21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner

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Busan
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Busan holiday website.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Busan is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from San Juan to Busan due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Juan in December: high temperatures in Busan hover around 10°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

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.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). Spend the 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, stroll around Sarabong Park, step off the mainland to explore Udo, and kick your exploration up a notch at Zipline Jeju.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jeju online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:

Chuncheon

— 2 nights
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 1st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Ewhawon, then head off the coast to Nami Island, and then head off the coast to Jarasum Island. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and then take a stroll through Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chuncheon tour itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Jeju to Chuncheon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Everland in Yongin (about 1h 15 min away). Pack the 8th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul vacation builder.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In January, daytime highs in Seoul are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 9:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.