Seoul’s dynamic and vibrant energy makes it a year-round destination, but if you prefer warm weather, then June is a great month to visit. This month marks the beginning of summer in Seoul, which is usually hot and humid.
Temperatures in June are warm but not yet sweltering, and the lovely sunny days are perfect for being outdoors. The summer holidays haven’t started yet, so June is the least crowded summer month, but it’s a good idea to visit outdoor attractions in the morning when temperatures are at their lowest. As temperatures increase towards the end of the month, Seoul’s many art galleries, museums, and indoor attractions offer a respite from the afternoon heat.
Seoul hosts two major music festivals this month. The three-day World DJ Festival sees over 100,000 festivalgoers dancing to music by world-renowned DJs, while the Waterbomb Festival showcases the country's top EDM and hip-hop artists. Festivalgoers are given water guns to battle it out in huge swimming pools at the venue.
What’s the Weather like in Seoul in June?
Spring begins to move into summer during June with bright blue skies and sunny days. It’s warmer than May and humidity levels are on the rise. Temperatures range between lows of 18°C / 64°F and highs of 27°C / 81°F, while humidity levels hang around 68%. June sees the advent of the annual monsoon season, known as jangma. While early June is primarily sunny and dry, the chances of rain increase significantly towards the end of the month. But it’s still warm, so nothing a good raincoat and an umbrella can’t beat! The weather in June is still perfect for enjoying the city’s beautiful gardens and national parks, wandering around ancient hanok villages, and exploring palaces. The cooler mornings and evenings are lovely for hiking and river cruises on the Han River.
Best Things to do in Seoul in June
The warmer weather in June is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities and soaking up Seoul’s beautiful natural surroundings. Whether exploring the city’s grand palaces, having fun with the family in outdoor theme parks, or visiting museums and galleries, Seoul promises to delight in June.
Step Back in Time at Changdeok Palace
Journey back to the time of the Joseon Dynasty with a visit to Changdeok Palace. One of the ‘Five Grand Palaces’ built by the kings of the dynasty, Changdeok Palace was built in 1405 and was the main residence for many of the Joseon regals. Why not get into the swing of things and use your pass to rent a traditional hanbok costume during your visit to Changdeok Palace? An important part of the county's cultural heritage, the Korean hanbok is worn on special occasions and holidays, and up until about a century ago, used to be worn by Koreans daily. Explore the palace in style in Korea's traditional costume – you can even have your hair styled in the typical Korean fashion.
Go Wild at Lotte World
For hours of fun, the vast Lotte World entertainment complex has it all! It’s a paradise for families with children who are looking for adventure and excitement. The complex is home to an outdoor amusement park, a large indoor theme park, a lake with an artificial island, movie theaters, shopping malls, sports facilities, and a museum! You’ll find something for everyone here from gentle rides and terrifying slides to magic shows, balloon rides, shopping malls, and the ice-skating rink. Ride river rapids through the jungle; meet popular characters in a fairytale kingdom; brave a swinging Viking ship; and watch a jaw-dropping show at an IMAX theater.
Visit the Folk Museum to delve into Korea’s 5,000-year-old history from the Paleolithic Age to Japanese colonization through fascinating dioramas, exhibits, and miniature models. Use your pass to gain access to this incredible world of entertainment, including all the theme parks, shopping malls, the ice-skating rink, and the Korean Folk Museum.
Escape to Nami Island
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and use your pass to head to the pretty island of Nami for the day. This magical half-moon-shaped isle near Seoul is a lush oasis of woodlands, tree-lined lanes, and riverside walks. The beautiful island is an all-season gem with blooming cherry blossoms in spring, lush greenery in summer, spectacular fall foliage in autumn, and a wonderland of snow in winter.
Stroll down the picturesque Central Korean Pine Tree Lane leading to the center of the island. Take in the magnificent giant redwood trees in Metasequoia Lane. Stroll around the water’s edge along the lovely riverside paths and take in the stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Visit the Gongsaengwon Garden (The Winter Sonata Statue) and get that perfect insta shot with the statue of the main characters from the popular K-drama Winter Sonata.
Experience the Dark Side of Seoul on a Ghost Walking Tour
Take advantage of the balmy summer nights and head out into the night to discover a different side of Seoul on a Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walking Tour.Explore the secret and scandalous side of Seoul on this spooky one-and-a-half-hour walking tour. Journey through 600 years of Korea’s gory history involving massacres, murders, ghosts, and ghouls. Visit Pimatgol Alley, Seoul's former red-light district, Jongno 3-ga, the Unhyeongung Royal Residence, and the site of a macabre royal massacre.
Hear water-related ghost stories from your expert guide as you wander along the Cheonggyecheon Stream. Ghost hunters and history buffs alike will love this chilling tour of the city. Don’t forget to use your pass to join the hunt!
Picnic in Namsan Park
Home to the longest trail of cherry trees in Seoul, Namsan Park is a must in June! Located on Mount Namsan just south of Myeongdong, the park is the largest of its kind in Seoul and one of the most popular places to enjoy the outdoors. Picturesque pathways and walking trails wind their way around the park, offering stunning views over downtown Seoul. Don’t miss the Cherry Blossom path – a breathtaking tunnel of pink and white and one of the park’s most spectacular highlights!
There are also several interesting sites sprinkled around the park, including a section of an ancient wall built to protect the city during the Joseon Dynasty. The glorious weather in June makes the park a perfect spot for a picnic. Find a shady spot on the lawn and bask in the sun while soaking up the amazing views of the city.
Party in One of Seoul’s Coolest Neighborhoods
Experience Seoul’s vibrant nightlife in one of Seoul’s coolest neighborhoods, Hongdae. Home to a wealth of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, the hip area is a popular go-to spot for the cool crowd when the sun goes down. Located near Hongik University in Mapo-gu in the west of Seoul, this lively neighborhood is renowned for its buzzing arts and indie music culture, funky shops, and bustling bars. Busy by day, the area comes alive at night with students flocking to the many dive bars and drinking holes sprinkled around the neighborhood.
Use your pass to join a Seoul Pub Crawl around Hongdae and meet fellow party animals from all over the city. Party-loving guides will take you to all of Hongdae’s cool indie bars and renowned nightclubs with the best vibe where you can enjoy free shots and party the night away.