35 days in South Korea Itinerary

35 days in South Korea Itinerary

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35 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Daejeon
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Busan
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Andong
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Pyeongchang-gun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Chuncheon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Seoul
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Dallas

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Halla Mountain, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum, and walk around Sarabong Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jeju trip itinerary builder app .

Dallas, USA to Jeju is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Dallas to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Udo ©
Udo

4
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daejeon: Cheongnamdae (in Cheongju), Beopjusa Temple (in Boeun-gun) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Currency Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple, contemplate the long history of Gongsanseong, and snap pictures at Expo Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Daejeon trip planner .

Getting from Jeju to Daejeon by combination of flight and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in December, and nighttime lows around 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gongju, Cheongnamdae, Gwanchoksa Temple, Buyeo National Museum, Beopjusa Temple
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Beopjusa Temple ©
Beopjusa Temple
Yuseong Hot Springs ©
Yuseong Hot Springs
Currency Museum ©
Currency Museum

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Go for a jaunt from Busan to Geoje to see Oedo Botania about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, stroll around Busan Citizens Park, and head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip planner .

You can take a train from Daejeon to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Busan is a bit warmer than Daejeon - with highs of 48°F and lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then get in on the family fun at Gyeongju World. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Anapji Pond, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and then examine the collection at Ulsan Daegok Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Busan in December, you will find days in Gyeongju are little chillier (38°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ulsan Daegok Museum
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

3
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.
Explore Andong's surroundings by going to Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian School) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Andong vacation site .

Traveling by bus from Gyeongju to Andong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yeongju, Juwangsan National Park, Cheongnyangsa Temple
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple
Sosuseowon Confucian School ©
Sosuseowon Confucian School

3
nights
Pyeongchang-gun

Pyeongchang-gun ©
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Get out of town with these interesting Pyeongchang-gun side-trips: Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun) and Danyang-gun (Guinsa Temple & Gosu Cave). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa, meet the residents at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, and don't miss a visit to Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pyeongchang-gun trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Danyang-gun, Jeongseon 5-day Market
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Phoenix Snow Park ©
Phoenix Snow Park
Woljeongsa ©
Woljeongsa
Gosu Cave ©
Gosu Cave

3
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple, Hajodae, & more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park, get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory.

To plan Sokcho vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Cheonjin Beach, Baekdamsa Temple
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Osaek Jujeongol Valley ©
Osaek Jujeongol Valley
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

2
nights
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 27th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park, step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then take an in-depth tour of Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, then don't miss a visit to Gongjicheon Recreation Area, and then examine the collection at Gangwondo Forest Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chuncheon holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Museums Parks Nature
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and find something for the whole family at Lotte World.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seoul vacation planner .

Getting from Chuncheon to Seoul by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a subway. December in Seoul sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

DMZ Haemaru Village, Hwaseong Fortress
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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