21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea tour planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 2 nights
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Yangyang-gun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 6 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Halla Mountain, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, trek along Saryeoni Forest Path, admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jeju holiday planner.

New Delhi, India to Jeju is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:

Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gyeongju (Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond & Gyeongju National Museum). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Busan itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In January, daytime highs in Busan are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Pyeongchang-gun

— 2 nights
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa Temple and then fly down the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Jeongseon 5-day Market and then get to know the resident critters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pyeongchang-gun planner.

Getting from Busan to Pyeongchang-gun by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Yangyang-gun.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Yangyang-gun

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Seorak Waterpia and then get outside with Osaek Jujeongol Valley.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yangyang-gun trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Pyeongchang-gun to Yangyang-gun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Yangyang-gun

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Chuncheon

— 1 night
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 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chuncheon trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Yangyang-gun to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

Seoul

— 5 nights
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.
Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and wander the streets of Insadong.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Seoul online itinerary planner.

Getting from Chuncheon to Seoul by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. In January in Seoul, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.