20 days in South Korea Itinerary

20 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Gangneung
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Grevin Museum. For shopping fun, head to Namdaemun Market or Creative Life Store KEY. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Deoksugung, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and explore the world behind art at Seoul Arts Center.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in January, things will get colder in Seoul: highs are around 1°C and lows about -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gangneung.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:

Gangneung

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Anmok Beach, head outdoors with Gyeongpo Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gangmun Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Ojukheon, then kick back and relax at Jeongdongjin Beach, and then stroll around Tongil Park (Unification Park).

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangneung holiday planner.

You can drive from Seoul to Gangneung in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Gyeongju

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, then contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and then admire the masterpieces at Art Sonje Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Gangneung to Gyeongju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Busan

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore hidden gems such as UN Memorial Cemetery and Songdo Beach. Head to Busan Gamcheon Culture Village and Shinsegae Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, shop like a local with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan online tour planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hyeopjae Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like PLAY KPOP and The Islander. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Alive Museum Jeju, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Spirited Garden, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, take a peaceful walk through Bijarim Forest, and go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju tour planning app.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — Feb 1:

South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
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.