21 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Busan — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Busan: Changwon (Masan Agu-jjim Street, Yeojwacheon Stream, &more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Busan trip itinerary maker site.

Warsaw, Poland to Busan is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Warsaw to Busan due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Warsaw in May; daily highs in Busan reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Shilla Arts and Science Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in May, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, get outside with Hamdeok Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park.

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Getting from Gyeongju 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 12th (Fri) so you can fly 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 13th (Sat): trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinheungsa Temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho day trip app.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Chuncheon.
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Chuncheon — 1 night

The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the activities along Gugok Pokpo, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then take in panoramic vistas at Uiamho Sky Work.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chuncheon day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Chuncheon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Seoul.
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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.
Step out of Seoul to go to Paju and see DMZ Haemaru Village, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, and admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In May, daytime highs in Seoul are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) 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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