I know it’s the dead of winter now in Korea but I had to start with a season I experienced first when I got to Korea ;D
Fall in Korea starts around late September and ends around mid November.. Although they always say that Fall starts in September, that’s not true cos it’s still as hot as summer the whole of September ==” And though they say winter officially starts in December, we’re already all freezing by the end of November >< (20th Nov was the most memorable, it was like 0°C that day ㅠㅠ)
The temperatures during autumn are pretty cool, usually in the range of low 20°C in the beginning and reaching about 10°C towards the end of the season… It’s a really enjoyable season in the beginning, but as it slowly drops towards 10°C and with the wind, you might start to feel cold D:
The thing about the weather in Korea is that it’s unpredictable. It can be pretty okay this week but turn cold all of the sudden the next, and just when you’re prepared to wear more clothes it’s warm again, and when you naively go out in thin clothes it becomes cold again. Yes, it’s this irritating. Which is why it’s absolutely necessary to check the weather forecast so that you can be prepared for the next day’s unpredictable weather.
But anyway, contrary to popular belief (or at least, the beliefs of a young girl from a tropical country :P) it doesn’t rain a lot. And even when it rains, it doesn’t pour like tropical thunderstorms (unless there are typhoons). It’s mostly light drizzles that I wouldn’t bother taking my umbrella out for 😛 But it’s always good to bring an umbrella out if you plan on going shopping at Myeongdong or Edae or any of those shopping streets without shelter (:
Instead of rain, the wind is the scariest. The temperature can be pretty good, but when the wind blows….you feel like you’ll get blown away D: Many times I had to fight with the wind while walking, and other times I just felt like it was freezing (because I hadn’t experienced the REAL freezing experience in winter yet ==”) Well, there’s no way to get around this, you just have to bear with it D:
Now to describe the sights… I really loved Fall, for I had never seen such beautiful sights in the streets… The beautiful yellow and red leaves on the trees, littering the ground are truly a sight to behold. You don’t even have to go to a park to see it, even the streets along the road look like they’re from a storybook… The leaves changes colours around mid-October… I’ll just upload some photos I took so that you can see them for yourselves 😀
And the photos below were taken in Incheon Grand Park in early Nov 😀 It’s really really pretty!!
And there’s one thing about the season that I noticed, which is THE trench coat. The coat that all the girls (my age) are wearing.
Many colours, many “designs”, but essentially the same thing. Seriously. There’s usually 2 layers, in Fall, they wear it without the fur padding, and in winter, they wear it with the fur padding. It’s really really warm though (I have one too :P) You can find it anywhere, and depending on where you go, it costs between W70,000 (at Bupyeong) and W150,000 (at Dongdaemun Migliore)..
The guys would wear “baseball jackets” which actually every college has. We call them our varsity jackets. They’re good from late Fall to early Winter, but when the temperatures drop to the negatives it’s better to wear something thicker.
So sorry I can’t find a better photo D: I left mine in Korea (I’m home in SG now for winter break :D) so I couldn’t take a photo of mine D: Anyway there are variations of this baseball jacket, some with normal designs that are not varsity jackets ^^
Anyway, here concludes the post about Korea’s autumn; I’ll do up the one for winter after I go back to Korea. After all it’s still winter in Korea in Feb. Meanwhile I’ll just swim around in SG’s heat for the next 2 months ㅠㅠ