21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Seoul
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Suwon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gangneung
— 2 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Daejeon
— 1 night
Train
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Fly
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Jeju, Jeju Island
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Busan
— 3 nights
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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.
Let the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and The War Memorial of Korea capture your imagination. Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Paju (Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park, The Third Tunnel, &more). There's lots more to do: visit Insadong, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Seoul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brussels in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Seoul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Suwon.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 14:

Suwon — 2 nights

City of Filial Piety

The city of Suwon lies close to the country's capital, and brings in visitors on day trips, mainly to see its old city walls.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Yeonmudae (Dongjangdae) as well as Korean Folk Village. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Yeonmudae (Dongjangdae), try out the rides at Korean Folk Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Suwon Jeil Church, steep yourself in history at Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Hwaseong Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Hwahongmun Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Nam June Paik Art Center, wander the streets of Jukjeon Cafe Street, then explore the world behind art at Hoam Art Museum, then examine the collection at Samsung Transportation Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Suwon IPark Museum of Art.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Suwon journey planning app.

Getting from Seoul to Suwon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a subway. Traveling from Seoul in September, expect nights in Suwon to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gangneung.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Gangneung — 2 nights

A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Gyeongpodae, then engage your brain at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jeongdongjin Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Haslla Art World. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Gangneung Jungang Market, then kick back and relax at Gyeongpo Beach, and finally examine the collection at Ojukheon.

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Traveling by car from Suwon to Gangneung takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Suwon in September, expect Gangneung to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Andong.
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Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites · Parks
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Andong — 2 nights

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 19th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Byeongsan Seowon, examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Andong Folk Village, examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Andong day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Gangneung to Andong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 21st (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Daejeon Jungang Market, steep yourself in history at Uam historical Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art, then get curious at Expo Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at Daejeon Museum of Art.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Daejeon day trip site.

Traveling by car from Andong to Daejeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Gyeongju.
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Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Parks
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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.
On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, then appreciate the history behind Seokguram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Golgulsa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gyeongju trip planner.

Take a train from Daejeon to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Jeju, Jeju Island

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.
For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Jeju holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Gyeongju in September, expect Jeju to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 26°C. You will leave for Busan on the 23rd (Fri).
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Parks · Museums · Tours · Nature
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Busan — 3 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get some historical perspective at Haedong Yonggungsa and Yeongdo Lighthouse. Visit Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at UN Memorial Cemetery, and make a trip to BIFF Square.

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You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Busan when traveling from Jeju in September, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

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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