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korea in september | anseong farmland

After the searing temperatures and exhausting humidity of Korea in August, we all breathe a collective sigh of relief in Korea in September.

Welcome to one of the very best months of the year in South Korea!

korea in september | anseong farmland

Visiting Korea in September is an excellent idea!

In this guide, you’ll learn:

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

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Visiting Korea in September

If you’ve planned your trip to South Korea for September, you’re in for a wonderful time! With golden light and comfortable weather, it’s easy to feel optimistic this month.

Whether it’s challenging yourself with a hike up Bukhansan, seeing the sights from the deck of a luxury yacht on the Han River, or scooting around Seoul on an e-bike, September is definitely a month to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

korea in september | hangang river sunset

Sunsets in Korea in September are simply glorious.

In Korea in September, kids are back in school, and the epic crowds seeking peak autumn foliage haven’t arrived yet. So booking tours and the ideal accommodation in Seoul is relatively easier, and more affordable than in October and November.

However, the Chuseok holiday falls from September 28th to 30th in 2023. At this time, everyone and their dog is traveling around Korea, so there are huge traffic jams and booking KTX tickets is very difficult. It’s best to stay put in Seoul during Chuseok.

autumn in seoul | seoul forest ginkgo trees

You’ll have to wait until October or November to see this kind of fall foliage in Korea.

There’s also plenty to keep you entertained in South Korea in September, with some truly unique festivals and events set to take place in this first month of autumn. I’ll cover these a bit later on in this guide.

Korea in September | Weather

After the oppressiveness of summer in Korea, the September weather feels just a little bit like heaven. This is one of the best months to visit Korea climate-wise, with ideal temperatures, minimal humidity, and glorious sun-filled days.

korea in september | changdeokgung palace

The weather in Korea in September is ideal.

However, there’s an overall cooling trend in Korea during September, with daytime high temperatures decreasing 4°C | 8°F, from 27°C | 81°F to 23°C | 73°F over the course of the month.

It’s still hot enough across the country to be out in shorts and t-shirts for the first few weeks of September in Korea, but it’s wise to prepare a sweater or light jacket for evenings. Near the end of the month, it can feel downright chilly at night, with average lows of 17°C | 63°F.

korea in september | korean folk village

It’s warm enough for shorts in the beginning of September in South Korea © Live Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

Korea Weather in September Quick Guide


Average Lows

Average Highs



22°C | 72°F

30°C | 85°F

364-mm | 14.33-inches


25°C | 77°F

28°C | 82°F

204-mm | 8.03-inches

Jeju Island

24°C | 76°F

30°C | 86°F

263-mm | 10.35-inches


21°C | 70°F

27°C | 81°F

293-mm | 11.54-inches


23°C | 73°F

31°C | 88°F

278-mm | 10.94-inches


22°C | 72°F

29°C | 83°F

212-mm | 8.35-inches

Korea in September | Seoul Weather

With average temperatures ranging from 17°C | 63°F to a still warm 26°C | 78.°F, the Seoul weather in September is simply wonderful. It cools down as we head into Seoul’s incredible autumn season, but jeans and multiple layers are all that’s required for exploring comfortably this month.

korea in september | changdeokgung palace

You don’t need more than a light jacket and layers to explore Korea comfortably in September.

The humidity decreases quickly in Seoul in September, and by the end of the month, it sits at just 3%. There are about 9 days of rain, totalling approximately 170-mm, on average, but it’s not really anything to worry about.

korea in september | peaceland in pocheon

September in Korea is such an incredible relief.

*Personal note: Can we get a hallelujah!? I spend most of Korea’s July and August with AC on 24/7, hiding inside, and wearing black, because the sweat from all that humidity really isn’t pretty.

Last year, by the end of August – the weather changed dramatically over the course of the about 3 days. My AC was off, there’s little to no humidity, and it’s even a bit chilly in the evenings if there’s a breeze. Sunsets are glorious, the sky is crystal clear and the weather is literally perfection.

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namsan mountain in autumn

Korea Weather in September | Busan

With its location on Korea’s southeastern coast, Busan in September is cooler than Seoul. It has average daily temperatures ranging from 21°C | 70°F to 24°C | 76°F. It rains for approximately 9 days, but precipitation only totals about 70-mm over the entire month.

korea in september | haedong yonggungsa temple in busan

September is an excellent time to see Busan’s gorgeous Haedong Yonggungsa Temple © Lee Beomsu, Korea Tourism Organization

If you don’t mind a cooler sea, it’s still possible to swim at Busan’s beaches. The water temperature sits at 25°C | 77°F in September in Korea, and there’s plenty of sunshine to enjoy. Be sure to slather on that sunscreen though – the UV index is still very high.

SMALL GROUP AND PRIVATE TOURS  |  Major attractions like Taejongdae Cliff, Songdo Skywalk, Gamcheon Culture Village, and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple are spread out in several different areas of Busan. Make the most of your limited time with tailored small group or private tours. Check options here.

Korea Weather in September | Jeju Island

In September, average temperatures on Jeju Island range from 20°C | 69°F and 26°C | 78.4°F with 11 days of rain, totalling approximately 220-mm of precipitation.

korea in september | gwakji beach in jeju

You can still swim at gorgeous Gwakji Beach in September.

The water temperature is 25°C | 76°F, so you can still swim comfortably at one of Jeju’s gorgeous beaches.

GETTING AROUND JEJU ISLAND  |  Jeju is a surprisingly large island, and public transit can be slow and time-consuming. If you don’t have a ton of time, your best options are to rent a car and drive yourself, or join a group tour of major Jeju Island sites.

Korea Weather in September | Gangneung (Gangwon-do)

The Korea weather in September on East Coast beaches is typically quite a bit cooler than in the interior. In Gangneung in September, the average daily temperatures ranges from 16°C | 60°F to 21°C | 70.5°F. The sea temperature hovers around 22°C | 71.2°F – which makes for uncomfortable swimming, for most people.

korea in september | east coast

The East Coast of Korea can be chilly, even in summer.

In my experience. the East Coast can feel quite chilly even in summer time, so be prepared with some heavier weight clothing.

AFFORDABLE TAXI TOUR OF GANGNEUNG  | This 3 hour private taxi tour of Gangneung area sites provides incredible value at just 37,500 won per car (max 4 people). See famous sites like the BTS bus stop, Anmok Beach Coffee Street, Gyeongpo Lake, or Ohjukheon at your own pace.

Looking for other fun things to do in the Gangneung area? Check day and all-inclusive tour options here.

Korea in September | Typhoons

Typhoon season in South Korea is from July to September. At this time a few year ago, Typhoon Hinnamnor was barreling towards Jeju Island. It was at Korea’s highest typhoon rating, with a maximum wind speed of 55-m per second – strong enough to collapse a building.

typhoons in korea | Maemiseong with rocky beach and sea in front

Maemiseong Fortress was built to protect the land, after Typhoon Maemi hit Korea (the last super strong typhoon).

If a typhoon should hit while you’re visiting Korea in September, it’s best to stay indoors, shut the windows tight and avoid places where there could be flooding or mudslides… and maybe avoid Jeju Island.

Limited Edition Autumn Tours in Korea

These autumn tours in Korea only take place for a few months each year, and they get booked up fast, because space and timing for them is limited. If you’ve got your heart set on seeing any of these places during autumn in Korea, I recommend reserving a spot as soon as you can.

wondae-ri birch forest

Wondae-ri Birch Forest looks like a dream © Dodream, Korea Tourism Organization

Limited edition autumn day tours available in Korea are TBA for 2024.

naejangsan national park

Naejangsan is in peak foliage in early November © IR Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

Korea in September | Best Festivals and Events

When September hits Korea, it’s like we all wake up from a deep summer hibernation, fully recharged and ready to explore the country. The streets are packed and the mood is vibrant.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but here’s a rundown of some of the major festivals and events to check out in Korea in September.

cherry blossoms in korea | gyeongpodae

Cherry blossom festivals take over Korea in April ⓒ Gangwon Office, Korea Tourism Office

Visiting Korea at another time of the year? Learn about weather and festivals for other months in Korea, in the following detailed guides.

chilgapsan ice fountain festival

Snow and ice festivals happen during winter in Korea.

SEASONAL LOCAL FESTIVALS TOUR  |  Going to a festival in Korea is one of the best ways to get insight into local culture, while exploring new parts of the country. There’s always one happening SOMEWHERE in Korea. The Daegu Chimaek Festival is the current festival offering.

Check festivals departing from Seoul    |   Check festivals departing from Busan.

Seoul Light & DDP Autumn Festival | 서울라이트 가을

Festival Dates: TBA for 2024, August 31st – September 10th last year

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 Dongdaemun Design Plaza’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!

In previous years, attendance was 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.

Gyeongbokgung at Night | 경복궁 야간 특별관람

Dates: TBA for 2024, September 1st – October 29th last year

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

korea in september | gyeongbokgung palace at night

Enter Gyeongbokgung at night free, if you’re wearing a hanbok.

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 September isn’t too hot or too cold.

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.

Changdeokgung Palace Moonlight Tour | 무주 반딧불축제

Festival Dates: TBA for 2024, Thursdays – Sundays, from September 7th – October 22nd last year

Address: 326-14, Hanpungnu-ro, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do | 전라북도 무주군 한풍루로 326-14 등나무운동장

Moonlight tours of UNESCO listed Changdeokgung Palace are back for a 13th year. To allow more visitors access to this stunning experience, the maximum number of daily visitors has been raised to 150, from 100.

Tours are offered at 7:00, 7:05, 7:10, 7:35, 7:50, 7:55, and 8:00PM. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, and tickets cost 30,000 won each.

Applications for September time slots open on Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis on Interpark. A maximum of 2 tickets can be purchased per person.

Check their website for more details.

Jecheon International Music & Film Festival | 제천국제음악영화제

Festival Dates: September 5th – 10th, 2024

Address: 14-1, Uibyeong-daero 12-gil, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | 충청북도 제천시 의병대로12길 14-1 (명동)

The Jecheon International Music and Film Festival typically takes place during August in Korea, and showcases movies and documentaries that combine film and music, in gorgeous natural settings.

There’s a separate musical program that features live concerts, outdoors on the shores of Cheongpung Lake and Uilimji. Check details here.

Muju Firefly Festival | 무주 반딧불축제

Festival Dates: August 31st – September 8th, 2024

Address: 326-14, Hanpungnu-ro, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do | 전라북도 무주군 한풍루로 326-14 등나무운동장

Muju is a natural habitat for fireflies, so it’s possible to see a field full of romantic flickering lights easily at the Muju Firefly Festival in Korea in September. You can enjoy traditional performances and concerts, but the highlights are definitely night programs, like firefly exploration and stargazing.

Most programs are free, but online reservation in advance is required for both stargazing (5,000 won) and firefly exploration (15,000 won). Check their website for more details.

Hyoseok Culture Festival | 평창효석문화제

Festival Dates: TBA for 2024, September 8th – 17th last year

Address: 157, Ihyoseok-gil, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do | 강원도 평창군 봉평면 이효석길 157 (봉평면)

Held yearly to commemorate Lee Hyo-seok’s popular novel, “When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom,” the Hyoseok Culture Festival is unfortunately cancelled for 2022.

korea in september | buckwheat flowers

Buckwheat flowers bloom in Korea in September © Kim Jiho, Korea Tourism Organization

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your way to Bongpyeong to see the Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village and Memorial Hall to learn about the book, and see the beautiful fields of buckwheat flowers that bloom every September in Korea.

Learn all about the festival here.

DISCOUNTED NANTA SHOW TICKETS  |  Nanta is Korea’s longest running show for a reason. Watch an incredibly entertaining performance that mixes acrobatics, comedy, and percussion using kitchen utensils. Best of all, it’s nonverbal, so anyone can enjoy this show, regardless of language. Check availability of Nanta tickets here.

Seoul Fashion Week

WHEN: TBA for 2024, F/W March 15th – 19th | S/S September 5th – 9th last year

For the first time in 3 years, Seoul Fashion Week will be back full-force at Dongdaemun Design Plaza. This promises to be a gorgeous event with all the cutting-edge style, spectacular shows, and celebrities you’d expect from Korea’s premier fashion event.

Chuseok | 추석

Festival Dates: September 16th – 18th, 2024

Address: Everywhere!

Chuseok is a major mid-autumn harvest festival that’s celebrated every year on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Lunar Calendar, to coincide with the full harvest moon. This is one of the biggest and most important holidays in Korea in September.

Korea in September | Chuseok at Seoul Norimadang

Chuseok is one of the best times to catch a traditional performance

You could think of Chuseok, as Korean Thanksgiving, because family members travel from all over the country to gather together in their hometowns, share a big meal, and give thanks to their ancestors through traditional rituals like Charye and Seongmyo.

For travelers, Chuseok is an excellent time to learn about Korea’s culture, by playing traditional games, eating songpyeon, and watching folk performances. Check out my full guide on what to do in Seoul during Chuseok for some ideas.

korea in september | songpyeon for chuseok

Songpyeon is usually eaten at Chuseok © Live Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

Taste of Seoul | 테이스트오브서울

Festival Dates: TBA for 2024,  September 16th – 22nd last year

Address: All over Seoul

If you’re visiting Korea in September, 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.

Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival | 한성백제문화제

Festival Dates: TBA for 2024, September 22nd – 24th last year

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 september | olympic park seoul

There’s a lot to see and do at and near Olympic Park in Seoul.

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.

Great Baekje Festival | 백제문화제

Festival Dates: TBA for 2024, September 23rd – October 9th last year

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 september | Gongsanseong Fortress

Gongsanseong is a treasure of the Baekje Dynasty.

I haven’t gone to the festival yet (this might be the year!), but I have been to Gongju (TWICE!), and I highly recommend it. It’s 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.

Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival | 수원화성문화제

Festival Dates: TBA for 2024, September 23rd – November 4th last year

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 september | suwon hwaseong fortress

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

Held every September 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.

Andong Mask Dance Festival | 안동국제탈춤페스티벌

Festival Dates: September 27th – October 6th, 2024

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 September. 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 September © 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.

September in Korea | What to Wear

September in Korea is a shoulder month between summer and autumn. The weather can change quickly from hot to windy and cool this month, so it’s best to be prepared with multiple layers and weights of clothing to deal with the changing conditions.

korea in september | what to wear

By the end of September in Korea, you’ll want long sleeves and pants.

At the beginning of the month, temperatures are still relatively high, the sun is strong, and there’s some possibility of rain. I’m comfortable in shorts and t-shirts, even in the evenings, but I run pretty hot. Most locals are wearing jeans, leggings, skirts, long-sleeved shirts, and lighter weight sweaters, jackets, and windbreakers by the start of September in Korea.

By the end of the month (or even earlier), it’s cooled down enough that shorts and sandals would feel strange. Travellers from tropical climates would probably find it chilly, especially at night.

korea in september | deoksugung stone wall

You’ll log thousands of steps a day, when visiting Korea. Comfortable shoes are a must © Korea Tourism Organization

You’ll log a lot of miles while exploring Korea, so comfortable shoes are a must. I wear Loom waterproof sneakers, pretty much every day, I’m not wearing sandals, because they’re perfect for pretty much any conditions, stylish enough for city life, and actually 100% waterproof.

Tips for What to Wear in Korea in September

It's cooler at the end of September in Korea than at the beginning, so prepare accordingly. If you're visiting in the first week of September, there's a higher chance of rain, but you can pick up an umbrella easily here.
Koreans generally dress quite well. You'll stand out quite a bit if you're wearing a ``typical backpacker`` look.
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 september | hansol park

Korea in September is mostly very green.

Korea in September | Packing List

Here’s a rough guideline of items to pack for the Korea weather in September. Keep in mind that this is a shoulder month, and you’ll need warmer items if you’re traveling to Korea in the latter half of September.

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
  • shorts, capris
  • 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 september | sunset at jamsil hangang park

Get ready for some wonderful light in Korea in September.

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Korea in September: Essential Info and FAQs

Is September a good time to visit Korea? Gorgeous weather, clear skies, and less tourists make September one of the very best months of the year to visit Korea.
How cold is Korea in September? Average daily temperatures in Korea range from 17°C | 63°F to a still warm 26°C | 78.°F in September. It can feel a little chilly at night in the evenings, so it's best to prepare with a light sweater or jacket.
Is Korea hot in September? In Korea in September, temperatures and humidity progressively decrease over the course of the month to about 17°C | 63°F. It's generally a very comfortable month climate-wise, but can feel cooler at the end of the month.
What to do in Korea in September? There are various unique cultural festivals to go to all over Korea in September. Outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and picnicking are also very popular in September.

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


  • September 4, 2023

    wow, yeash yeash South Korea in September is pleasing.
    Love the photographs. <3


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