16 days in South Korea Itinerary

16 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea route planner
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 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 sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and wander the streets of Insadong.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seoul online travel route planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Seoul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seoul, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, then hike along Biryong Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Sokcho attractions planner.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sokcho when traveling from Seoul in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju day trip planning website.

You can fly from Sokcho to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Busan.
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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 sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in September, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Jeju.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gasiri Wind Power Plant). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, stroll around Sarabong Park, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju online visit planner.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Busan in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Jeju, with lows around 26°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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