"Yellow Sand from the Gobi" South Korea Favorite Tip by DSwede
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Favorite thing: I've been in Korea for ~3 years now. Yes, the sands do come over starting in the early Spring (~March). But to be more accurate, it is not sand, but rather a very fine dust. It is a phenomenon locally called Hwangsa (황사). It is also called Kosa in Japan. In some extreme storms, when the particles are fine enough, they have even reached the western coast of USA and BC Canada, such as in 2001.
While your personal experiences may only result in a yellow-ish haze on the horizon compared to a more unsettling brown-ish smog layer which is customary in the big cities during most of the other months. But again, this yellow haze is not visible every day, but rather is possible "if" the jet stream winds directly pass over your area a few days after there is a significant sand storm over the Gobi. I agree, that the further north in Korea, the more visible the phenomenon is. This sand is a main contributor to why the waterway between the Korean peninsula and mainland China is called the Yellow Sea.
During this time, if you have extremely sensitive respiratory problems, you may have a bought of asthma or a few sneezes from time to time. However, most people only complain about having to clean their windows or wipe down their cars a bit more frequently.
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