24 days in South Korea Itinerary

24 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 3 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 2 nights
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Donghae
— 1 night
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Busan

— 3 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: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Busan is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Busan. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Busan to be colder, temps between 10°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums
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Pyeongchang-gun

— 2 nights
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa Temple and then hit the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangwonsa and then meet the residents at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

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Traveling by flight from Busan to Pyeongchang-gun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Donghae

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): head outdoors with Mangsang Beach and then admire the verdant scenery at Mureung Valley.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pyeongchang-gun to Donghae. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Sokcho.

Things to do in Donghae

Nature · Outdoors · Parks
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Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple). Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sokcho tour website.

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Sokcho with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa and then head off the coast to Nami Island.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon trip maker site.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Yongin to see Everland about 1h 15 min away. Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, observe the fascinating underwater world at Coex Aquarium, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 7 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.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). Spend the 30th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum, stroll around Sarabong Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip planner.

Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. On the 5th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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.