12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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12 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Incheon
1
Incheon
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
2
Busan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Ulsan
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
4
Chuncheon
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Seoul
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
End: Incheon

3
nights
Incheon

Incheon ©
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Incheon Complex Fish Market, Mr. Toilet House, Gwangmyeong Cave, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): look for gifts at Sinpo International Market, then get engrossed in the history at Jjajangmyeon Museum, and then look for gifts at Bupyeong Underground Shopping Mall.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Incheon trip planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport and Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513). Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Incheon

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mr. Toilet House, Gwangmyeong Cave
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Gwangmyeong Cave ©
Gwangmyeong Cave
Jjajangmyeon Museum ©
Jjajangmyeon Museum

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City, Bupyeong Market, BIFF Square, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Jagalchi Market and Gamcheon Culture Village. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Busan online route builder .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Incheon to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Incheon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 0°C. You'll set off for Ulsan on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Bupyeong Market ©
Bupyeong Market
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple
Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Gamcheon Culture Village

2
nights
Ulsan

Ulsan ©
A powerhouse of industry not just for South Korea but the world, Ulsan offers up a thriving metropolis dominated by trade but interspersed with some undisturbed scenery.
On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ulsan Grand Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Boksoondoga, and then examine the collection at Ulsan Petroglyph Museum.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ulsan trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Busan to Ulsan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ulsan are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Ulsan

Parks Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Ulsan Grand Park ©
Ulsan Grand Park

1
day
Chuncheon

Chuncheon ©
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a stroll through Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Chuncheon trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Ulsan to Chuncheon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Ulsan in December, expect Chuncheon to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street ©

3
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
You've now added Bukchon Hanok Village to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Myeongdong Shopping Street and Insadong. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gwanghwamun Gate and Seoul City Hall. There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Gyeongbokgung Palace and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul attractions app .

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway. December in Seoul sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Insadong ©
Insadong