17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Seoul
— 4 nights
2
Chuncheon
— 1 night
3
Sokcho
— 2 nights
4
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
5
Busan
— 3 nights
6
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights

4
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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, stroll around Namsan Park, and make a trip to N Seoul Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seoul sightseeing planning app.

Los Angeles, USA to Seoul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get cooler in Seoul: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Insadong ©
Insadong

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chuncheon trip maker tool.

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a subway. In December, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach, thentake in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, thenget outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley.

Discover how to plan a Sokcho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Chuncheon to Sokcho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Cheonjin Beach
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Osaek Jujeongol Valley ©
Osaek Jujeongol Valley

2
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Seokguram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then get in on the family fun at Gyeongju World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Anapji Pond, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and then examine the collection at Ulsan Daegok Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip planner.

Getting from Sokcho to Gyeongju by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. December in Gyeongju sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ulsan Daegok Museum
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, and don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Busan day trip site.

Getting from Gyeongju to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

3
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with a short trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, and walk around Sarabong Park.

Before you visit Jeju, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Udo ©
Udo

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