25 days in South Korea Itinerary

25 days in South Korea Itinerary

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25 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Male
Ferry + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Busan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Andong
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Seoul
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
7
Daejeon
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly + Ferry:  13​h 45​min
End: Male

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Take a break from Busan with a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje, about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, and take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Busan online trip maker .

Male, Maldives to Busan is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Male to Busan due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Male in December; daily highs in Busan reach 10°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), appreciate the history behind Seokguram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then find something for the whole family at Gyeongju World. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and then examine the collection at Ulsan Daegok Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Busan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 1°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ulsan Daegok Museum
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

3
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.
Explore Andong's surroundings by going to Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian School & Buseoksa Temple) and Cheongsong-gun (Jusanji Pond & Juwangsan National Park). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Andong online itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Gyeongju to Andong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Andong are 1°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yeongju, Cheongsong-gun, Cheongnyangsa Temple
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple
Sosuseowon Confucian School ©
Sosuseowon Confucian School

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sokcho online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Andong to Sokcho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Cheonjin Beach
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Osaek Jujeongol Valley ©
Osaek Jujeongol Valley
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon online visit planner .

Getting from Sokcho to Chuncheon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa

4
nights
Seoul

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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get in on the family fun at Lotte World, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In January, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

3
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Change things up with these side-trips from Daejeon: Buyeo National Museum (in Buyeo-gun), Cheongnamdae (in Cheongju) and Gongju (Muryeong Wangreung Exhibition Hall & Magoksa Temple). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beopjusa Temple, take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs, see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, and make a trip to Mokcheokgyo Bridge.

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Take a train from Seoul to Daejeon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Daejeon sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gongju, Buyeo National Museum, Beopjusa Temple, Cheongnamdae
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Beopjusa Temple ©
Beopjusa Temple
Yuseong Hot Springs ©
Yuseong Hot Springs
Currency Museum ©
Currency Museum

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Halla Mountain). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, stroll around Sarabong Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, and get in on the family fun at Hallim Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju road trip website .

Getting from Daejeon to Jeju by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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