35 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Gwangju
— 3 nights
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Boeun-gun
— 1 night
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Busan — 4 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, and see the interesting displays at Busan Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Busan online trip itinerary maker.

Manchester, UK to Busan is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Busan when traveling from Manchester in January, with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 3 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: Ulsan (Seoknamsa Temple & Boksoondoga) and Daegu (Seomun Market & Gukchaebosang Memorial Park). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 1°C by day to 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum, find something for the whole family at Eco Land Theme Park, and kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jeju day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 3 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gwangju: Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun) and Songgwangsa Temple (in Suncheon). Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Soswaewon Garden, stroll through 5.18 Memorial Park, examine the collection at Gwangju National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gwangju sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Gwangju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Gwangju, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Boeun-gun.
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Boeun-gun — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Songnisan National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Boeun-gun trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gwangju to Boeun-gun. Traveling from Gwangju in January, you will find days in Boeun-gun are a bit warmer (2°C), and nights are little chillier (-9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Pyeongchang-gun side-trips: Danyang-gun (Danuri Aquarium & Gosu Cave) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, get to know the resident critters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangwonsa.

Plan my day in Pyeongchang-gun using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Boeun-gun to Pyeongchang-gun with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley, Naksansa Temple, &more). Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Seorak Waterpia, get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho day trip app.

You can drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.
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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 28th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Gugok Pokpo, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Peace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chuncheon trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Seoul.
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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.
Pack the 31st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, take a stroll through Insadong, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine.

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Getting from Chuncheon to Seoul by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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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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