20 days in South Korea Itinerary

20 days in South Korea Itinerary

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20 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Seoul
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Daejeon
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Jeonju
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Gwangju
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Jeju
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Busan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gyeongju
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Andong
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Pyeongchang-gun
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
9
Sokcho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Chuncheon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Seoul

2
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Skyroad.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Daejeon trip itinerary maker .

Seoul to Daejeon is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Daejeon are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jeonju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Gongsanseong
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:
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Yuseong Hot Springs ©
Yuseong Hot Springs
Gongsanseong ©
Gongsanseong
Hanbat Arboretum
Hanbat Arboretum

3
nights
Jeonju

Jeonju ©
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Explore Jeonju's surroundings by going to Busosanseong (in Buyeo-gun) and Gunsan (Japanese-style House in Sinheung-dong (Hirotsu House) & Chowon Studio). There's much more to do: make a trip to Jeonju Hanok Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeondong Catholic Church, admire the striking features of Jeonju Gaeksa, and steep yourself in history at Pungnammun Gate.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jeonju day trip planner .

Drive from Daejeon to Jeonju in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Daejeon in December since evenings lows in Jeonju dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeonju

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Gunsan, Busosanseong
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Jeondong Catholic Church ©
Jeondong Catholic Church
Jeonju Hanok Village ©
Jeonju Hanok Village
Busosanseong ©
Busosanseong

2
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, and then make a trip to 1913 Songjeong Market. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unjusa, then explore the world behind art at Uijae Museum of Korean Art, and then take a peaceful walk through Damyang Juknokwon.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gwangju trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Jeonju to Gwangju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Jeonju in December, you will find days in Gwangju are little chillier (1°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Gwangju

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Unjusa, Damyang Juknokwon
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Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
Unjusa ©
Unjusa
Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple ©
Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple

3
nights
Jeju

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Cheonjiyeon Falls, & more). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain, head off the coast to Udo, take in the exciting artwork at The Islander, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jeju day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Gwangju to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Udo ©
Udo

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, historic sites, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village, and don't miss a visit to Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Busan journey maker app .

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In December in Busan, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Gamcheon Culture Village

1
night
Gyeongju

Gyeongju
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju day trip planner.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Busan in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 3°C by day to 0°C at night. You'll set off for Andong on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

2
nights
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Step out of Andong to go to Yeongju and see Buseoksa Temple, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, steep yourself in history at Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-carved Standing Buddha, and snap pictures at Wollyeongo Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Andong route planner .

Take a bus from Gyeongju to Andong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Andong, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Buseoksa Temple
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple
Hahoe Mask Museum ©
Hahoe Mask Museum

few
hours
Pyeongchang-gun

Pyeongchang-gun
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pyeongchang-gun trip itinerary app .

Getting from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. On the 21st (Mon), you're off toSokcho.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

1
night
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): trek along Ulsanbawi Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sokcho trip website .

Traveling by car from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock

2
nights
Chuncheon

Chuncheon ©
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 23rd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, then get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park, and then head off the coast to Nami Island.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Chuncheon planning website .

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street ©

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