35 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Daejeon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). Spend the 9th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, head outdoors with Hamdeok Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Roe Deer Observation Center.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju online trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Jeju. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Busan.
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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: get outside with Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Busan attractions planner.

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In December, daytime highs in Busan are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Gyeongju — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Daegu (Daemyung Oil Reservoir & Seomun Market), Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun) and Ulsan Daegok Museum (in Ulsan). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju online journey planner.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Busan in December: highs in Gyeongju hover around 3°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Daejeon.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Daejeon — 4 nights

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 Gongju (Gongju National Museum, Magoksa Temple, &more), Buyeo National Museum (in Buyeo-gun) and Cheongnamdae (in Cheongju). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beopjusa Temple and examine the collection at Currency Museum.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Daejeon trip maker.

Traveling by train from Gyeongju to Daejeon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Daejeon, with lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Pyeongchang-gun.
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Pyeongchang-gun — 3 nights

A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju), Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju) and Cheonglyeongpo (in Yeongwol-gun). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Phoenix Snow Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangwonsa, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pyeongchang-gun trip planner.

You can drive from Daejeon to Pyeongchang-gun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sokcho trip builder app.

Getting from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chuncheon.
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Chuncheon — 1 night

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 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa and then head off the coast to Nami Island.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.
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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.
When in Seoul, make a side trip to see Everland in Yongin, approximately Yongin away. Pack the 2nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In December, daytime highs in Seoul are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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History Museums · Shopping · 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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