35 days in East Asia Itinerary

35 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner

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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Incheon
— 4 nights
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Pohang
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Jeju
— 8 nights
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Seoul

— 8 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.
Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to Everland in Yongin, about 1h 15 min away. Pack the 14th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myeong-dong Cathedral, visit Myeongdong Shopping Street, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul attractions planning website.

Manchester, UK to Seoul is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get little chillier in Seoul: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Incheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Incheon

— 4 nights
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Change things up with these side-trips from Incheon: Bucheon (Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park & Bucheon Natural Ecological Park). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bomunsa Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Ganghwa Anglican Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Ganghwasanseong Fortress, and walk around Baemikkumi Jogak Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Incheon itinerary planner.

Incheon is just a stone's throw from Seoul. In December in Incheon, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Pohang.

Things to do in Incheon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:

Pohang

— 6 nights
Pohang is a city in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, and a main seaport in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region. Change things up with these side-trips from Pohang: Gyeongju (Seokguram, Bulguksa Temple, &more) and Cheongsong-gun (Juwangsan National Park & Jusanji Pond). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Yeongil Folk History Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pohang online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Incheon to Pohang by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Incheon in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Pohang, with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Pohang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:

Busan

— 7 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Busan tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Pohang to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Pohang in December, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
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Jeju

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, O’sulloc Tea Museum, &more). Spend the 2nd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, head off the coast to Udo, and admire the natural beauty at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jeju trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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