16 days in South Korea Itinerary

16 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 1 night
Fly
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Busan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seoul journey planner.

New York City, USA to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Seoul due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

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Sokcho

— 1 night
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sokcho trip maker.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Busan.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks
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Busan

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwangalli Beach, and see the interesting displays at Busan Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Sokcho to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Halla Mountain, &more). Spend the 29th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hamdeok Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, head off the coast to Udo, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

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Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.