22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea visit planner

Make it your trip
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Seoul
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gangneung
— 1 night
Fly
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Daegu
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Seoul

— 5 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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Times Square Mallfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grevin Museum and Seodaemun Prison History Hall. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, make a trip to Changgyeonggung Palace, explore the wide array of goods at Shinsegae Dept. Store Main, and examine the collection at National Palace Museum of Korea.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul journey builder website.

Manchester, UK to Seoul is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in January, expect Seoul to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gangneung.

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Gangneung

— 1 night
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Jeongdongjin Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gangmun Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gyeongpo Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gangneung trip site.

Getting from Seoul to Gangneung by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Daegu.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Daegu

— 3 nights
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Deabak Plaza and Kyungpook National University Museum. Dorimsa Temple and Bullodong Ancient Tomb Park will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Seomun Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pagyesa Temple, see the interesting displays at Heeum - Museum of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, and stroll around Apsan Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Daegu trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Gangneung to Daegu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Busan.

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Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Take a break from the city and head to Songdo Beach and Gwangalli Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gyeongju National Museum and Dadaepo Beach. Go for a jaunt from Busan to Gyeongju to see Cheonmachong Tomb about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at UN Memorial Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Mare, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Busan holiday planner.

You can take a train from Daegu to Busan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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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. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Play Kpop and Spirited Garden. Step off the beaten path and head to Hyeopjae Beach and Seopjikoji. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, &more). Spend the 19th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at The Islander, shop like a local with Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema, explore the ancient world of Hangpaduri Hangmong Historic Site, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jeju travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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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.