17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

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17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + train:  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, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, don't miss a visit to Insadong, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul travel route planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Los Angeles to Seoul, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Seoul to be colder, temps between 38°F and 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car 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 step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Chuncheon online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature Parks 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.
On the 24th (Tue), head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, trek along Biryong Falls, head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, then kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sokcho trip planning website .

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

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Donghae

Donghae ©
On the 26th (Thu), kick back and relax at Chuam Beach, then admire the verdant scenery at Mureung Valley, and then enjoy the sea views from Mukho Lighthouse Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Donghae travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Sokcho to Donghae with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks Beaches Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then find something for the whole family at Gyeongju World.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Gyeongju with the Route module. December in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 33°F at night. 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:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally stroll around Yongdusan Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Busan trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Gyeongju in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough 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
Songjeong Beach ©
Songjeong Beach

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Gwangchigi Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, explore by horseback at Jeju Tourist Horse Riding, admire the natural beauty at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm, and find something for the whole family at Hallim Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jeju trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can 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
Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park

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