20 days in South Korea Itinerary

20 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Gangneung
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Grevin Museum. For shopping fun, head to Namdaemun Market or Creative Life Store KEY. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Deoksugung, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and explore the world behind art at National Folk Museum of Korea.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seoul travel planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Seoul, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in January, with highs in Seoul at 1°C and lows at -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gangneung.

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Neighborhood
Insadong
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Gangneung

Gangneung ©
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Anmok Beach, head outdoors with Gyeongpo Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gangmun Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Ojukheon, then kick back and relax at Jeongdongjin Beach, and then stroll around Tongil Park (Unification Park).

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangneung holiday planner.

You can drive from Seoul to Gangneung in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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Specialty Museum
Ojukheon
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Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©

Museum Without Walls

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 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, then contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and then admire the masterpieces at Art Sonje Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Gangneung to Gyeongju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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World heritage site
Seokguram
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Specialty Museum
Gyeongju National Museum
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Historic Site
Cheonmachong Tomb
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Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore hidden gems such as UN Memorial Cemetery and Gwangandaegyo Bridge. Head to Busan Gamcheon Culture Village and Shinsegae Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Songdo Beach, make a trip to Yongdusan Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 7°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
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Beach
Songdo Beach
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Jeju, Jeju Island

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hyeopjae Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like PLAY KPOP and The Islander. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Alive Museum Jeju, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Spirited Garden, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, take a peaceful walk through Bijarim Forest, and go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju tour planning app.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

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