31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea holiday planner

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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Boeun-gun
— 1 night
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Andong
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace & Hwaseong Fortress). Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, wander the streets of Insadong, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul itinerary builder site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, expect Seoul to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 2:

Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Yangyang-gun (Naksan Beach, Naksansa Temple, &more). Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and go for a walk through Cheonjin Beach.

Plan my day in Sokcho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Boeun-gun.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Boeun-gun

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Songnisan National Park.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Boeun-gun tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sokcho to Boeun-gun. January in Boeun-gun sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Andong.

Things to do in Boeun-gun

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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Andong

— 3 nights

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Andong: Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Gounsa Temple (in Uiseong-gun) and Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and take in the dramatic natural features at Buyongdae.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Andong route planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Boeun-gun to Andong. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Andong when traveling from Boeun-gun in January, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Gyeongju

— 4 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon), Bangokji Reservoir (in Gyeongsan) and Donghwasa (in Daegu). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, take a peaceful walk through Ganwoljae Plateau, get in on the family fun at Gyeongju World, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Andong to Gyeongju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Busan

— 5 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, don't miss a visit to Nakdong Estuary Eco Center, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Gyeongju to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, stroll through Hamdeok Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju sightseeing site.

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 25th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 25:

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.