15 days in South Korea Itinerary

15 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea sightseeing planner
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Busan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Hamdeok Beach and Submarine Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Yongmeori Beach & Jeongbang Waterfall). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and get outside with Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jeju online trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Jeju is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at UN Memorial Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and then head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Busan online vacation 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. August in Busan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.
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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.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Gyeongju trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in August, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Andong.
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Andong — 1 night

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum and then contemplate the long history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Andong trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Andong: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Seoul.
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Seoul — 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Do some cultural sightseeing at Trickeye Museum Seoul and Insadong. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, see the interesting displays at Love Museum, admire the striking features of Deoksugung, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Andong to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Seoul sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back 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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