South Korea Landmarks

South korea climate

South Korea is in the temperate climate zone, but in winter the country has the lowest temperatures in these latitudes.

The year is divided into four different seasons (exceptions are some subtropical valleys and regions over 1,700 m high on the southern coast of Jejudo): The mild and relatively sunny spring begins at the end of March / beginning of April. During this time, winds often transport fine desert dust from the Gobi desert in Central Asia to South Korea. The summer is by southerly winds with moist hot air from the Philippines featured. In the summer monsoon (Jangma) rain and clear days alternate. It usually starts in late June / early July, during which time much of the annual rainfall falls. Midsummer is very hot, the 80 to 95% very high humidity is difficult to bear. During this time, the temperatures often rise above 30 ° C. Autumn begins with the onset of northwestern winds (around mid-September). Due to the dry continental air, it is very sunny with falling temperatures. The South Korean winter from November to March is very cold and dry with Siberian winds.

Jejudo Island off the south coast is the warmest and wettest place in the country.

Best time to go to South Korea

The best time to visit South Korea is autumn from September to November. It is sunny, the sky is clear, and Korea’s landscape is spectacular due to the autumn colors. Winter is cold but dry, and a good time to visit if you love skiing and crisp temperatures and don’t like crowds of tourists. Spring (April to May) is also nice, but it is also the most popular time for Japanese tourists. You will find it difficult to find medium to expensive accommodations in spring. Summer is hot, humid, muggy, crowded, typhoon-prone and expensive.

South Korea Sightseeing Places


Currency: 1 South Korean won equals 100 chon

Currency abbreviation: KRW (ISO code), werden – ABBREVIATIONFINDER.ORG

banknotes worth 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 won are used. Coins are issued in 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 won amounts.

Exchange rate:
October 2009
1 US dollar = 1182 won
1 euro = 1742 won
1 Swiss franc = 1147 won


South Korea has a lot of different sights and attractions to offer.

In no case should you miss the capital of South Korea, Seoul. The city has more than ten million inhabitants and is considered one of the largest cities in the world. So it is not the economic center of the country, but also has an exciting cultural life to offer.

South Korea Landmarks

In Seoul you can visit several centuries-old palaces and monasteries, as well as various museums and some theaters. Anyone interested in the film should visit Pusan ​​in October, as the international film festival takes place there at that time. Pusan ​​is also the country’s largest port handling center.

Bulguksa is also worth a visit. This is a Buddhist temple in the city of Gyeongju. It was built in 751 on the ruins of its predecessor. The temple is the most important sanctuary in South Korea and is on the World Heritage List.

Also worth seeing is the Haedong Yonggungsa temple in Busan. It was built in 1376.
The Tongdosa temple is also worth a visit. It was built in 646. The temple complex comprises thirty-five buildings and pagodas and fourteen smaller temples.
Other sacred buildings in South Korea include the Haeinsa temple in Hapcheon-gun, the Seokguram grotto and the communal temple complex.

An absolute must is the Punsan Tower lookout tower in the city of the same name. It is 120 meters high and was built in the late 1970s.
The Seoul Tower is also worth a visit. The city of Seoul TV tower is more than 230 meters high. From there you have a wonderful view of the city.

You should also have seen the Kwang Ahn bridge in Pusan. At 7.5 kilometers, it is the longest in the country and serves as a connection between the city and the new port.

A visit to the Chongmyo shrine will certainly be interesting. Here you can see the pedigree of the Chonson kings and their wives. The shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Hwsong Fortress is also a World Heritage Site. It was built in 1792 to demonstrate the strength of the weakened royal family. Another must-see is the Changdokkung Palace in Seoul. It was built in 1405. Changdokkung Palace was the seat of government of the Yi Dynasty from 1609-1867. The palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

Other interesting attractions in South Korea are the Tripitaka Koreana in the Hein Temple, the National Palace Center, the Tea Museum, the Korean National Museum and the Jongmyo Shrine. There is definitely a lot going for tourists in South Korea.

There are even natural beauties to experience in South Korea. So you should definitely not miss the Seongsan Ilchulbong summit. The mountain crater is sixty meters in diameter and ninety meters deep.

You should also visit the Hwajin lagoon. This is a special area and a bird protection region of the Gangwon province. There is a wide variety of bird species to be seen here for tourists. Other interesting sights of natural origin are the Seoraksan Mountain Range, the Seorak Sunrise Park and the Jeongbang Waterfall.