17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17 h
1
Seoul
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Donghae
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
5
Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Busan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, wander the streets of Insadong, and stroll around Namsan Park.

Plan my day in Seoul using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Los Angeles, USA to Seoul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Seoul is 17 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Seoul reach 38°F and lows reach 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Lotte World ©
Lotte World
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

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 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa and then head off the coast to Nami Island.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chuncheon tour builder app.

Drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In December, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sokcho tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cheonjin Beach, Osaek Jujeongol Valley
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Biryong Falls ©
Biryong Falls

1
night
Donghae

Donghae ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Chuam Beach, thenappreciate the views at Mureung Valley, and then stroll around Mukho Lighthouse Park.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Donghae trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sokcho to Donghae. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Mureung Valley ©
Mureung Valley
Chuam Beach ©
Chuam Beach

1
night
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): explore the activities along Anapji Pond, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then find something for the whole family at Gyeongju World.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Donghae to Gyeongju. In December, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Gyeongju World ©
Gyeongju World

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 28th (Sat), kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, thenget outside with Haeundae Beach, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Songjeong Beach, thenget great views at Taejongdae, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

Planning Busan trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in December: highs in Busan hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). The adventure continues: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Jeju Tourist Horse Riding, take in nature's colorful creations at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

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