18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Jeonju
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
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Incheon
— 2 nights
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Seoul — 4 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.
Seoul is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary app.

Perth, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Perth in December; daily highs in Seoul reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Jeonju.
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Jeonju — 1 night

If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Pungnammun Gate, contemplate the long history of Gyeonggijeon Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondong Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Jeonju itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Seoul to Jeonju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 3 nights

Change things up with a short trip to Nami Island in Chuncheon (about 1h 40 min away). Pack the 30th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Enjoy Seoul some more: get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myeong-dong Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seoul holiday app.

Traveling by car from Jeonju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Jeonju in December; daily highs in Seoul reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. You'll set off for Busan on the 1st (Sun).
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Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Busan — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Yu Chi-hwan Postbox Observatory and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, then head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, and finally don't miss a visit to Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip maker site.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seoul in January, with highs in Busan at 7°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Jeju.
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Parks · Spas · Outdoors · Beaches
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road), go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and stroll through Yongduam Rock.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jeju trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly to Incheon.
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Incheon — 2 nights

The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Incheon is known for sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bomunsa Temple, take an in-depth tour of Jjajangmyeon Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sinpo International Market, and stroll around Incheon Jayu Park.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Incheon vacation maker site.

Fly from Jeju to Incheon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, train, and subway. In January, daily temperatures in Incheon can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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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.
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