12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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12 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Busan
— 2 nights
3
Gyeongju
— 1 night
4
Sokcho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Seoul
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Seattle

2
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Go for a jaunt from Jeju to Seogwipo to see Seongsan Ilchulbong about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take a peaceful walk through Halla Mountain, stroll through Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Jeju is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Korea Standard Time is 17 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 25th (Tue), stroll through Gwangalli Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and finally stroll through Yongdusan Park.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Busan travel planning website .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the activities along Anapji Pond, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gyeongju road trip site .

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Busan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 38°F to lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

1
night
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sokcho journey planning app .

Drive from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature Parks
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park

3
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 historic sites, shopping, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seoul online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

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

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