22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea journey planner

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Seoul
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Seoul

— 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Mapodaegyo Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Seoul Arts Center, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, and finally learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Seoul is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 12 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, expect Seoul to be much colder, temps between 1°C and -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Chuncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a subway; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, then cool off at Seorak Waterpia, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sokcho online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Chuncheon to Sokcho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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 9th (Mon): explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Art Sonje Museum, steep yourself in history at Seokguram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju road trip planning tool.

Drive from Sokcho to Gyeongju in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Halla Mountain.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Jeju online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Jeju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

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, examine the collection at Busan Museum, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Busan travel planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Seoul

— 8 nights
Pack the 17th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. See even more of Seoul: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seoul tour site.

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Busan in January, expect Seoul to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 23:

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.