31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 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
— 3 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gwangchigi Beach). Spend the 7th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, stroll through Jeju Olle Trail Routes, and go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju trip planner.

Ahmedabad, India to Jeju is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Jeju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Gongju

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gapsa temple, examine the collection at Buyeo National Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Muryeong Wangreung Exhibition Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, then examine the collection at Gongju National Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gongju trip site.

Explore your travel options from Jeju to Gongju with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Gongju can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buan-gun.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Buan-gun

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naesosa Temple and then explore the striking landscape of Byeonsanbando National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Buan-gun journey tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Buan-gun

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Gwangju

— 3 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Explore Gwangju's surroundings by going to Naejangsan National Park (in Sunchang-gun) and Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, stroll around Peace Park, head outdoors with Soswaewon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gwangju day trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buan-gun to Gwangju. While traveling from Buan-gun, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gwangju, ranging from highs of 1°C to lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Suncheon.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Suncheon

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saseongam Temple 四聖庵, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songgwangsa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Jukdobong Park, then don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set, and then stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Suncheon online trip builder.

Getting from Gwangju to Suncheon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Haeundae Beach, walk around Dongbaekseom, get great views at Taejongdae, and kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Busan attractions planner.

You can drive from Suncheon to Busan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Suncheon in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Gyeongju

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Seokguram.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in December, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are little chillier, around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Nami Island and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chuncheon trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Gyeongju to Chuncheon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chuncheon when traveling from Gyeongju in December, with lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, then head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonjin Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sokcho route builder tool.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 28th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, and explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul route planner.

Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.