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korea in april | cherry blossoms in Daegu

In Korea in April, the lethargy of winter is officially taken over by glorious pink cherry blossoms, colourful flower festivals, and bright sunshine.

Add in the comfortable weather experienced during April in Korea, and it’s undeniably one of the best months of the year to visit the country.

korea in april | cherry blossoms in Daegu

April is one of the best times of the year to visit Korea!

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • what the weather is like during April in Korea
  • the Seoul weather in April and other major cities and tourist hotspots, including Busan, Sokcho, and Jeju
  • how to deal with the air quality
  • the best spring festivals to attend around the country in April
  • what to wear and the best things to pack for a successful trip to Korea in April

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Korea in April | Weather

Like all shoulder months, the weather in Korea in April has a little bit of everything. This is a transition month from winter to spring, so while daytime temperatures get increasingly comfortable, it’s still relatively chilly in the evenings, and can be downright cold at night. Especially at the beginning of the month.

changdeokgung, korea weather in april

In April, there’s some rainfall in Korea… but not enough to really stress about.

In April, average daily temperatures in Korea range from 7 to 18°C across the country. Towards the end of the month, there can be days that reach into the low 20s. There’s little humidity, but expect some rainfall. Keep in mind that it can still get quite cold in the evenings, with temperatures falling as low as 5°C.

Korea in April | Seoul Weather

Seoul in April, has average temperatures of 7 to 18°C. Climate wise, it’s one of the best times of the year to visit Korea. Daylight hours increase to 13, and there’s quite a bit of sunshine and blue sky during the day.

The Seoul weather in April has low humidity, but there are about 5 days of rain, totalling approximately 65mm, on average. It gets progressively warmer over the course of the month, but keep in mind that it’s still quite chilly at night. You’ll definitely need a jacket in the evenings.

gyeongbokgung palace in seoul

April is a perfectly lovely time of year to be in Seoul, climate-wise.

Is it cold in Seoul in April?

This is subjective. If you’re traveling from Southeast Asia or other tropical climates, you would probably find Seoul in April to be quite cold, especially at night. If you were raised somewhere like Canada, you’d find this month to be extremely comfortable, weather wise (like I do).

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panorama of busan

Korea Weather in April | Busan

Busan is located on the southern part of the Peninsula, so you can expect it to be a couple of degrees warmer than Seoul. It has average temperatures of 10 – 18°C. The sea temperature hovers around 15°C, so I definitely wouldn’t plan on swimming in Busan in April.

Korea Weather in April | Sokcho (East Coast)

Korea’s East Coast tends to be a bit cooler than the interior. In Sokcho in April, average daily temperatures range from 7 – 16°C. In my experience, it can feel quite chilly, even in summer, so plan accordingly.

views of jeongdongjin beach from the sun cruise resort

Views of Jeongdongjin Beach from the Sun Cruise Resort

In fact, we took a trip to Jeongjongjin Beach near Sokcho in July one year, and it was so cold and windy, it was impossible to go swimming!

Korea Weather in April | Jeju Island

Jeju is known as the “Hawaii of Korea,” but in April, temperatures are not much different than in Seoul. Averages range from 10 – 16°C, with 8 days of rain. Jeju is notorious for wind, so be sure to bring a warm jacket or windbreaker if you plan to visit.

gwakji beach jeju, korea weather in april

It looks warm enough to swim at Gwakji Beach in Jeju in April, but trust me… it’s not.

Korea in April | Air Quality

The one downside to traveling to Korea in April, might be the air quality.

In spring, windstorms originating in the Gobi Desert, travel across China, and land squarely on top of Korea in the form of yellow dust. This “hwangsa” colours the sky, with a grainy, yellowish cast. And unfortunately, it’s full of ultrafine and fine dust pollution.

yellow dust korea weather in april

Yellow dust and pollution can be an unfortunate part of visiting Korea in April.

It’s not just ugly, it can also be incredibly harmful to your health. If you’re visiting Korea in April, be sure to equip yourself with some kind of air pollution mask.

Those rated N95 or N99 are the best, since they filter out almost 100% of pollutants. There’s no need to prepare something in advance. You can pick up disposable air pollution masks in any pharmacy, convenience store or Daiso in Korea for just a few thousand won. The Korean equivalent of an N95 mask is called KF94.

korea air quality in april

Bad air is an unfortunate part of Korea weather in April, but at least the masks are cute?

Korea in April | Best Festivals and Events

In spring, cherry blossom festivals rightly steal everyone’s attention for the first few weeks of the month. But never fear, because even after al the pink is long gone, there’s always another festival happening somewhere in Korea!

Here’s what you can get up to during April in Korea.

gyeongju cherry blossom marathon in korea in april

The Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon takes place every April in Korea.

Korea in April | Cherry Blossom Festivals

In 2022, there are no cherry blossom festivals taking place due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, all the popular streets, areas, and venues are open to the public for cherry blossom viewing across Korea.

cherry blossoms in korea: jinhae

Seeing cherry blossoms in Korea in April is a must ⓒ Live Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

Cherry blossoms usually peak in Korea, during the first 2 weeks of April. Here are a few of the top cherry blossom festivals and locations in Korea:

Gyeongbokgung at Night | 경복궁 야간 특별관람

Dates: April 1st – May 29th, 2022

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

For a limited time, Gyeongbokgung Palace is opened up to the public at night. It’s definitely a special experience to see this gem of the Joseon Dynasty illuminated brilliantly against the night sky.

gwanghwamun gate gyeongbokgung palace at night in korea

Seeing Gyeongbokgung Palace at night is a special experience.

It’s open for viewing everyday from 7:00 to 9:30PM, except Mondays and Tuesdays, with the last entrance at 8:30. There are a limited number of tickets available online and limited tickets available for purchase (by non-Koreans) at the on-site ticket booth every night. Cost: 3,000 won.

This event is the perfect time to rent a hanbok in Seoul if you haven’t already done so, and get some epic pictures… especially since you can enter Gyeongbokgung totally free while wearing one (whether the maximum limit has been exceeded or not).

korea in april | child in korean hanbok at gyeongbokgung palace

Gyeongbokgung is an amazing backdrop for a photoshoot in a hanbok.

TIP  |  There are a ton of places to rent a hanbok in Seoul near Gyeongbokgung Palace. I’ve rented at Hanboknam multiple times and been very happy, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the rental shops. Check availability and prices for hanbok rental in Seoul here.

Taean Tulip Festival | 태안 세계튤립공원

Festival Dates: April 9th – May 9th, 2022

Address: 400, Kkotjihaean-ro, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do | 충청남도 태안군 안면읍 꽃지해안로 400

Held every year at Kkotji Beach Park, the Taean Tulip Festival is one of the biggest 5 tulip festivals in the world. There are literally millions of vibrant tulips arranged in stunning scenes and structures.

April in Korea | Taean Tulip Festival

Tulips on the brain? Head to Taean © Live Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

TIP  |  Taean is approximately 2.5 hours away from Seoul by car. This tour provides round-trip transportation, an English-speaking guide, and entrance tickets to the festival. Book a tour to the Taean Tulip Festival (only available on Saturdays, from April 16th – May 7th, 2022).

Goyang Flower Festival | 고양가을꽃축제

Festival Dates: April 22nd – 31st, 2022

Address: 595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 고양시 일산동구 호수로 595

The Goyang Flower Festival celebrates the beauty of spring flowers, with a huge expo at Ilsan Lake Park. This is the largest flower festival in Korea, with international exhibitors from over 40 countries taking part.

korea in april | goyang flower festival

Prepare to be wowed at the Goyang Flower Festival © Yeon So Jeong, (CC BY-SA 3.0)

You’ll be wowed by spectacular indoor and outdoor exhibits, made up of creative floral arrangements. There are also a number of experience areas, where you can try your hand at pressing flowers, wood art, and natural dying using flowers. Magic and bubble shows, musical performances, and flower water bikes on Ilsan Lake will keep the whole family entertained.

Directions: Jeongbalsan Station on Line 3, Exit 2. Walk for approximately 10 minutes to Ilsan Lake Park.

Busan Lotus Lantern Festival | 부산연등축제

Festival Dates: April 22nd – May 8th, 2022

Address: 121-1, Dongseong-ro 112beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan | 부산광역시 부산진구 동성로112번길 121-1

Buddhist or not, this is a festival that absolutely everyone can enjoy. Admire the lotus lanterns of every shape and size that are on brilliantly on display at Songsanghyeon Plaza and Busan Citizen’s Park.

korea in april | Suguksa temple in Seoul

Temples in Korea are decorated with lanterns leading up to Buddha’s birthday.

Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival | 연등회

Festival Dates: April 29th – May 1st, 2022

Address: 55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 종로구 우정국로 55

Seoul’s YeonDeungHoe or Lotus Lantern Festival is one of the biggest events of the year. Celebrated annually for centuries (until COVID ruined everything), this incredible festival marks Buddha’s birth, and is finally back after a 2 year hiatus.

There are a number of separate events to attend during the festival, including a lighting ceremony, cultural performances, traditional lantern exhibition, and lantern making experiences.

korea in april | yeon deung hoe korea

The UNESCO listed Lotus Lantern Parade is back after a 2 year hiatus.

The highlight is undoubtedly the Lotus Lantern Parade, where literally thousands of Buddhists carry lovely glowing lanterns, along a route that starts at Heunginjimun Gate and ends at Jogyesa Temple.

In 2022, the parade will take place on April 30th. It starts at 7:00PM, but I suggest arriving a bit earlier to get a good spot on the parade route.

Korea in April | What to Wear

To best deal with Korea’s weather in April, layers are the name of the game. Jeans, trousers, skirts with leggings or tights, and long-sleeved shirts or sweaters work well. Bring along a hoodie, cardigan or light jacket, in case the wind starts up, or there’s a brief cold snap.

gyeongbokgung korea in april

Trenchcoat, jeans, layers – Naia and her friend nailed it for what to wear for the Korea weather in April.

There is some precipitation in April, but rather than carry a cumbersome umbrella with you everywhere you go, I recommend picking one up on the fly at a convenience store or street stall, if it starts to rain. Umbrellas will pop up every which way you turn, as soon as the drops start falling.

Visiting Korea in April | Packing List

What you decide to pack to deal with the Korea weather in April has a lot to do with your personal style, but here’s a rough guideline of items to consider.

Tips for What to Wear in Korea in April

1
It's a lot colder at the beginning of April, than at the end, so prepare accordingly. If you're from a tropical climate, you might even need a hat and gloves at the start of the month.
2
Koreans generally dress quite well. You'll stand out quite a bit if you're wearing a ``typical backpacker`` look.
3
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 short skirt with leggings or tights won't (go figure).
korea in april | cherry blossoms in gurye

Cherry blossoms are one of the best parts of visiting Korea in April

Korea in April | Bring from Home

  • travel documents – passport, itineraries, hotel reservations, plane tickets, travel visas, insurance
  • adaptor / plug
  • reusable air pollution mask – Vogmask or similar
  • t-shirts
  • jeans, trousers or long pants of some kind
  • sweaters, hoodies, cardigans
  • skirts or dresses with leggings
  • light jacket, breaker or waterproof shell
  • sunglasses
  • deodorant, feminine hygiene items
  • comfortable shoes for lots of walking
  • any special medications you need
  • allergy medications if you’re sensitive to pollen and dust

Buy in Korea

  • umbrella if it rains
  • disposable air pollution masks
  • skincare products like sunscreen (high quality and cheap in Korea!)
향일암 여수 in spring

Temples around Korea are decorated in lanterns in April and May for Buddha’s birthday.

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Korea in April: Essential Info and FAQs

1
Is April a good time to visit Korea? April is the month when cherry blossoms appear in Korea, and the climate is very comfortable, so it's a wonderful time to visit the country.
2
How cold is Korea in April? Average daily temperatures in Korea range from 7 to 18°c in April. It's quite comfortable when the sun is out, but can feel cold if it's windy, and at night time.
3
Is it hot in Korea in April? In Korea in April, it's spring, so the the temperatures are mild and pleasant. It gets progressively warmer over the course of the month, but it's definitely not hot.
4
What to do in Korea in April? It's popular to visit various cherry blossom and flower festivals all over Korea in April. You could also go hiking or go biking near the Han River.

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

Comments:

  • January 22, 2020

    actually april sounds like good weather for me. Dont like it once it starts to warm up!

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