7 days in South Korea Itinerary

7 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
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Busan
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Jeju, Jeju Island
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Seoul — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): visit Bukchon Hanok Village and then take a stroll through Insadong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, stroll through Cheonggyecheon Stream, and then steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to Seoul is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Doha in January, with highs in Seoul at 1°C and lows at -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.
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Busan — 1 night

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Busan: highs are around 7°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Jeju.
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Step out of Jeju to go to Seogwipo and see Halla Mountain, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave and identify plant and animal life at Roe Deer Observation Center.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Wildlife · Tours · Transportation · Outdoors
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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.