25 days in South Korea Itinerary

25 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly to Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513), Drive to Gongju
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Gongju
— 2 nights
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Buan-gun
— 1 night
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Gwangju
— 1 night
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 29th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, and stroll around Sarabong Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jeju online trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Jeju is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Jeju. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
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Gongju

Gongju, also spelt Kongju, is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea.HistoryGongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gapsa temple, then examine the collection at Buyeo National Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at SeokJangNi Museum. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Gongsanseong, see the interesting displays at Gongju National Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gongju travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Jeju to Gongju with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Gongju are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buan-gun.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

1
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Buan-gun

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naesosa Temple and then explore the striking landscape of Byeonsanbando National Park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Buan-gun visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gongju to Buan-gun. Traveling from Gongju in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Buan-gun, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Buan-gun

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Gwangju

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll around Mudeungsan National Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Yangnim-dong History & Culture Village.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gwangju trip itinerary planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buan-gun to Gwangju. Traveling from Buan-gun in December, you will find days in Gwangju are little chillier (1°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Suncheon.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

2
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Suncheon

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saseongam Temple 四聖庵, take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Jukdobong Park, then make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set, and then walk around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Suncheon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gwangju to Suncheon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

3
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Busan

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, stroll around Busan Citizens Park, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Busan planning website.

You can drive from Suncheon to Busan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Suncheon in December, you will find days in Busan are somewhat warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

2
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Gyeongju

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Tongiljeon. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in December, you will find days in Gyeongju are little chillier (3°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Sokcho

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 14th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, then head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, and finally go for a walk through Cheonjin Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sokcho trip planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Chuncheon

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 16th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Gugok Pokpo and then head off the coast to Nami Island.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chuncheon journey maker website.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

5
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Seoul

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 19th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, explore the world behind art at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Seoul route planner.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In December, daytime highs in Seoul are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks

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.