34 days in South Korea Itinerary

34 days in South Korea Itinerary

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34 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Busan
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Andong
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Pyeongchang-gun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Chuncheon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Seoul
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Daejeon
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: London

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, and stroll around Yongdusan Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Busan driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Busan is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Busan, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Busan, with lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

2
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Silla Arts And Science Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Ulsan Daegok Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju day trip site.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Busan in December, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ulsan Daegok Museum
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Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond

3
nights
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Explore Andong's surroundings by going to Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju) and Cheongsong-gun (Jusanji Pond & Juwangsan National Park). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village and examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum.

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You can take a bus from Gyeongju to Andong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cheongsong-gun, Cheongnyangsa Temple, Buseoksa Temple
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple
Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park

3
nights
Pyeongchang-gun

Pyeongchang-gun ©
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pyeongchang-gun: Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun) and Danyang-gun (Gosu Cave & Guinsa Temple). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, get to know the resident critters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, examine the collection at Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pyeongchang-gun day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

Danyang-gun, Jeongseon 5-day Market
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Phoenix Snow Park ©
Phoenix Snow Park
Gosu Cave ©
Gosu Cave
Woljeongsa
Woljeongsa

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple and then explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonjin Beach, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho day trip planning tool.

Drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Cheonjin Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Osaek Jujeongol Valley ©
Osaek Jujeongol Valley
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

2
nights
Chuncheon

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 19th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Interactive Art Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then stroll around Jade Garden Natural Arboretum. On the next day, step on board at Soyang Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, and then see the interesting displays at Gangwondo Forest Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chuncheon trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Interactive Art Museum
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa
Interactive Art Museum ©
Interactive Art Museum

6
nights
Seoul

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Janganmun Gate). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, and get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Suwon
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

4
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gongju (Gapsa temple, Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, &more) and Cheongju (Cheongju National Museum & Cheongnamdae). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Spring, take an in-depth tour of Daejeon Modern History Exhibition Hall, don't miss a visit to Mokcheokgyo Bridge, and examine the collection at Currency Museum.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Daejeon journey planner.

Traveling by train from Seoul to Daejeon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Daejeon are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gongju, Cheongju
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Currency Museum ©
Currency Museum
Yuseong Hot Spring ©
Yuseong Hot Spring
Gongsanseong ©
Gongsanseong

6
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, walk around Handam Park, get outside with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju journey planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Daejeon to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Jeju Island, Seogwipo
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Udo ©
Udo

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