12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 3 nights
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Suwon
— 1 day
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Gapyeong-gun
— 1 day
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Paju
— 1 day
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Cheorwon-gun
— 1 day
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Incheon
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Seoul — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grevin Museum and Samcheongdong-gil Road. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Gwanghwamun Gate, don't miss a visit to Insadong, see the interesting displays at Love Museum, and deepen your understanding at Seodaemun Prison History Hall.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seoul sightseeing planner.

Manila, Philippines to Seoul is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Seoul is 1 hour. In January, Seoul is colder than Manila - with highs of 1°C and lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Suwon.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Suwon — 1 day

City of Filial Piety

The city of Suwon lies close to the country's capital, and brings in visitors on day trips, mainly to see its old city walls.
On the 18th (Wed), stroll around Gwanggyo Lake Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hwaseong Fortress, and then contemplate the long history of Janganmun Gate.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Suwon driving holiday planner.

Drive from Seoul to Suwon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. January in Suwon sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gapyeong-gun.
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Historic Sites · Parks
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Gapyeong-gun — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then explore the activities along Cheongpyeong Lake.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gapyeong-gun online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Suwon to Gapyeong-gun takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Gapyeong-gun can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paju.
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Parks · Nature
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Paju — 1 day

Northwest of the capital, Paju has become known for its cultural attractions, history, and proximity to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): snap pictures at Gamaksan Chulleong Bridge and then stroll around Unjeong Lake Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paju day trip planning website.

Drive from Gapyeong-gun to Paju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or do a combination of train and subway. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cheorwon-gun.
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Parks
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Cheorwon-gun — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Hantan River Spa and then contemplate the waterfront views at Goseokjeong Pavilion.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Cheorwon-gun itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paju to Cheorwon-gun. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.
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Spas · Nature · Parks
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Seoul — 4 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to 3D Black Art Museum and Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin. Enjoy Seoul some more: make a trip to Changgyeonggung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Deoksugung.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cheorwon-gun to Seoul. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Incheon.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Incheon

The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
On the 25th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Sinpo International Market and then stroll around Songdo Central Park.

Before you visit Incheon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Incheon is very close to Seoul. January in Incheon sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Parks · Shopping
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South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.
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Gyeonggi-do travel guide

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Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Historic Walking Areas
Korea's most populous province, Gyeonggi-do surrounds (but does not include) the savvy national capital, boasting rivers, lakes, and mountains. The main cultural attractions in Gyeonggi-do emphasize Korea's distant and recent past, including a huge World Heritage-listed fortress, royal tombs, a folk village, and the Demilitarized Zone. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the region's emphasis on ecology, while families can visit a range of kid-friendly spots, from ceramics workshops and museums, to numerous theme parks and water-sport facilities along the coast.
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Gangwon-do travel guide

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Islands · National Parks · Beaches
Predominantly mountainous, the northernmost province of Gangwon-do offers a wide range of outdoor activities in natural scenery. A typical Gangwon-do itinerary includes scenic hikes through national parks dotted by Buddha statues and tall pagodas, plus relaxation on clean beaches in summer or excellent skiing in winter. Take a cable car to enjoy a view of the World Heritage-listed mountain biosphere, and tour the Demilitarized Zone to understand the magnitude of foreign-imposed division. Forests with edible alpine plants and mushrooms add unique flavors to Gangwon-do's cuisine, which also uses cuttlefish and pollock harvested from the long, steep coast.
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