51 days in South Korea Itinerary

51 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 9 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 9 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Halla Mountain & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, stroll through Hamdeok Beach, see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum, and stroll around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip tool.

New Delhi, India to Jeju is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Jeju. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 18:

Gwangju

— 5 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gwangju: Gurye-gun (Cheoneunsa Temple & Hwaeomsa Temple), Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun) and Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun). Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, examine the collection at Chosun University Museum, and get outside with Soswaewon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gwangju road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Gwangju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. December in Gwangju sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Daejeon

— 5 nights
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: Magoksa Temple (in Gongju), Buyeo-gun (Busosanseong Fortress & Buyeo National Museum) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beopjusa Temple, have fun and explore at Cheongju National Museum, take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, and steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Daejeon journey planner.

You can drive from Gwangju to Daejeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gwangju in December since evenings lows in Daejeon dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Gyeongju

— 5 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan), Cheongsong-gun (Juwangsan National Park & Jusanji Pond) and Daegu (Donghwasa & Seomun Market). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Daejeon to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Daejeon in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 0°C in Gyeongju. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

Busan

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Take a break from Busan with a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:

Pyeongchang-gun

— 5 nights
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pyeongchang-gun: Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun), Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple) and Danyang-gun (Danuri Aquarium, Guinsa Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangwonsa and get to know the resident critters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

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Getting from Busan to Pyeongchang-gun by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Sokcho

— 5 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Yangyang-gun (Hajodae, Naksansa Temple, &more) and Gangneung (Gangneung Dano Munhwagwan & Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum). Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. It doesn't end there: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock and make a splash at Seorak Waterpia.

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Drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:

Chuncheon

— 2 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): head off the coast to Nami Island and then take a stroll through Kim You-jeong House of Literature. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Statue of Peace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chuncheon road trip app.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Chuncheon are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

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.
Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Muuido Island in Incheon--about 1h 40 min away. Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip builder.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In January, daytime highs in Seoul are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 28:

South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.