Hwaseong Fortress on an exciting hot air balloon adventure. Check full details here.

Seosan Haemieupseong Fortress Festival | 서산해미읍성역사체험축제

Festival Dates: October 7th – 9th, 2022

Address: 143 Nammun 2-ro, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do | 충청남도 서산시 남문2로 143 해미읍성

Seosan is one of those relatively unknown cities, with a surprising amount of stuff to see and do – including a 600 year old fortress called Haemieupseong, where you can enjoy a festival during October in Korea.

korea in october | seosan haemieupseong fortress

Haemieupseong Fortress in Seosan is 600 years old.

After you’ve enjoyed the traditional music performances, parade, and fireworks at the festival, head over to Ganworam Hermitage – a unique seaside temple that gets stranded on an island at high tide.

Check festival details here (Korean only).

Imsil N Cheese Festival | 임실N치즈축제

Festival Dates: October 7th – 10th, 2022

Address: 50, Doin 2-gil, Imsil-gun, Jeollabuk-do | 전라북도 임실군 성수면 도인2길 50 (성수면)

This must be one of quirkiest festivals happening in Korea in October. At the Imsil N Cheese Festival, prepare to experience cheese in ways that you never thought possible, with 84 separate cheese themed programs.

Try cheese curling or archery at the Cheese Olympic Playground, make a cheese cupcake mosaic, or enter the cheese songwriting contest. And of course, you’ll be able to taste and purchase as much Imsil cheese as you can possibly stomach at a discounted price.

Learn about all the cheesy goodness here.

Gangneung Coffee Festival | 강릉커피축제

Festival Dates: October 7th – 10th, 2022

Address: 9-1, Gyeonggang-ro 2021beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do | 강원도 강릉시 경강로2021번길 9-1 명주예술마당

The Gangneung area, with its mix of clean water, creative writers and local roasters is widely credited for starting modern coffee culture in Korea. Get a taste for why at the 14th Gangneung Coffee Festival, where you can sample coffee from various roasters, attend seminars, and watch barista competitions.

korea in october | bossa nova cafe

The Gangneung area is credited for starting modern coffee culture in Korea.

The festival takes places at Gangneung Olympic Park, but if you’ve got the time, I recommend heading over to Anmok Beach and Gangneung Coffee Street to explore a seaside strip of over 30 gorgeous cafes.

Learn more about the festival here (Korean only).

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.

Gyeryong World Military Culture Expo | 계룡세계군문화엑스포

Festival Dates: October 7th – 23rd, 2022

Address: 16, Jeongjang-ri, Gyeryong-si, Chungcheongnam-do | 충청남도 계룡시 신도안면 정장리 16

In Korea in October, South Korea will host a World Military Expo in the city where South Korea’s Army, Air Force and Navy are all headquartered. At the Gyeryong World Military Culture Expo, you can watch performances by military bands from around the world, see a military parade, or even climb Mount Gyeryong.

This is an international event that attracts nearly 1.3 million visitors, who are into all things military. Learn more here.

Hanwha Seoul International Fireworks Festival | 서울세계불꽃축제

Festival Dates: October 8th, 2022

Address: 330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 영등포구 여의동로 330

The Seoul International Fireworks Festival is a huge event that sees a million people head to Yeouido Hangang Park area to see an epic fireworks show. People stake out a spot the day before, and the crowds should not be estimated. Attend at your own risk.

korea in october | seoul international fireworks festival

The Fireworks Festival is one of Seoul’s biggest events in October © Park Sang-hoon, Korea Tourism Organization

This year Korea, Italy, and Japan will participate in the festival. More details here.

Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival | 진주 남강유등축제

Festival Dates: October 10th – 31st, 2022

Address: 626, Namgang-ro, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do | 경상남도 진주시 남강로 626

Yudeong or floating lanterns were used during the Battle of Jinjuseong Fortress as a military strategy during the Japanese Invasion of 1592. Today, every October in Korea, this history is celebrated in Jinju with a glorious lantern festival that illuminates the Namgang River with more than 70,000 lanterns.

This is one of Korea’s biggest lantern festivals, and it’s well worth a visit, with cultural performances, fireworks, and the opportunity to make and fly your own lantern high into the sky. More details here (Korean only).

Gwangju Chungjang Festival | 추억의 충장축제

Festival Dates: October 13th – 17th, 2022

Address: 1, Seonam-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju | 광주광역시 동구 서남로 1

For 10 days in Korea in October, the Chungjang Festival will transform the streets of Gwangju back to the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Visitors can attend a huge citizens parade, relax in old-style cafes, watch a retro dance battle, snack on nostalgic street foods, and much, much more. Get full details here.

Running concurrently, is the 1st Buskers World Cup in Gwangju, with nearly 150,000,000 KRW in prize money up for grabs. The competition has already started with online entries from all over the world, and the LIVE final round set for October 17th at May 18 Democracy Square.

Silla Cultural Festival | 신라문화제

Festival Dates: October 14th – 16th, 2022

Address: 18, Jungang-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do | 경상북도 경주시 중앙로 18

Every October in Korea, the Silla Cultural Festival takes over the city of Gyeongju with events celebrating the culture and arts of the thousand year old Silla Dynasty. Prepare to be wowed by large-scale performance, traditional games, fireworks, and what looks to be an incredible drone show.

As if Gyeongju wasn’t ALREADY one of the best places to visit during autumn in Korea. Check their website here (Korean only).

TIP  |  If you don’t have a car, the easiest and most convenient way to see the Garden of Morning Calm and other nearby locations is on an all-inclusive tour. Customize a day trip, including round-trip transport, to the Garden of Morning Calm and surrounding area here.

Seoul Silver Grass Festival | 서울억새축제

Festival Dates: October 15th – 22nd, 2022

Address: 95, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 마포구 하늘공원로 95 (상암동)

Move over pink muhly – the super instagrammable Seoul Silver Grass Festival is back this October in Korea. Search out 10 different photo zones amidst the waving grass, watch the colourful lighting show, or watch performances at the central stage on weekends.

october in korea | silver grass festival

Silver grass is just as lovely as pink © Lee Bumsu, Korea Tourism Organization

For this event only, Haneul Park will be open until 10PM. Details here (Korean).

Busan One Asia Festival | 부산 원아시아페스티벌

Festival Dates: October 27th – 30th, 2022

Address: 344, World cup-daero, Yeonje-gu, Busan | 부산광역시 연제구 월드컵대로 344

Taking place every October in South Korea, the Busan One Asia Festival is one of the ROK’s biggest hallyu events, designed to spread K-love all over the world. It includes multiple K-pop concerts with idols, exhibitions, markets, fan meet and greets, and much, much more.

The first lineup for the October 30th K-pop concert has been announced, and includes KAI, Brave Girls, AB6IX, GOLDEN CHILD and LE SSERAFIM, with more to be added as the concert date approaches.

Get full details here.

BUSAN ONE ASIA K-POP CONCERT TICKETS  |  See your favourite K-pop stars like Kai, (G)I-dle, Brave Girls, and many others perform live at one of Busan’s biggest events. Score BOF concert tickets here (Bonus: includes a separate voucher for admission to Lotte World Busan as well).

Gyeongbokgung at Night | 경복궁 야간 특별관람

Dates: until November 6th, 2022

Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)

Twice a year, Gyeongbokgung Palace is brilliantly lit and opened for night viewing. It’s open from 7:00 to 9:30PM, every day except Monday and Tuesday.

Get tickets in advance online (Korean), or grab them on-site (for foreigners only – limited to 200). Cost: 3,000 won.

korea in may | renting a men's hanbok in seoul

October is a comfortable time to rent a hanbok and visit Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Of course, you can skip the ticketing process entirely, and walk straight into Gyeongbokgung for free, if you’re wearing a hanbok. It’s actually the perfect time to try it out, since the Korea weather in October isn’t too hot or cold.

Korea in October | What to Wear

Figuring out exactly what to wear and pack for the Korea weather in October is a bit challenging. It’s a bit schizophrenic.

At the beginning of the month, the sun is so bright and strong, it’s warm enough for shorts during daylight hours. But it cools off so quickly at night, that you’d need at least a hoodie or light cardigan to be comfortable.

korea in autumn | what to wear

The October weather in Korea is a bit schizophrenic.

By the end of the month, it’s cooled off enough that it can feel quite chilly at night, especially if it’s windy. However, there are even days in November in Korea that I feel comfortable with a cardigan and scarf. So yeah, schizophrenic.

The name of the game in Korea in October is layers. A lot of them. In multiple weights and variety, depending on which time of the month you’re visiting.

Jeans, leggings, skirts, and long-sleeved shirts, tees, or lighter weight sweaters work well. Bring along a hoodie, cardigan or light jacket for cooler evening temperatures. You probably don’t actually need shorts, but you can get away with them if that’s your preference.

korea in october | ginkgo trees

A cardigan, jeans, and my Loom sneakers are usually enough for me during October in Korea.

You will log a ton of steps exploring Seoul, so a comfortable shoe is really important. I live in my Loom waterproof sneakers year-round. Not because they’re waterproof, but because they are no-hassle, super comfortable and stylish enough for life in Seoul.

Tips for What to Wear in Korea in October

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Though it's warmer at the beginning of October in Korea than at the end, it's still much cooler at night (even in the first weeks of October). Prepare accordingly. with multiple layers of clothing.
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Koreans generally dress quite well. You'll stand out quite a bit if you're wearing a ``typical backpacker`` look.
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It's best to dress on the conservative side, if you don't want to draw unwelcome attention. For women, a low neckline will attract eyes, but a super short skirt won't (go figure).
Korea in October | Namsan Park

October in Korea is when the autumn leaves start to turn.

Korea in October | Packing List

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

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
  • t-shirts, lightweight sweaters, hoodies, cardigans
  • jeans, trousers, leggings
  • skirts or dresses
  • light jacket, windbreaker or shell
  • sunglasses, eyeglasses, contact lenses
  • deodorant, feminine hygiene items
  • comfortable shoes for lots of walking
  • any special medications you need

Buy in Korea

  • umbrella if it rains / parasol
  • disposable air pollution / medical 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)

korea in october | pink muhly at olympic park October in South Korea is absolute perfection.

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Korea in October: Essential Info and FAQs

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Is October a good time to visit Korea? Comfortable temperatures, stunning autumn foliage and crystal clear air make October one of the very best months of the year to visit Korea.
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How cold is Korea in October? During daylight hours, average high temperatures are a very pleasant 20°C | 68°F. Average low temperatures for the month of October in Korea are 10°C | 50°F, but there’s little humidity or rainfall to worry about. It can feel quite chilly at night though.
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Does it snow in Korea in October? The chances of seeing snow in October is very small. The first snowfall in Korea isn't usually until late into November, with the highest snowfall in January and February.
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What can I do in Korea in October? October is autumn in Korea, so you can see beautiful fall foliage landscapes, fields of pink muhly and silver grass, or attend one of the many festivals around the country.

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