22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

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22 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  13​h 45​min
1
Seoul
— 3 nights
2
Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Donghae
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Changnyeong-gun
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Busan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Gyeongbokgung Palace and The War Memorial of Korea will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, pause for some photo ops at Gwanghuimun, wander the streets of Insadong, and make a trip to N Seoul Tower.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Seoul, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Seoul at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

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 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park, and then head off the coast to Nami Island.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chuncheon itinerary planner .

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus. In December in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Theme Parks Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. On your second day here, hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, stroll through Naksan Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sokcho journey planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yangyang-gun
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock

1
night
Donghae

Donghae ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Mureung Valley, then kick back and relax at Chuam Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Mukho Lighthouse Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Donghae holiday maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sokcho to Donghae. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Chuam Beach ©
Chuam Beach
Mureung Valley ©
Mureung Valley

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 29th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Seokguram. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Gyeongju National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Donghae to Gyeongju. In December, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

1
night
Changnyeong-gun

Changnyeong-gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Changnyeong Shilla Jinheungwang Cheokgyeongbi, hike along Hwawangsan Mountain, and then identify plant and animal life at Upo Wetland.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Changnyeong-gun trip itinerary app .

Explore your travel options from Gyeongju to Changnyeong-gun with the Route module. When traveling from Gyeongju in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Changnyeong-gun: temperatures range from 8°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Upo Wetland ©
Upo Wetland
Hwawangsan Mountain ©
Hwawangsan Mountain

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Escape the urban bustle at Haeundae Beach and Songdo Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, stroll through Yongdusan Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Busan online attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Changnyeong-gun to Busan with the Route module. In December in Busan, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

6
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Step out of the city life by going to Geomunoreum and Sangumburi Crater. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hamdeok Beach and Hyeopjae Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gwangchigi Beach). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Halla Mountain, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Jeju road trip 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 bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Geomunoreum ©
Geomunoreum
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

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