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Weather in Korea is usually mild and dry in spring. Despite occasional frost in early spring and yellow dust storms appearing around April and May, most people eagerly await spring and the end to cold weather. By late March, the southern regions of Korea will be colored with forsythia, azalea and cherry blossoms. That’s a sure sign that spring has really come at last. This is when local provinces began holding various flower festivals. You can never talk about flower festivals in Korea without mentioning the one held on Jejudo.

Jeju Island’s the biggest island in Korea and the furthest south. Thanks to its relatively warm weather compared to the peninsula in general, it’s easy to find flowers completely covering the area at this time of year. Cherry blossom festivals in Jinhae and other places along the south coast are also fun to visit. In May, many mountains are completely covered in waves of dark pink royal azalea blossoms. Hallasan, Sobaeksan, Jirisan and Taebaeksan are some of the mountains that have such splendor.
August is the hottest time of the year in Korea, with average temperatures ranging from 23-27 degrees Celsius. But before the scorching heat we first have to go through a month-long rainy season that starts around mid-June. The rainfall during this time makes up about 50-60 percent of annual precipitation. Most people -- students and workers alike -- usually take a break and enjoy their vacation around mid-July or August.

Beaches are the best place to go during summer. The east coast with wide, sandy beaches and clear waters is the most popular with many Korean beachgoers. The east coast stretches along several regions, including Mangsang, Naksan, Seokcho, Gyeongpo and Hwajin. Other famous beach resorts include the Yellow Sea with its really big tides and Jejudo Island, simply for its natural beauty. The south coast also has its share of famous beaches such as Gyeongpodae and Haeundae that always attract a large crowd every summer.

Fall temperatures range from 11-19 degrees Celsius. Although there’s a big difference between day and night temperatures, most Koreans like this season the most because
of its clear blue skies and cool, crisp air. Farm households are the busiest around this time, but the more the merrier, for there's nothing like a rich harvest.

Mention fall to a Korean, and the first thing that comes to mind is blue skies above mountains draped in brightly colored maple leaves. By mid-October, the mountains Seoraksan, Jirisan, Odaesan, Chiaksan and Naejangsan are usually crowded with tourists there to see the beautiful maple leaves. Since fruit and other produce are most abundant this time of year, visitors get a feast for the eyes and belly. In short, there's simply no season like fall in Korea.

Korea has a relatively short spring and fall with a long summer and winter. Winter in Korea is usually cold and dry. January is the coldest month of all, with temperatures
sometimes recording minus 10 degrees Celsius. Mountainous regions have to deal with heavy snowfall as well as the low temperatures. But many want to see as much snow as possible, so they can enjoy winter sports like skiing, sledding and snowboarding.

Of course, Gangwon-do Province, which usually gets the heaviest snowfall, receives lots of tourists this time of year. With lots of snow and ice festivals, it even draws foreign tourists: Southeast Asians and others who rarely see snow love to visit Korea for a chance to try winter activities.