31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea attractions planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Boeun-gun
— 2 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Chuncheon
— 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, get in on the family fun at Eco Land Theme Park, get curious at Nexon Computer Museum, and hike along Saryeoni Forest Path.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Jeju trip itinerary website.

Dallas, USA to Jeju is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Dallas to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Busan

— 4 nights
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: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, examine the collection at Busan Museum, and stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Busan trip app.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In January, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Gyeongju

— 3 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: Daewangam Park (in Ulsan), Daegu (Seomun Market & Heeum - Museum of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in January, plan for little chillier days in Gyeongju, with highs around 34°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Boeun-gun.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Boeun-gun

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Songnisan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Samnyeon Sanseong Fortress and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beopjusa Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Boeun-gun holiday maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gyeongju to Boeun-gun. Traveling from Gyeongju in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Boeun-gun, with lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Boeun-gun

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Pyeongchang-gun

— 2 nights
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple and then hit the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, see the interesting displays at Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall, and then hunt for treasures at Jeongseon 5-day Market.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pyeongchang-gun trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boeun-gun to Pyeongchang-gun. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley, Naksansa Temple, &more). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's lots more to do: cool off at Seorak Waterpia, get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, and get great views at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sokcho road trip website.

Traveling by car from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chuncheon

— 2 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park, then head off the coast to Nami Island, and then pause for some photo ops at Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Statue of Peace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, and then take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chuncheon itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°F in January, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (in Gwacheon) and Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Suwoncheon). Pack the 25th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, take a stroll through Insadong, and stop by Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul attractions planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 35°F in January, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.