44 days in South Korea Itinerary

44 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 7 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
Fly
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Changwon
— 10 nights
Drive
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Gunpo
— 11 nights
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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.
You've added Sehwa Beach, Saebyeol Oreum, Suwolbong Peak, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Udo, take a peaceful walk through Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, and get outside with Hyeopjae Beach.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Jeju trip itinerary builder website.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Jeju is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 7 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Your day by day itinerary now includes National Mountain Museum, Sangwonsa, The 4th Tunnel, and other attractions you added. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Gangneung (Gyeongpo Beach, Gyeongpodae, &more), Yangyang-gun (Hajodae & Naksansa Temple) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Yeonggeumjeong and enjoy the sea views from Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sokcho online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Sokcho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Changgyeonggung Palace, Yangjae Citizens' Forest, Everland, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, steep yourself in history at Baek In-je's House, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January in Seoul, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -7°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Changwon.
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Changwon — 10 nights

Changwon is the capital city of Gyeongsangnam-do, on the southeast coast of South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Changwon: Jinjuseong (in Jinju), Boriam Temple (in Namhae-gun) and Oedo Botania (in Geoje). There's much more to do: walk around Yi Sun-shin Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mireuksan Mountain, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yeojwacheon Stream.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Changwon attractions app.

Fly from Seoul to Changwon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Seoul, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Changwon, ranging from highs of -5°C to lows of -6°C. You'll set off for Gunpo on the 31st (Fri).
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Gunpo — 11 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Gunpo side-trips: Seongnam (Jeongja-dong Cafe Street, Yuldong Park, &more), Gwacheon (MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul Grand Park, &more) and Cheonggyesa Temple (in Uiwang).

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gunpo trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Changwon to Gunpo. Traveling from Changwon in January, you will find days in Gunpo are somewhat warmer (1°C), and nights are about the same (-7°C). On the 11th (Tue), you're off to home.
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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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Gangwon-do travel guide

4.1
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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Gyeonggi-do travel guide

3.9
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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