35 days in South Korea Itinerary

35 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
2
Daejeon
— 4 nights
3
Busan
— 4 nights
4
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
5
Andong
— 3 nights
6
Pyeongchang-gun
— 3 nights
7
Sokcho
— 3 nights
8
Chuncheon
— 2 nights
9
Seoul
— 7 nights

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 still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, walk around Handam Park, and examine the collection at Jeju National Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Jeju tour builder.

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 Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

4
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cheongnamdae (in Cheongju), Beopjusa Temple (in Boeun-gun) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Gongsanseong, snap pictures at Mokcheokgyo Bridge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Spring, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Daejeon travel route builder website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Jeju to Daejeon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Expect a daytime high around °F in December, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Gongju, Cheongnamdae, Buyeo National Museum, Beopjusa Temple, Gwanchoksa Temple
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Beopjusa Temple ©
Beopjusa Temple
Gongsanseong ©
Gongsanseong
Gwanchoksa Temple ©
Gwanchoksa Temple

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step out of Busan with an excursion to Oedo Botania in Geoje--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

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

You can take a train from Daejeon to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Daejeon in December; daily highs in Busan reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

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.
On the 16th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Seokguram, thentake in the spiritual surroundings 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: contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and then examine the collection at Ulsan Daegok Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Gyeongju, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Ulsan Daegok Museum
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond

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 Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian School), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Andong trip builder app.

Getting from Gyeongju to Andong by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Andong, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yeongju, Cheongnyangsa Temple, Juwangsan National Park
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple

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: Danyang-gun (Guinsa Temple & Gosu Cave) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Phoenix Snow Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa, get to know the resident critters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, and explore the galleries of Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pyeongchang-gun itinerary builder tool.

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
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple & Hajodae) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park, kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach, get great views at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho in 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 Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Baekdamsa Temple, Cheonjin Beach
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Baekdamsa Temple ©
Baekdamsa 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, head off the coast to Nami Island, and then see the interesting displays at Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, thendon't miss a visit to Gongjicheon Recreation Area, and then see the interesting displays at Gangwondo Forest Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chuncheon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Museums Nature Parks
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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: Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, find something for the whole family at Lotte World, and take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seoul attractions planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. December in Seoul sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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