15 days in South Korea Itinerary

15 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea route planner

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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Seoul

— 5 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 8th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, take in panoramic vistas at N Seoul Tower, and shop like a local with Namdaemun Market.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Seoul is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Seoul, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January; daily highs in Seoul reach 1°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:

Gyeongju

— 1 night

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 12th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gyeongju online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gyeongju, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks
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Busan

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): make a trip to Haeundae Cinema Street, take some stellar pictures from Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and finally take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stroll through Yongdusan Park, and finally hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Busan itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Gyeongju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 7°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas
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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. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gwangchigi Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, explore the world behind art at Jeju Folk Museum, get curious at Nexon Computer Museum, and head off the coast to Udo.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jeju trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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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.