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Bracing for the Korean Rainy Season
Jun 30, 2020

“Jangma” or Korean rainy season comes around between late June to July. It is sometimes a welcome change from the summer heat for most people. But it also comes with a certain possible danger if you are not familiar with the local area.  Read on to find out what you have to remember this rainy season.

At Home and Before Going Out


  • Firmly keep those windows and doors shut. You might be surprised how strong the winds will be so it’s better to keep everything shut. My first time hearing the howling winds in a Korean apartment is still 

  • Secure your plants, bikes, and other property that are exposed and might be blown away.

  • Check if your area (place, workplace) is in a flood area especially if you live near a stream, hills, lower area or basement unit. 

This reminds me of that scene from the Korean movie “Parasite.” But of course, flooded basements may not be as common as it was decades before but better be safe than sorry. 


If you really need to head out, don’t forget to bring your preferred choice of protection from the rain: umbrella, raincoat, and some waterproof clothing and footwear. Sure, you can probably grab some at the convenience store but one will never know the state of supply and demand at the most critical time.

When Going Out


  • Sign up and check for the weather and emergency alert for the area. There is a downloadable app for emergency notifications.

  • If you’re driving, plan your route accordingly to avoid hazardous areas. They send out emergency notification in cases of landslides or anything similar as it happens so be in the know to be able to avoid it. 

  • Check your vehicle readiness for safety: windshield wiper, tires, mirrors, air flow system, lights etc. No one would want to cause a vehicular accident or be in one just because of busted signal light, right?

  • Allot enough time for possible delay. If you’re taking public transportation, keep in mind the possible slight delays as people take more time to get in and out of the vehicles with their umbrellas. It will also be a bit uncomfortable inside with the humidity and aircon running. Just be prepared if you are sensitive to such change of temperatures.


  • Don’t go near construction areas or avoid them if you can. 

  • Don’t forget to have enough charge for your phone. Bring an extra source or cable if possible.  

  • Don’t forget that this is still a strange land for non-Koreans and it might not be that easy if you find yourself stuck somewhere because of the weather. In any case that you find yourself in an emergency situation, the numbers to remember are 112 for police and 119 for emergency hotline

And if the weather is really bad, just stay home if it isn’t really necessary to head out. Do a raincheck (pun intended) on whatever you were planning and just enjoy the sounds of the “jangma” while eating some homemade “jeon” or Korean pancake that most Koreans love to eat in this weather.