31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 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
— 2 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 27th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, head outdoors with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, stroll around Sarabong Park, and trek along Saryeoni Forest Path.

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New York City, USA to Jeju is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) 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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at SeokJangNi Museum, then examine the collection at Buyeo National Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gapsa temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Gongsanseong, then see the interesting displays at Gongju National Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Magoksa Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gongju trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jeju to Gongju. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Buan-gun.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Buan-gun

On the 3rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Naesosa Temple and then explore the striking landscape of Byeonsanbando National Park.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Buan-gun trip itinerary maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gongju to Buan-gun. Traveling from Gongju in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Buan-gun, with lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Buan-gun

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

2
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Gwangju

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): take a stroll through Dongmyeong-dong Cafe Street, head outdoors with Soswaewon, and then walk around Gwangjuho Lake Eco Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gwangju travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Buan-gun to Gwangju. Traveling from Buan-gun in December, you will find days in Gwangju are little chillier (35°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Suncheon.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saseongam Temple 四聖庵, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Suncheon Bay Garden and then don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Suncheon road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gwangju to Suncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Suncheon can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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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: get outside with Haeundae Beach, stroll around Yongdusan Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Busan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Suncheon to Busan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Suncheon in December: highs in Busan hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
On the 13th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gyerim Forest.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju online day trip planner.

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 slightly colder (38°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Sokcho

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sokcho tour planner.

Getting from Gyeongju to Sokcho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 17th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Homyeong Lake, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then pause for some photo ops at Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at World Oncheon.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chuncheon travel route builder website.

Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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 23rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, stop by Insadong, and make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul vacation builder website.

Getting from Chuncheon to Seoul by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · 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.