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
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). Spend the 20th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, stroll around Sarabong Park, and get outside with Hamdeok Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Jeju, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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, don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Busan travel route planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. November in Busan sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Ulsan Daegok Museum (in Ulsan), Daegu (Daemyung Oil Reservoir & Seomun Market) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Busan in November: highs in Gyeongju hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 4 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Get out of town with these interesting Daejeon side-trips: Cheongnamdae (in Cheongju), Gongju (Gongju National Museum, Magoksa Temple, &more) and Buyeo National Museum (in Buyeo-gun). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwanchoksa Temple and see the interesting displays at Currency Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Daejeon holiday builder tool.

You can take a train from Gyeongju to Daejeon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Daejeon, with lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Explore Pyeongchang-gun's surroundings by going to Cheonglyeongpo (in Yeongwol-gun), Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju) and Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, fly down the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangwonsa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pyeongchang-gun online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Daejeon to Pyeongchang-gun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sokcho.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Sokcho — 3 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) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple). Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's more to do: take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive 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.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chuncheon trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Chuncheon are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough 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 14th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seoul online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to 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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