What To Do In Seoul In February
February is one of the least popular months to visit South Korea, but if you like traveling in winter and don’t mind the cold then Korea is an excellent destination. You can still enjoy all the wonders of winter without having to endure the extreme cold temperatures. Read on to find out what to do in Seoul in February!
- Things To Know About Traveling To Seoul In February
- Seoul Weather In February
- What To Wear In Korea In February
- What To Do In Seoul In February
- What To Do In February Outside Seoul?
- Frequently Asked Questions
Things To Know About Traveling To Seoul In February
Listed below are links to relevant articles which have great info about visiting Seoul during February.
- Does is snow in Seoul? – The highest snowfall in Korea and in Seoul happens during January but there are still a couple of days of snow in February. Click here for more info about snow in Seoul here.
- Best Accommodation During February? – February is of season, so there are plenty of affordable options when it comes to checking out hotels or accommodations. Consider staying in a cosy tradition hanok in Seoul. Find all hanok and other accommodation options here.
- Example Itineraries – Make use of our example 4 day, 5 day and 7 day Seoul itineraries to help plan your trip.
Seoul Weather In February
The temperatures in February in Seoul are slight higher than the previous month. The temperature in Seoul in February lies between -5°C and +5°C but this goes up towards the end of the month. There are around 3 rainy/snowy days during this month.
What To Wear In Korea In February
It can still get quite cold in Seoul during February so make sure to layer up. Bring the following items: very warm jacket, sweaters, long sleeve t-shirts, thick long trousers, long johns, woollen socks, waterproof shoes, hat, scarf, gloves, sunglasses, lip balm and hot packs. Click here for more info about what to wear in Korea in winter.
Pro Tip! Make your visit to the tomato festival in Hwacheon stress free and simple by booking an organized bus tour. Click here for more info.
What To Do In Seoul In February
There are plenty of things to do when in Seoul during February. You’ll probably want to spend as much time as possible indoors to escape the winter colds but luckily Seoul is a huge city with lots of indoor opportunities to spend a nice time indoors.
1. Eat Yummy Winter Street Snacks
There are lots of markets in Seoul where you can enjoy the best winter snacks. Namdaemun Market, Gwangjang Market, Tonging Market or Myeongdong Night Market are the best options to find the yummiest winter snacks. Make sure to try Tteokbokki, Goguma, Bungeoppang and Hotteok. If you are new to Seoul and want to learn more about the different snacks, consider booking a food tour of Seoul. Listed below are some of the best tours to take:
- Food Tour of Gwangjang Market (Click here for 40$ discount coupon)
- Vegan/Vegetarian Food Tour of Gwangjang Market
- Food Tour of Namdaemun Market and Myeongdong Market
2. Enjoy A Hot Traditional Jjimjilbang
A Jjimjilbang is a Korean traditional bathhouse where you can bade, go to the sauna or even take a rest in the sleeping room. Going to a Jjimjilbang is a unique experience all year around but is extra nice when it’s freezing cold outside. Seoul has a couple of excellent bath houses including Dragon Hill Spa, Siloam Spa, Spa Lei and The Spa in Garden 5. Learn all about the Jjimjilbang etiquette and how to behave in a Jjimjilbang here.
3. Go Ice Skating
Each year during the winter periods a couple of ice skating rinks open up all over the city. The most known and popular one is at Seoul City Hall. It is a rather small ice skating rink but tickets only cost 1000 krw. This ice skating rink stays open until the 2nd week of February. Other ice skating rinks include:
- Grand Hyatt Ice Skating Rink (December Till February)
- Banyantree Spa Ice Skating Rink (Until February 23rd, 2020)
- Olympic Park Ice Skating Rink (Until February 2nd, 2020)
- Lotte World Ice Skating Rink (Open all year around)
NOTE: Check official website for opening hours. Outdoor ice rinks may close earlier due to warm weather.
4. Play Games
Arcade Games are super popular in Korea and can be found in every city. Seoul is heaven for gamers as it has arcade rooms, board game cafes, escape rooms, themed game cafes and much more. Listed below are all the most popular venues for anyone who likes gaming.
- VR Arcade in Hongdae
- Retro Game Bar
- Hongdae Escape Room
- VAUNCE Trampoline Park & Obstacle Course
- Indoor Archery Experience in Gangnam
- Korean Basketball League: Seoul Samsung Thunders Home Game Ticket
5. Spend Time In A Traditional Tea House
Korean tea is absolutely splendid! You’ll find all sorts of tea, made with all kinds of leaves, roots, flowers, fruits, grains, edible mushrooms and even seaweed. The best area to find traditional tea houses in Seoul is in Insadong. Here you’ll find many stunning traditional tea houses where you can spend a lovely time. Tea is often served with traditional Korean snacks like rice cookies, dried fruit or rice cakes.
TIP: Shin Old Tea House in Insadong is an excellent choice when looking for a traditional tea house. But if you are just walking around in the back alleys of Insadong you’ll stumble upon many other excellent tea houses.
TIP 2: My favourite tea to have in one of these tea houses in the Omija Berry Tea. Very light but refreshing.
6. Enjoy A Buffet Han River Cruise
Going a Han River cruise is the perfect way to see the stunning skyline of Seoul, from Yeouido Park all the way to Banpo Bridge and beyond. There are different kind of Han River cruises available like the music cruise or the fireworks cruise.
7. Lotte World, The Indoor Theme Park
Going to Lotte World on a cold day is the perfect things to do with kids in Seoul as 70% of all the attractions are indoor. Lotte World Amusement Park is the biggest indoor theme park in the world and is surrounded by other enormous indoor entertainment and shopping complex, including an aquarium and hotels. Find more info and entrance prices here.
TIP: consider combining your visit to Lotte World with Lotte Tower, Lotte Aquarium or Lotte Folk Museum. Find more info about combo tickets here.
What To Do In February Outside Seoul?
If you are staying in Seoul for a couple of days and have the time to take some day trips then read on as listed below are the best things to do outside Seoul during February.
1. Go Skiing
Skiing is the ultimate Korea winter activity as the country is filled with the best ski resorts! For beginner skiers, visiting Vivaldi Park in Gangwon-do is highly recommended. The ski resort is located just a 1h30 drive away from Seoul and free shuttle buses are available to all visitors. More info and prices about skiing in Vivaldi park here.
2. Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival
The Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm runs until March and is just stunning. The whole garden is filled with over 30 000 coloured lights which creates a festive glow and cozy atmosphere. The lights get turned on at sunset and the garden stays open till 9 PM (11 PM on Saturdays).
TIP! Book a tour to Garden of Morning calm and combine it with a visit to Snowy Land. Find more info and entrance ticket prices here.
3. Visit Santa Village In Buncheon
Even though Christmas is over, it’s never too late to visit Santa Village in Buncheon. Santa Village is filled with all kinds of Santa statues and Christmas decorations. It’s a bit eclectic but quite cosy. A visit to Santa Village is best combined with a strawberry picking experience or visiting Yangpyeong Dumulmeori, where the K-Drama She Was Pretty was filmed. Find more info about the village and day tours here.
TIP! There is another Santa Village in Pocheon Herb Island. The small theme park is located just an hour away from Seoul.
Frequently Asked Questions
During February there are averagely 2-3 snowy days, but this depends from year to year. Some years there is more snow that other years.
The temperature during February in Seoul lies between -5°C and +5°C but this goes up towards the end of the month.