11 days in South Korea Itinerary

11 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner

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Seoul
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 1 night
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Busan
— 1 night
Fly
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly

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Seoul

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Gyeongbokgung Palace and The War Memorial of Korea. Visit Cheonggyecheon Stream and Changdeokgung Palace for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the landmark architecture of Deoksugung, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Seoul tour planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Seoul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Seoul reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Sokcho

— 1 night
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 26th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Cheondang Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple, then gain interesting insight with Abai Village, and finally hunt for treasures at Sokcho Central Market.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho trip tool.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Busan

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 27th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, then get outside with Haeundae Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan day trip tool.

Getting from Sokcho to Busan by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In December, daytime highs in Busan are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 4 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get in touch with nature at Manjanggul Cave and Hamdeok Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gwaneumsa Temple and Seongeup Folk Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum & Halla Mountain). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Jeju Folk Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Saebyeol Oreum, enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach, and hunt for treasures at Dongmun Market.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jeju holiday builder tool.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.