22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

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22 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10​h
1
Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Andong
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Busan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

4
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: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seoul online attractions planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Seoul is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Korea Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Seoul to be colder, temps between 3°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung 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 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chuncheon trip planning site .

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a subway. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Sokcho travel route planning site .

Drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Cheonjin Beach
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Osaek Jujeongol Valley ©
Osaek Jujeongol Valley
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

4
nights
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (in Mungyeong), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian School). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Andong Hahoe Folk Village, Head underground at Gosu Cave, make a trip to Rock-carved Standing Buddha, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Andong journey planning tool .

Getting from Sokcho to Andong by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Danyang-gun, Yeongju, Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park, Cheongnyangsa Temple
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple
Sosuseowon Confucian School ©
Sosuseowon Confucian School

2
nights
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 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram, then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, and then find something for the whole family at Gyeongju World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): explore the activities along Anapji Pond, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Ulsan Daegok Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Andong to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Ulsan Daegok Museum
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, historic sites, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner .

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Gyeongju in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Busan, with highs around 7°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli 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 (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Halla Mountain). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, get in on the family fun at Hallim Park, stroll around Handam Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju online trip maker .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Udo ©
Udo

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