31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly to Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513), Drive to Gongju
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Gongju
— 2 nights
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Buan-gun
— 1 night
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Gwangju
— 2 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Gwakji Gwamul Beach, walk around Sarabong Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Jeju is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Jeju, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:

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Gongju

Gongju, also spelt Kongju, is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea.HistoryGongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Busosanseong Fortress, then examine the collection at Buyeo National Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Baekje Royal Tombs (Neungsan-ri Ancient Tombs). On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Gongsanseong, then examine the collection at Gongju National Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gongju driving holiday planning app.

Explore your travel options from Jeju to Gongju with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Buan-gun.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

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Buan-gun

On the 10th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Byeonsanbando National Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naesosa Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaeamsa Temple.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Buan-gun tour planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Gongju to Buan-gun with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Buan-gun when traveling from Gongju in December, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Buan-gun

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

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Gwangju

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. On the 11th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Yangnim-dong History & Culture Village. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Gwangjuho Lake Eco Park, get outside with Soswaewon, and then examine the collection at Gwangju National Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gwangju trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Buan-gun to Gwangju with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Buan-gun in December: highs in Gwangju hover around 1°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Suncheon.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

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Suncheon

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saseongam Temple 四聖庵, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Suncheon Bay Garden, don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set, and then stroll around Jukdobong Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Suncheon day trip planning app.

Getting from Gwangju to Suncheon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Suncheon are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

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Busan

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: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, and get great views at Taejongdae.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Busan online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Suncheon to Busan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Suncheon in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

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Gyeongju

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 20th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Gyeongju World, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Busan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

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Sokcho

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, get outside with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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Chuncheon

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 24th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War, head off the coast to Nami Island, and then wander the streets of Kim You-jeong House of Literature.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Chuncheon trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Chuncheon sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

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Seoul

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 29th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Myeongdong Shopping Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:

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.