21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 1 night
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Daejeon
— 1 night
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 4 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.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, head outdoors with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jeju attractions planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Jeju is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Jeju. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

Busan

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, and head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Busan sightseeing website.

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In August, daytime highs in Busan are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

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 22nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Ulsan Daegok Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip maker tool.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

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.
On the 24th (Tue), snap pictures at Weolyeonggyo Bridge, then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Andong trip builder website.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in August: highs in Andong hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Andong

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:

Daejeon

— 1 night
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
On the 25th (Wed), shop like a local with Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art, then see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, and then take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Daejeon road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Andong to Daejeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Daejeon, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Daejeon

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): head outdoors with Biryong Falls, then get outside with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho online trip maker.

Drive from Daejeon to Sokcho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Seoul

— 6 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 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at N Seoul Tower, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, visit Myeongdong Shopping Street, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 2:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.