15 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 2 nights
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Hongcheon-gun
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nexon Computer Museum, Iho Tewoo Beach, Jeongbang Waterfall, and other attractions you added.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jeju sightseeing planner.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to Jeju is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Busan.
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Busan — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Busan Museum of Art, United Nations Peace Memorial Hall, Yeongdo Lighthouse, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stop by Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, then take in the pleasant sights at Songdo Skywalk, and then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Trick Eye Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Busan Tower, then enjoy the sea views from Yeongdo Lighthouse, and finally learn about all things military at United Nations Peace Memorial Hall.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Busan online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. December in Busan sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Gyeongju.
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Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Namsan Mountain, Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park, Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village, and other attractions you added. On the 23rd (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Namsan Mountain and then take in the views from Woljeonggyo Bridge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village and then get in on the family fun at Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip planner.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in December, plan for slightly colder days in Gyeongju, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seoul.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jfromkorea, 63 City, Starfield COEX Mall, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Baek In-je's House, don't miss a visit to Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), then indulge your taste buds at Jfromkorea, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kwangjang Market. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Common Ground, buy something for everyone on your list at Starfield COEX Mall, then explore the activities along Seokchon Lake, and finally admire the striking features of 63 City.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Seoul itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Gyeongju in December, plan for little chillier nights in Seoul, with lows around -5°C. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hongcheon-gun.
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Hongcheon-gun — 1 night

On the 27th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sutasa Temple and then find something for the whole family at Vivaldi Park Ocean World.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hongcheon-gun trip builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seoul to Hongcheon-gun. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Wed) before leaving for Seoul.
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Seoul — 4 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Jfromkorea, Hongdae Art Market Free Market, 63 City, and other attractions you added. Enjoy Seoul some more: get great views at N Seoul Tower, contemplate the long history of Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun), shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongeunsa Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hongcheon-gun to Seoul. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for home.
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South Korea travel guide

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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.
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