20 days in South Korea Itinerary

20 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Halla Mountain, &more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, and don't miss a visit to Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju road trip app.

Doha, Qatar to Jeju is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Doha to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:

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 Yongdusan Park, make a trip to BIFF Square, and hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan day trip app.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Sokcho.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple and then get outside with Osaek Jujeongol Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sokcho travel app.

You can fly from Busan to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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.
On the 25th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Chuncheon trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Chuncheon are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Everland in Yongin (about 1h 15 min away). Pack the 28th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, and take a stroll through Insadong.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. In December in Seoul, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — Jan 1:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.