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Rainy season is coming to South Korea! This is how to prepare for it! [Monsoon guide]

With heavy rains canceling flights and ruining travel plans over the three-day Children's Day holiday, here's a guide on how you can prepare yourself and your family from South Korea's upcoming rainiest season!

The exact dates of the (Jangma) Monsoon season are not fixed, it's typically in June or early July for 4-6 weeks, and of course, during this time, it will be VERY humid and unpleasant.

The monsoon brings heavy rainfall which can last for several weeks, making it essential for travelers to be prepared for the wet weather. Although it may seem inconvenient, the rainy season offers a unique atmosphere and opportunities to explore indoor attractions and try delicious comfort food. By understanding the rainy season, packing appropriately, and taking necessary precautions, travelers can make the most of their trip to Korea during this time!

Where to go during the rainy season?

For indoor attractions during the rainy season, shopping centers and markets are also popular destinations during the rainy season. Korea is known for its vibrant shopping scene, with countless malls, department stores, and street markets to explore. In Seoul, popular shopping districts include Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, and Gangnam. These areas offer a mix of international brands and local boutiques, ensuring there is something for everyone! In Daegu especially there are indoor aquariums, cinemas, and theme parks, which are great to visit during this time of year!

Indoor theme parks and entertainment venues are another option for rainy-day activities. Lotte World in Seoul is one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world and offers a variety of rides and attractions suitable for all ages. Other options include VR arcades, karaoke rooms (known as noraebang), and indoor sports facilities, so try not to feel disappointed during the rainy season as there are still heaps of things to see and do in Korea!

What should I pack during the rainy season?

Photo: Rainy Incheon
Photo: Rainy Incheon

First and foremost, make sure to use umbrellas and raincoats effectively. Carry a compact umbrella with you at all times and be prepared to open it at a moment’s notice. Invest in a high-quality umbrella that is windproof and durable.

If you prefer not to carry an umbrella, a raincoat or poncho can be a convenient alternative. Look for lightweight options that are easy to pack and carry around. Make sure the raincoat has a hood to protect your head from getting wet.

When navigating the streets during heavy rainfall, it is important to avoid flooded areas. Be cautious of low-lying areas (particularly Gangnam since it is the lower part of Seoul and south of the Han River) and areas prone to flooding. If you encounter a flooded street, try to find an alternative route or wait until the water subsides before proceeding.

For me, something light is always good as a rain jacket is easy to pack away and the weather does tend to be very humid during this time.

What comfort food should I try during the rainy season?

One of the best ways to embrace the rainy season in Korea is through its delicious comfort food. Korean cuisine offers a wide range of dishes that are perfect for rainy days. Some popular comfort food recommendations include:

Photo: Kimchi Jjigae
Photo: Kimchi Jjigae

1. Jjigae: Jjigae is a Korean stew made with various ingredients such as tofu, kimchi, pork, or seafood. It is often served piping hot and is perfect for warming up on a rainy day.

2. Samgyetang: Samgyetang is a traditional Korean chicken soup made with a whole young chicken stuffed with glutinous rice, ginseng, and other medicinal herbs. It is believed to have health benefits and is commonly consumed during the summer rainy season.

3. Hotteok: Hotteok is a sweet Korean pancake filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts. It is a popular street food item and is especially comforting when enjoyed hot on a rainy day.

In addition to comfort food, warm beverages are also popular during the rainy season.

Traditional Korean teas such as yujacha (citron tea) or sujeonggwa (cinnamon punch) are soothing options to try. Coffee shops and cafes are also abundant in Korea, offering a variety of hot beverages to keep you warm and cozy. I really enjoy drinking this, and it can be found mostly in every café!

For me there are so many things to do during the rainy season in Korea, especially in the bigger cities, and the atmosphere is very unique!

Let us know in the comments below, your favorite rainy season places and activities!


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