17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

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17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sokcho
— 2 nights
3
Busan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cape Town

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 museums, shopping, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip planning app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Seoul is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Seoul is 7 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect Seoul to be colder, temps between 3°C and -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

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

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baekdamsa Temple, and then get outside with Jujeongol.

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You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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, historic sites, shopping, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwangalli Beach, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan online vacation planner .

Drive from Sokcho to Busan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Busan sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

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

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

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, Gwangchigi Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, explore the galleries of Hallim Park, take a peaceful walk through Halla Mountain, and walk around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park.

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Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

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