Overview of June in Korea

Want to know about life in Korea during June? Below is a quick overview of things you need to know along with links to additional information.

South of Seoul June Guide

First of all, SOS volunteers know finding a new rhythm for life after relocating may feel overwhelming. That’s why we organize information into scaffolded chunks. Sorting information by Season, Month, and Residency Types can help new arrivals in Korea process information more smoothly. You can read even more articles for June here.

For now, let’s dig into an overview of June.

Weather and Average June Temps (high/low)

June in South Korea typically marks the beginning of the summer season. The temperatures can range from 20°C (68°F) to 30°C (86°F) depending on where you live. In general, the weather becomes increasingly hot as the month progresses.

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June is also the start of the rainy season, known as the “jangma” season. This means that there’s an increased chance of rainfall, particularly towards the end of the month. The showers can be heavy, leading to high humidity levels.

About Heat Waves

Heat waves in Korea have become more frequent and severe. These extreme temperature events pose significant health risks, particularly to older people, young children, and those with pre-existing health conditions, due to dehydration and heatstroke.

Additionally, intense heat can stress energy systems, leading to power outages. Drought conditions caused by heatwaves negatively affect agriculture, potentially leading to food shortages and increased prices. It’s crucial to be prepared: stay hydrated, avoid outdoor activities during peak heat, have a plan for power outages, and check on vulnerable neighbors. Understanding the implications of heat waves can help mitigate their adverse effects.

Find more localized information about heat waves in the following post: Preparing for Heat Waves in Korea.

About Jangma

Jangma, also called the East Asian rainy season, is the term for the monsoon season in Korea. Such a season is characterized by long periods of heavy rain and typically takes place in the summer.

The word “Jangma” literally translates to “long rain” in Korean, which is an apt description of the weeks-long torrential downpours that the region experiences. Jangma usually begins in late June and can last through mid to late July, although the exact timing can vary from year to year.

During Jangma, temperatures are typically warm, and humidity is high. This rainfall is crucial for agriculture but can also lead to flooding and other weather-related disasters. After the Jangma period ends, Korea typically experiences its hottest and most humid weather of the year.

South of Seoul volunteers recommend reading our in-depth article about Jangma here: Understanding Monsoon Season (Jangma) in South Korea

Holidays in June

In June, South Korea celebrates two major holidays:

  1. Memorial Day (Hyunchoongil): Held annually on June 6, this national holiday is a time to honor soldiers and civilians who have given their lives for their country, particularly during the Korean War. The main ceremony is held at the National Cemetery in Seoul, with many attending to pay their respects.
  2. Local Election Day: This is not an annual holiday but is a public holiday when it occurs. Local elections are usually held every four years in early June. On this day, South Koreans vote for their local government officials. The exact date varies depending on the election year.

Remember to check for updates, as public holidays can sometimes change.

Places to Visit in June

There are many exciting and scenic places to visit in South Korea beyond Seoul and Busan. Depending on your interests, here are a few suggestions for places to visit and things to do in June:

  1. Gyeongju: Known as “the museum without walls,” Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla. Here, you can visit the Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  2. Jeju Island: This volcanic island is known for its stunning natural beauty, including Hallasan Mountain, Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes, and beautiful beaches. It’s a great place for hiking and exploring nature.
  3. Incheon: Known for its Chinatown, Fairy Tale Village, and Wolmido Island, Incheon is a good destination for a day trip or a couple of days.
  4. Suwon: Home to the Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Suwon is also known for its chicken street, where you can enjoy some delicious Korean fried chicken.
  5. Andong and Hahoe Folk Village: Andong is famous for its well-preserved traditional Korean houses and the Hahoe Folk Village, another UNESCO World Heritage site.
  6. Nami Island: Famous for its tree-lined paths and as the filming location for the popular Korean drama “Winter Sonata,” Nami Island is a popular spot for both locals and tourists.
  7. Gangneung: This coastal city is a popular destination thanks to its beautiful beaches and the famous Ojukheon House. It’s also well-known as a coffee city, boasting a number of high-quality coffee shops.
  8. DMZ Tour: Though sobering, visiting the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea can be an enlightening experience.

Beaches in June

June beaches have fewer services because South Korea has a swimming season that runs from mid-July through most of August. When you choose to swim in June the showers will be locked and many businesses may not be open. Everyone should know that beach rules are regulated by Administrative District. This means each area may enforce “Swimming Season” differently.

For example, during June, some beaches in places like Busan may not allow swimming since no lifeguards are on duty. If you go into the water in such cities during the off-season, the police may come and order you out of the water. However, in more rural areas such as Taean or along the less populated areas of the east coast, everyone is allowed to swim at their own risk. Going into the water is not encouraged, but you may not be told to get out.

Also, remember that beach rules change over time. Such awareness means you should double-check the rules each year when you go to the beach. You can’t assume that what was allowed the year before will be allowed now.

Major June Festivals

South Korea has many festivals each month across the country. This list below is a small selection of festivals that are often promoted to tourists during June. It would be impossible to list every June festival in South Korea for every part of the country. We recommend checking with your local city website to also find festivals in your area.

Things to remember about festivals:

  • Festival planners may change the dates of festivals each year.
  • Festivals dates often aren’t announced until 1-2 weeks before the event happens.
  • If you have your heart set on attending an event, check their schedule often for dates and changes.
  • Festivals change and evolve each year so you can’t always expect the same thing twice.

Various Potential June Festivals

  1. Ultra Music Festival Korea: This is the Korean edition of the famous Miami-based electronic music festival, usually held in Seoul. (June or July)
  2. Boryeong Mud Festival: A fun event where attendees play in medicinal mud from the Boryeong mud flats.
  3. Seoul DJ Festival: Celebrating electronic dance music, it attracts both local and international DJs.
  4. Sinchon Water Gun Festival: Music and water guns make this fantastic fun.
  5. Water Bomb Festival in Seoul: Music and water festival. Have fun and get soaked while listing to DJs.
  6. Gangneung Danoje Festival: This UNESCO-designated event features traditional Korean music, dance, and folk games.
  7. Gwangju Toechon Tomato Festival: Attendees can participate in tomato fights, picking, and tasting events.
  8. Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival: This event features a variety of animation showcases, exhibitions, and competitions.
  9. Andong Mask Dance Festival: A celebration of traditional Korean mask dances and drama.
  10. Jeonju Daesasup Festival: Held in Jeonju, it’s a celebration of traditional Korean tea culture.
  11. Hampyeong Butterfly Festival: Although primarily in May, it sometimes extends into June. It celebrates the region’s butterfly population.
  12. Gangneung Danoje Festival: Korean folk festival.
  13. Chuncheon Mime Festival: A 2-3 day festival celebrating the traditional art of theater and mime.
  14. Osan Craft Beer Festival: One of Korea’s coolest craft beer festivals that takes place inside a traditional public market. This festival often happens twice a year. Once in the summer and once in the fall.
  15. Buyeo Seodong Lotus Flower Festival: One of Korea’s top flower festivals. The dates change each year to be timed with the opening of the lotus so you need to follow closely not to miss it.

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