35 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Daejeon
— 4 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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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. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). Spend the 6th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, stroll around Sarabong Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip itinerary site.

Sydney, Australia to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Busan.
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Busan — 5 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Haeundae Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Busan day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In December, daytime highs in Busan are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Daegu (Daemyung Oil Reservoir & Seomun Market) and Ulsan Daegok Museum (in Ulsan). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 4 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Daejeon: Gongju (Gongju National Museum, Magoksa Temple, &more), Cheongnamdae (in Cheongju) and Buyeo National Museum (in Buyeo-gun). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwanchoksa Temple and see the interesting displays at Currency Museum.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Daejeon travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Gyeongju to Daejeon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in December, Daejeon is slightly colder at night with lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pyeongchang-gun.
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Pyeongchang-gun — 3 nights

A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju), Cheonglyeongpo (in Yeongwol-gun) and Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangwonsa, and get outside with Phoenix Snow Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pyeongchang-gun travel route planner.

You can drive from Daejeon to Pyeongchang-gun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

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You can drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.
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Chuncheon — 1 night

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 27th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa and then head off the coast to Nami Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chuncheon online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Seoul.
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Seoul — 8 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.
Step out of Seoul to go to Yongin and see Everland, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Pack the 30th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, and make a trip to N Seoul Tower.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Seoul online travel planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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