17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

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17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Seoul
1
Seoul
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Busan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Yongin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Donghae
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Seoul


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7
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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Bukhansan National Park and Korea National Arboretum will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, step into the grandiose world of Deoksugung, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, and admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport and Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513). In March, daytime highs in Seoul are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Paju, Korea National Arboretum
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

1
night
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, examine the collection at Busan Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Busan online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Seoul to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. March in Busan sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yongin.

Things to do in Busan

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

3
nights
Yongin

Yongin ©
Located within the capital's urban sprawl, Yongin stands as a city in its own right, but has come to be considered a suburb of Seoul.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): wander the streets of Icheon Ceramics Village, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hwaseong Fortress, and then steep yourself in history at Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Korean Folk Village.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yongin online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Busan to Yongin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus. March in Yongin sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Yongin

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Suwon, Icheon Ceramics Village
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Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
Korean Folk Village ©
Korean Folk Village
Hwaseong Haenggung Palace ©
Hwaseong Haenggung Palace

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): wander the streets of Kim You-jeong House of Literature, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and then find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Nami Island, wander the streets of Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street, and then wander the streets of Chuncheon Myeongdong Street.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chuncheon travel route planner.

Drive from Yongin to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and train. In March, daytime highs in Chuncheon are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

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

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, and finally hunt for treasures at Sokcho Jungang Market.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sokcho day trip site .

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Naksansa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock

2
nights
Donghae

Donghae ©
On the 25th (Mon), stroll through Chuam Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock), and then visit a coastal fixture at Mukho Lighthouse Park.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Donghae trip builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sokcho to Donghae. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Hwanseongul Cave
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Chuam Beach ©
Chuam Beach
Hwanseongul Cave ©
Hwanseongul Cave
Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock) ©
Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock)

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