VisIting Seoul in June – Everything You Need to Know
Seoul. A marvel of a destination that attracts over 13 million visitors every year. As soon as you step foot in this city, you’ll quickly get to know that it’s unlike anywhere else on the planet. Most tourists that pay a visit to South Korea will spend most of their time in the capital, and with good reason. With so many historical sights, markets, restaurants, bars and an epic nightlife scene, what’s not to love? If you’re thinking about visiting Seoul in June, be sure to read on.
In this guide, we share everything you need to know about visiting in this month, including Seoul weather in June, average temperatures, crowd levels and much more.
Is Seoul a good place to visit in June?
June is a very popular month to visit the city. Summer officially begins at the start of June, and lots of locals start to break up from work and school, ready for the summer term. Temperatures are starting to heat up, though it’s not as hot as the peak summer months of July and August. The heavy rains also don’t start until July, so you can expect low rainfall and guaranteed good weather for sightseeing. Combine the good weather with everything being open and you have great conditions for a trip to Seoul. April – June and September – November is regarded as the best months to visit.
How is the weather in Seoul in June?
As we’ve mentioned above, June marks the beginning of a hot summer, but temperatures are still very manageable, and it isn’t too humid. It’s hot, but an enjoyable hot. You won’t feel the need to dash under and air-con unit as you would in July or August. Expect low rainfall and clear, sunny skies. You may have the occasional overcast or rainy day, but overall, the weather is good. Pack t-shirts, shorts and a hat to stay cool whilst sightseeing.
What’s the average temperature in Seoul in June?
The month of June in South Korea is known as ‘shoulder month,’ where it enters the beginning of monsoon season, but isn’t yet overly hot. In the month of June in Seoul, you’ll experience an average of 21 degrees Celsius and highs of 26 degrees Celsius. It’s worth noting that temperatures will feel hotter due to the humidity in June.
As Seoul is located in the north of South Korea, it experiences distinct seasons throughout the year. You can expect high temperatures during the summer months, and freezing temperatures in the winter.
Does it rain in Seoul in June?
June marks the start South Korea’s monsoon season, and with that, rain can be expected. However, visiting at the start of the month will reduce your chances of rain. The later you visit in the month, the greater the chance of rain. In general, rainfall in June is still quite low and you won’t see heavy rainfall until July.
What clothing should I pack?
Seoul brings warm and slightly humid weather in June, so it’s important to pack the right clothing. Whilst the weather is predictable in Seoul, we always recommend packing additional items, just to be on the safe side.
- Shorts, ideally made from cotton or linen to keep you cool.
- Light summer dresses
- Trainers/ comfortable shoes for walking. Even if you’re not planning on hiking, it’s important to opt for comfort over fashion. You can expect to walk a lot during your visit to Seoul!
- A light rain jacket. You never know when it could rain in the city, so be prepared and bring a waterproof coat.
Is Seoul busy in June?
June is a popular time to visit Seoul due to its warm and sunny weather. If you’re looking to visit in the summer, June is the least crowded summer month in the city, compared to the likes of July and August where it’s at its peak. Streets during the week will be filled with tourists, but the weekends are busier as locals like to enjoy a meal out with colleagues and friends.
Is everything open in June?
If you visit Seoul in June, you can expect the streets to be packed with vendors trying to sell food, snacks, souvenirs and even skin care. The city’s main attractions are open most days but be sure to check online for exact opening hours. Shops, cafés, bars and restaurants are also open most days, but a handful close on Sundays especially if they’re family run. The main high street stores are open daily and often don’t close until late, making evenings the perfect time for a spot of shopping. The good news is that if a shop or restaurant in closed, you can head next door. There are so many eating out options in Seoul, you’re guaranteed to find somewhere that’s open.
What outdoor activities can I do in June?
Aside from visiting the city’s main attractions, Seoul comes to life in the summer. It’s a great chance to experience life outdoors and be with nature. There are so many lush parks around the city for you to walk around or grab a picnic, as well as hiking trails if you’re feeling adventurous. Embark on a hike to Bukhansan National Park and enjoy some of the most incredible views of the city.
Other great outdoor attractions to check out in Seoul in June include:
- Seoul Forest
- Seoul Fortress Walls
- Haneul Park
- Banpo Hangang Park and river walk
The best places to stay in Seoul in June
If you’re thinking of visiting Seoul in June but are struggling to decide on where to stay, we’ve put together a list of the best areas in the city below. As June is the start of the peak summer season, we recommend booking your accommodation way ahead of time before prices increase due to demand.
Myeongdong, in our opinion is the best neighbourhood to stay in Seoul for first-time visitors. It provides excellent access to transportation (especially the metro) and is in a great location to see the main sights. Myeongdong is known as a centre for shopping, and wow, it doesn’t disappoint. From high street stores and local shops to higher end designer shops, it offers something for everyone. The area comes to life in the evening with its night market stalls. Be sure to have a walk around and sample the tasty street food on offer.
For those that are interested in the cultural side of Seoul, we highly recommend staying in the neighbourhood of Insadong. Here, you’ll be a stone’s throw away from the traditional Insadong Hanok Villages, Gyeongbukgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple. The area of Insadong also has various parks if you fancy a summer picnic. There’s a real traditional feel to this area of the city. You’ll find many traditional Korean craft shops, souvenirs, clothing and much more. Be sure to stop by at a tea house and dine on the floor, the Korean way!
If you’re looking to splash out a little during your visit to Seoul, why not stay in the legendary neighbourhood of Gangnam? The area has grown massively in popularity, ever since the K-Pop sensation, Psy, took the music world by storm. Gangnam used to be just another area tourists knew nothing about…oh, how times have changed! Gangnam is an economic hub for companies like Google and IBM and it’s full of high-rise buildings. It’s a good place to shop or enjoy a stay in a luxury hotel. Be sure to stop by the famous Gangnam statue, COEX mall for some shopping and the world-famous Starfield Library.
Hongdae is one of Seoul’s most trendy neighbourhoods. Popular with younger generations, it’s the best place to stay for lots going on in the evening. Hongdae is a very hip and urban area of Seoul, and with it being right next to Hongik University, it’s extremely popular with students. There are lots of computer rooms, arcades, karaoke booths, cafés and bars on every single street. It’s a great place to stay if you value great nightlife, food and unique, quirky Korean things. It’s slightly away from the main tourist sites but you can easily get around the city using the local metro.
Calling all foodies, this one’s for you! Itaewon is known as Seoul’s foodie paradise, and we can definitely see why. An area that’s not only popular amongst tourists, but also locals and expats, you’ll find restaurants on every corner. Not only will you find delicious Korean food here, but also restaurants serving cuisines from around the world. The location is popular with non-Koreans that have moved to Seoul. It also has a bustling nightlife scene and lots of unique shops, cafes and bars.
Top tips for visiting Seoul in June
- Make the most out of the sunny weather and head out of the busy city. Take a walk in the park, go for a hike or have a picnic and watch the sunset. Seoul is so much fun in the summer months, so make the most of it! We highly recommend visiting Bukhansan National Park, which is located just outside of the city.
- If possible, travel to Seoul at the start of June. The weather at the beginning of the month is a little less hot and humid and there’s less chance of rain showers.
- Book your hotel in advance. June is a popular time to visit Seoul, and with that, accommodation prices start to increase the closer you get to your arrival date. Book your hotels ahead of time to get the best deals.
- Google Maps don’t work properly in South Korea. Be sure to download ‘Kakao Maps’ to navigate your way around the city. There is free Wi-Fi absolutely everywhere so you can always stay connected.
- Order attraction tickets online. Where possible, book tickets to popular attractions such as the palaces and Seoul Tower in advance. You’ll get to skip the queues and will save a lot of time.
- Begin your day early. Head out straight after breakfast to explore the city. Not only do attractions get busy from 11am-midday, but the temperatures for sightseeing are also a lot more pleasant on a morning.
- Be prepared for all types of weather as South Korea weather can be unpredictable. Be sure to pack a light waterproof jacket, as it could rain at any time!
- Make the most out of public transport. The metro is the way to get around in Seoul. It’s fast, reliable and frequent. No need to get taxis, as they’re more expensive and you often get caught up in city traffic.
We hope you enjoyed reading our guide on visiting Seoul in June. It’s a great time to visit the capital of South Korea and we highly recommend it. In addition to Seoul, we recommend visiting a beach destination such as Busan or Jeju Island. Both of these beach destinations make great June summer holiday spots. If you have any questions about visiting Seoul in June or want to share your own experience, be sure to post a comment below.
BY SUSIEAuthor bio:
I’m a passionate traveller that loves a sunny beach holiday, but also appreciate the cultural side to a trip and checking out undiscovered destinations. I’m the go-to Toucan Traveller for great holiday stories, cool photos and foodie recommendations.