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title Winter Guide: Korea
Writer Raj Date Created 2023-01-17 15:47:54


Be Ready in Winter, Fashionably Ready
 
Korea is well known by its beauty among any season. May it be Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter, most travelers prefer to visit Korea on either Autumn or Winter season. The drastic environment changes what makes Korea so beautiful, seeing green leaves turn into crimson red, or orange; and then seeing trees be covered in snow other than leaves. Winter, in some parts of Korea, is somewhat comforting especially if you are settling within the city where it is easy to find serenity. The on the hand, winter is much harsher especially on the northern province of Korea like Gangwon-do.
 

Winter in Gangwon-do
 
Korea approaches its cold climate in the middle of Autumn and snow can start as early as October. On November, temperatures can drop up to -5 degrees celcius, but the month of October and November in Korea is still considered Autumn season and there will be a chance of rainy days. At the month of December is where Korea's Winter season begins and ends at the month of April. Temperatures can drop really low as -20 degrees celcius, and can go further down going to northern places of Korea. The cold climate can be harsh to travelers who are not used to the cold, without proper preparation against the cold weather travelers can experience injuries or illness caused by the cold weather.

It is important to be ready in dealing the cold weather to prevent discomforts and to enjoy the cold season without problems. The items listed below are suggested clothings and other necessary items to fend off the cold weather.

 
Headwear


Trapper Hat: this headwear is perfect against harsh winter environment, and perfect for someone who is not used to the cold weather. It can cover your head, ears, and some Trapper Hats include face covers to protect your nose on the cold weather.


Bonnet: A stylish headwear for winter, it comes with VARIOUS designs to match your winter outfit. It is a common headwear to protect and make your head warm.


Earmuffs: This headwear only protects the ears and keeps it warm. Earmuffs are preferred only to people who have sensitive ears.


Winter Face Mask: For those how have sensitive mouth and nose. To prevent your nose from aching from breathing cold air and to prevent your lips from being extremely dry.


Neckwear


Winter Neck Tubes: There are a variety of designs of Winter Neck Tubes, and they have a design where it can cover your ears, mouth, and nose. This neckwear can feel a little tight to wear around the neck, almost choking, but its purpose is to warm your neck.


Scarf: Scarf is one the most well known clothing used for winter. It is very stylish, free, and comfortable. It comes with NUMEROUS designs to suit your winter fashion.


Bodywear



Hoodie Jacket: Hoodies are the main go-to winter wear for most people. For some, hoodies give enough insulation to fend off the cold, but hoodies are never enough to insulate you from the cold winter of Korea. Hoodies are mostly used as an inner wear when temperatures reach -5 degrees celcius.


Inner Thermal Wear: This bodywear might look like pajamas, but this is called Thermal Clothing, just like wearing sando, this provides insulation because they are designed to keep you extra warm upon layers and layers of jacket. It comes with bodywear type and legwear type. Thermal Clothing is recommended to travelers who are very vulnerable to cold weather.


Winter Sweater: Same as hoodies, sweaters are often used indoors or as inner clothing upon layers of jackets. It is not recommended to wear a sweater with a t-shirt as inner when visiting to Korea on winter.


Insulated Jacket: This type of jacket gives enough insulation to fend off the cold weather.It is made with padded cotton or insulating materials and it feels like you're wrapped on a cotton with fabrics. Usually travelers combine insulated jackets with sweaters and thermal clothing as inner.


Parka Coat: If you want to go for both insulation and fashion for your winter wear, go for parka coats! This bodywear is known for its fuzzy, wooly, cottony hoodie that also serves as neck warmers. The coat is also thick which is an ideal thing to wear for winter in Korea.


Trench Coat: Probably one of the most TRENDIEST and POPULAR winter wear in Korea. Celebrities often wear the most stylish trench coats, and most citizens of Korea also wear trench coats. This is an ideal thing to wear if the weather doesn't reach to -20 degrees celcius.


Duffel Coat: Similar to trench coats, duffel coats are much tighter and closed compared to trench coat's freely designed outfit. This also comes with a hoodie, perfect for a sunny winter day.


Handwear


Winter Gloves: Gloves are recommended for winter activites such as: skiing, mountain trekking, and snow ball fights. And this handwear is for people who have sensitive hands on the cold weather


Fingerless Winter Gloves: The difference between full gloves and fingerless gloves is you can easily interact with your phone with your bare fingers. Fingerless gloves gives you flexibility in girpping things that relies on your fingers, compared to full gloves where you rely on your whole hand to grip things.



Legwear


Winter Tights: Mostly an ideal wear for female travelers. There are tights that have thermal designs in it so women can comfortably wander around the cold weather without much restriction from wearing layers of pants to protect themselves from cold weather. This legwear can be similar to Inner Thermal Clothing legwear and it is recommended for both male and female travelers who want to be extra warm.


Footwear


Padded Snow Boots: These kind of boots provide the best insulation for your feet. It's soft both outside and inside, and an ideal footwear for heavily snowy areas where melting snow wouldn't enter the boots.


Snow Boots: A more stylish version of the padded snow boots. Ideally used in wandering within the city where snow isn't heavy. It can also be used in trekking mountains provided for its design.

 
It is also believed that eating spicy food helps you keep warm and help you tolerate the cold weather in Korea. Eating warm soup, spicy soup, or kimchi is believed to have helped Koreans survive the harshest cold weather of Korea. So before you begin your journey towards the cold weather, remember to wear your stylish winter clothing enough to fend off the cold, and do not forget to fill your tummy with something warm or spicy.