How Cold Does Korea Get? (COLDEST DAY EVAR) – Seoulistic

How Cold Does Korea Get? (COLDEST DAY EVAR)

Depending on where you’re living, your definition of cold can be a different. But if you’re planning on coming to Korea, you might want to know how cold it actually gets. Watch this video to see how much you should layer up!

The winter winds come for Siberia (true!), so Korea can get pretty cold. Here’s a video with your homie Keith showing how much he has to layer up on the coldest day of the Korean winter!

Think that’s cold? Or is Keith just being a wuss?

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. Larisa Morhan says:

    Greetings! I have just discovered the site.

    I think it is so useful and you are doing such a good job! It’s good to have where from to learn real-life things…
    I just wanted to say thank you and hope you will continue the work.

    Best regards!

  2. lowshak says:

    no this eat a lot of fish nuggets and cowz poo poo

  3. shaklow says:

    no this eats a lot of fish nuggets and cowz poo poo

  4. lowshak the second says:

    Your Comment……

  5. shaklow the second says:

    do you like chiken i know i hate it it eat more cowz. on me farm

  6. GNAtsk says:

    Nice Little striptease there Kieth 😀

  7. Shanda says:

    Good one, but I would prefer waching SongA Min showing what she´s got :))
    Anyway, -12 C is nothing. We had -25 C (-17 F) in Beijing during Christmas season

    • Dan says:

      Yes. I guess Seoul’s winter is nothing. But sometimes the temp can be lower than -18C
      And if you want to feel the real cold temp of korea, I can say that you should visit chorwon or daegwallyong in wich the temp can be plunged even lower than -25C in the winter.
      Furthermore, chorwon is not a mountain but the weather there is super awful

  8. Candysama says:

    Well, i’ll try Korean cold next winter then i’ll comment the video 😛

  9. Jake says:

    Finland greets you =)

  10. Ziza says:

    last year in Ukraine was -25~ -30
    this year winter is much much warmer)

  11. ruizhen says:

    i think i will survive winter in Korea. im not a a person that easily gets cold.

  12. Masha says:

    in Ukraine -20C is normal winter day, when it is only -12C I just start thinking about wearing my winter clothes 😉

  13. tepeh says:

    In Finaland coldest maesured temperature is -51,5 celsius. But it’s not that cold usually.

    in -12 leather jacket and jeans are enough if you have good gloves and socks. Maybe long jhons too but it’s not necessary. : )

  14. tepeh says:

    In Finaland coldest measured temperature is -51,5 celsius. But it’s not that cold usually.

    in -12 leather jacket and jeans are enough if you have good gloves and socks. Maybe long jhons too but it’s not necessary. : )

  15. GIM says:

    I have to go with Kat Nelson. Keith is a little bit of a wuss. Fortunately, he is fun to listen to, and I enjoyed the video.

    I live in St. Petersburg, Russia, and have for the last 23 years. Average temp during the winter is -10 to -5 degrees Celsius. But a cold snap from 2 to 6 weeks and from -20 to -30 degrees C is not uncommon. Also, humidity plays a role. I had a friend who taught for a year in Novosibirsk who said that the average temperature during the winter was -35 to -40 degrees C, but that the humidity was so low, that people could dress quite lightly. St. Petersburg has fairly high humidity, and I don’t like it. Actually, it is a bit like Long Island, New York, where I lived for about four years.

    So, Korea seems to be all right. Certainly it isn’t worth eleven items of clothing. Unless, of course, you are a little bit of a wuss. Keith, are you from California originally?

  16. Olga says:

    I’m from Russia. We was -30~40
    You are lucky~ C:

  17. Khan says:

    I remember when I went to Seoul in December 2012, it was like -16°C at day and -30°C at night.. stupid gangnam taxi drivers, i will never forget them haha -_-

  18. alexander tyan says:

    I live in Siberia and in winter we have usual temperature about -40 degrees ))

  19. Cheryl says:

    It’s summer all year round here in Singapore, but I am
    Going to go there in late November by myself and I’m hoping I survive the Korean winter!

  20. MaKayla says:

    That thumbnail though….

  21. anna says:

    ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ -12 ㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎ
    In Poland we had -39 degrees
    thats freezing

    • Hope says:

      ㅋㅋㅋㅋ-12 ㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎ
      You’re right. It’s nothing. But I heard the weather of warsaw in winter is not really different from Seoul’s, even if it’s much northern than korea in lattitude. And in other places in korea we had temp lower than -30 sel.
      Pleaz don’t underestimate the winter of korea

  22. Sabine says:

    Winter in Latvia get as cold as -30 celsius and in UK where I now live it rarely goes under -5 celsius

  23. Gabrielle says:

    Did i underestimate Korean weather? when i see Keith on the video, i think i do.

    My friend did remind me to dress up warmly cause it will be still winter this February, will depart next week to Seoul..yeay^^

    Feels so lazy to buy new winter clothes, i think i just wear winter clothes i had when i was in NY.

    If its not enough, will go some shopping then hehehe~~

  24. emilie says:

    I live in the southern US where I rarely need more than a light jacket! Guess I won’t be visiting Korea in the winter. I’d have to spend too much on clothes I’d never wear again.

  25. Frank says:

    I was stationed there in 85/86. Did 6 month’s on the DMZ during winter. Our eyelid’s would freeze open.We would patrol with the infantry guys. Now I live in auburn california..Its 30 degrees today and doesn’t seem nearly as cold.

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