42 days in East Asia Itinerary

42 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Incheon
— 2 nights
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Icheon
— 5 nights
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Donghae
— 4 nights
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Pohang
— 4 nights
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Daegu
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Jeju
— 7 nights
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Seoul

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Everland (in Yongin), Ewhawon (in Gapyeong-gun) and Nami Island (in Chuncheon). Pack the 9th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, wander the streets of Insadong, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myeong-dong Cathedral.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul online trip itinerary maker.

Manchester, UK to Seoul is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Seoul. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get slightly colder in Seoul: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Incheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 14:

Incheon

— 2 nights
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Ganghwasanseong Fortress and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bomunsa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Statue of Peace and then stroll around Songdo Central Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Incheon tour itinerary builder.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Icheon.

Things to do in Incheon

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Icheon

— 5 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Icheon side-trips: Jincheon-gun (Jincheon Bell Museum & Botapsa Temple), Yeoju World Ceramic Livingware Gallery (in Yeoju-si) and Anseong (Anseong Namsadang Training Center & Mirinae Holy Site).

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Icheon trip itinerary maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Incheon to Icheon. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Icheon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:

Donghae

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Donghae: Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju), Jeongseon-gun (Jeongseon 5-day Market & Jeongseon Hwaam Cave) and Hwanseongul Cave (in Samcheok).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Donghae trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Icheon to Donghae. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pohang.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Pohang

— 4 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 Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Homigot Sunrise Plaza.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pohang journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Donghae to Pohang. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Daegu.

Things to do in Pohang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:

Daegu

— 5 nights
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Explore Daegu's surroundings by going to Miryang City Museum (in Miryang), Goryeong-gun (Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site & Daegaya Museum) and Upo Wetland (in Changnyeong-gun). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Seomun Market, contemplate the long history of Bullodong Ancient Tomb Park, appreciate the history behind Gatbawi Rock, and browse the range of quality goods at Shinsegae Department Store Daegu.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Daegu day trip planner.

Drive from Pohang to Daegu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Pohang in December, expect nights in Daegu to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Busan.

Things to do in Daegu

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:

Busan

— 6 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: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwangalli Beach.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Busan trip planner.

You can take a train from Daegu to Busan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Busan sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:

Jeju

— 7 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.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Halla Mountain). Spend the 10th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, walk around Sarabong Park, admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum, and head off the coast to Udo.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Jeju trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 16:

Jeju Island travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Mountains · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A popular vacation island for Koreans and foreigners with a mild coastal climate, Jeju-do offers hiking, caving, horseback riding, and plenty of beaches on which to relax and observe the sunset. A holiday in Jeju-do usually involves a visit to a UNESCO-protected lava tube, where you can see the world’s largest known lava column. Other lava and limestone caves set in botanical gardens, as well as a number of folk villages, combine to offer a diverse range of attractions during treks through the densely forested island, with the well-marked hiking trails also leading past giant basalt statues. Inland theme parks--ranging from a teddy bear museum to an erotic sculpture park--and golf courses provide a diverse range of entertainment options. The matriarchal island is known for its fisherwomen and female divers.