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Visiting Seoul in September: A Comprehensive Guide to Special Events

September is a delightful time to explore Seoul, South Korea’s captivating capital city. As summer slowly transitions into autumn, the weather becomes milder and more pleasant, making it an ideal season for outdoor activities and cultural experiences. In this article, we will provide you with valuable insights into the weather conditions, suitable attire, and a comprehensive list of things to do during your visit to Seoul in September.

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    Weather in Seoul in September:

    September marks the end of summer in Seoul, bringing cooler temperatures and a pleasant atmosphere. The average daytime temperature ranges from 18°C to 26°C (64°F to 79°F), with evenings being slightly cooler. While the weather is generally mild, occasional rain showers are possible, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for some precipitation.

    Clothing Suggestions:
    • As the weather can vary during the day, it’s best to bring a mix of light layers, such as T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and light jackets or sweaters for the evenings.
    • Don’t forget to pack a light raincoat or an umbrella for any unexpected showers.
    • Comfortable walking shoes are a must for exploring the city’s attractions.

    Things to Do in Seoul in September:

    Apart from exploring the iconic landmarks and immersing yourself in Seoul’s renowned cafe culture, September offers a plethora of special events and festivals that are simply unmissable. Here’s a curated selection of exciting summer events exclusively taking place in Seoul during August (2023 edition):

    The 23nd Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival:

    Join the annual celebration of the Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival to honor the rich heritage of the ancient Hanseong Baekje era—a time when Korea was divided into three powerful kingdoms. This vibrant festival offers a captivating journey into the Baekje culture and traditions through a plethora of activities. Immerse yourself in parades, engaging games, delectable food, mesmerizing calligraphy, folk performances, serene tea ceremonies, traditional rice grinding, intricate pottery, various arts and crafts, traditional costumes, and so much more.

    • Hangul: 한성백제문화제
    • Period: 2023.09.22 ~ 2023.09.24
    • Venue: 서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 326 송파구청
    • Website: | @songpa_official
    Seoul Light DDP Autumn 2023: 

    Seoul Light DDP uses projection mapping technology on the outer wall of the renowned DDP covered with silver panels as a large-scale canvas, where light, images and music are harmonized. The ‘Seoul Light DDP 2023 Fall’ exhibition organized by world-renowned media artist Miguel Chevalier and Kia Global Design Center will each unveil new works of nature realized by digital technology under the theme of “digital nature”.

    • Hangul: 서울라이트 DDP 2023 가을
    • Period: 2023.08.31 ~ 2023.09.10 
    • Venue: DDP West Front 222M (DDP Outdoor)
    • Website: DDP Announcement Board 
    Changdeokgung Palace Moonlight Tour:

    This is a captivating program that allows you to explore various parts of Changdeok palace under the mesmerizing silver moonlight. Led by professional commentators, this tour provides unique insights into the palace’s history and architecture, as the lush greenery harmoniously complements the tranquil ambiance.

    Seoul International Writers Festival 2023:

    The Seoul International Writers Festival, an esteemed global literature celebration, has been captivating audiences since 2006. With the aim to enrich readers’ literary experiences and foster meaningful exchanges between Korean and international literature, this festival holds a special place in Seoul’s cultural landscape.

    • Hangul: 서울국제작가축제
    • Period: 2023.09.08. ~ 2023.09.13.
    • Venue: Nodeul Island Live House (노들섬 라이브하우스), Multipurpose Hall Forest (다목적홀 숲), Nodeul Gallery 2 (노들갤러리 2관)
    • Website: | @siwf_insta
    Seoul Beauty Week 2023:

    The 2023 Seoul Beauty Week is a prestigious lifestyle fair proudly hosted by the city of Seoul. Embrace the city’s cutting-edge lifestyle through an array of captivating programs, including groundbreaking technology and promising product exhibitions, expert lectures, and engaging talk concerts. 

    Cosmos Season:

    Embrace the breathtaking beauty of cosmos flowers, a true highlight of the floral wonders in Korea. These vibrant blooms signal the end of the scorching summer, and September is the prime time to witness their magnificent splendor. Starting from mid-September until the final week of the month, numerous parts of the city transform into a mesmerizing sea of vivid orange, mingling with clouds of pink, purple, and white hues.

    A Day Trip Outside Seoul: Discovering September Festivals and Seasonal Flora in Korea

    As September unfolds in Seoul, the city comes alive with a plethora of special events and the enchanting beauty of seasonal flowers. However, just a short day trip away from the bustling metropolis, lies a world of captivating festivals and blooming flora waiting to be explored. Venture beyond Seoul and embark on a delightful journey to uncover more exciting events and the splendor of seasonal blossoms that grace the landscape during this time of the year. Here are some renowned events well worth experiencing near Seoul in September:

    Incheon Open Port Cultural Heritage Night Tour (인천개항장 문화재 야행):

    Experience the enchanting Incheon Open Port Cultural Heritage Night Tour, a unique event that offers visitors a captivating after-dark journey through the history and cultural heritage of Incheon Port. Wander through romantically lit streets as you uncover the rich stories and significance behind this historic port. The night tour promises an unforgettable exploration of Incheon’s maritime past and cultural treasures. (Event period: 2023.08.26 ~ 2023.10.22)

    World Heritage Festival Suwon Hwaseong Fortress (세계유산축전 수원화성):

    Immerse yourself in the vivid beauty and historical significance of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during the World Heritage Festival. This captivating event brings to life the noble values of artisans involved in the fortress’s construction, the joys and sorrows of the people during the Joseon Dynasty, and King Jeongjo’s deep love for his subjects. Engage in performances, interactive experiences, exhibitions, educational programs, and guided tours that beautifully capture the essence of this remarkable fortress. (Event period: 2023.09.23 ~ 2023.10.14)

    The Blossom of Aster Flowers at Bongcheonsa Temple (문경시 봉천사 개미취꽃):

    In 2021, the hill on the grounds of Bongcheonsa Temple in Mungyeong City gained sudden fame, all thanks to the popular series “Secret Royal Inspector & Joy” and its picturesque field of aster flowers. As September approaches, this magical location is at its prime, making it the perfect time to witness the breathtaking transformation of the hill into a mesmerizing purple sea of wonder. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of these vibrant aster flowers, offering a sight to behold during their peak bloom from mid to late September.

    Picture Source: @jerry_ssd

    Congratulations on completing this comprehensive guide to September in Korea! If your travel plans bring you to Seoul during this enchanting month, I genuinely hope that this post has provided valuable insights and inspiration for crafting your itinerary. May your trip be filled with unforgettable experiences and delightful adventures as you explore the beauty and cultural richness that September has to offer. Enjoy your journey to the fullest!

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