31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Gwangju
— 2 nights
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Buyeo-gun
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Seoul — 6 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.
Pack the 7th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Leeum Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul online tour itinerary planner.

Algiers, Algeria to Seoul is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Algiers to Seoul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Algiers, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks
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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.
On the 9th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at World Oncheon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, and then take in panoramic vistas at Uiamho Sky Work. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Homyeong Lake, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then walk around Kalbongsan Recreational Forest.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In December in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, then head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

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Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Gyeongju — 2 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.
On the 13th (Tue), snap pictures at Woljeonggyo Bridge and then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

Make your Gyeongju itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Sokcho to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Busan — 5 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, stroll through Yongdusan Park, walk around Busan Citizens Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Busan day trip planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in December, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Suncheon.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
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Suncheon — 2 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
On the 20th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saseongam Temple 四聖庵, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Wolgok Yeonghwagol Byeoghwa Maeul, admire the natural beauty at Suncheon Bay Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Suncheon holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Suncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in December, expect nights in Suncheon to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 2 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Soswaewon Garden and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unjusa.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gwangju visit planner.

Drive from Suncheon to Gwangju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Gwangju, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Buyeo-gun.
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Buyeo-gun — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nakhwaam Rock, contemplate the long history of Busosanseong Fortress, and then examine the collection at Buyeo National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gapsa temple and then examine the collection at Gongju National Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buyeo-gun trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Gwangju to Buyeo-gun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Gwangju in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Buyeo-gun, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 5 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gasiri Wind Power Plant). Spend the 28th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, let the kids burn off some steam at 9.81 Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jeju travel route site.

Traveling by flight from Buyeo-gun to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, taxi, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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