21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Busan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yangyang-gun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, examine the collection at Jeju National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, and get outside with Hallasan.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jeju sightseeing planner.

New Delhi, India to Jeju is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Jeju. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Busan

— 3 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: get outside with Haeundae Beach, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, walk around Yongdusan Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple.

For where to stay and tourist information, use the Busan road trip tool.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In January, daytime highs in Busan are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Silla Arts And Science Museum, then appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gyeongju road trip planner.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in January, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are little chillier, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Yangyang-gun.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Yangyang-gun

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Tue), kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Hajodae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yangyang-gun itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Yangyang-gun in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Yangyang-gun

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

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.
On the 28th (Thu), stroll around Kalbongsan Recreational Forest, then head off the coast to Nami Island, and then head off the coast to Jarasum Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Statue of Peace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, and then take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chuncheon online travel planner.

Getting from Yangyang-gun to Chuncheon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

Seoul

— 6 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.
Pack the 4th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, visit Myeongdong Shopping Street, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul driving holiday planning website.

Drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. January in Seoul sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:

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.