20 days in South Korea Itinerary

20 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seoul
— 5 nights
Train
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Daejeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Andong
— 1 night
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
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Busan
— 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, contemplate the geological forces at Geumak Oreum Volcanic Cone, stroll around Sarabong Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju day trip tool.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Jeju is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in September, plan for slightly colder days in Jeju, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a splash at Seorak Waterpia, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple, and finally enjoy the sea views from Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho vacation website.

Getting from Jeju to Sokcho by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In September, Sokcho is little chillier than Jeju - with highs of 23°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 5 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.
Pack the 12th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: get great views at N Seoul Tower, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, and don't miss a visit to Jongmyo Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 1 night

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Maninsan Mountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Daeheungdong Catholic Church, then examine the collection at Currency Museum, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Daejeon day trip app.

You can take a train from Seoul to Daejeon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in September, Daejeon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) 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 15th (Thu): examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Andong travel app.

You can drive from Daejeon to Andong in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Andong sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Seokguram, then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju online tour planner.

Getting from Andong to Gyeongju by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.
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Busan — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
When in Busan, make a side trip to see Beopgi Fountainhead in Yangsan, approximately Yangsan away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Haeundae Beach, take an in-depth tour of Bokcheon Museum, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Busan trip builder app.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in September: highs in Busan hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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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