23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Busan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Gwacheon to see MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, and get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seoul holiday maker app.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Seoul is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in February; daily highs in Seoul reach 41°F and lows reach 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, and then make a trip to Daepo Port.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sokcho trip builder site.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 6 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Suwon (Suwon Jeil Church & Hwaseong Fortress) and Korean Folk Village (in Yongin). Pack the 23rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Explore Seoul further: admire the masterpieces at Seoul Arts Center, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Myeong-dong Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Hongik University Street.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Gyeongju.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
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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 1st (Wed), appreciate the history behind Seokguram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Hyanggyo, and finally contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip planner.

Fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in February, Gyeongju is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.
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Busan — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 3rd (Fri), snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Gukje Market, and finally get great views at Yu Chi-hwan Postbox Observatory.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Busan visit planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road), then take in the dramatic scenery at Cheonjiyeon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jeongbang Waterfall. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Halla Mountain.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jeju tour planning site.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Busan.
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Busan — 3 nights

See some other sides of Busan: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to BIFF Square, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and stroll through Yongdusan Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel 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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Gangwon-do travel guide

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Islands · National Parks · Beaches
Predominantly mountainous, the northernmost province of Gangwon-do offers a wide range of outdoor activities in natural scenery. A typical Gangwon-do itinerary includes scenic hikes through national parks dotted by Buddha statues and tall pagodas, plus relaxation on clean beaches in summer or excellent skiing in winter. Take a cable car to enjoy a view of the World Heritage-listed mountain biosphere, and tour the Demilitarized Zone to understand the magnitude of foreign-imposed division. Forests with edible alpine plants and mushrooms add unique flavors to Gangwon-do's cuisine, which also uses cuttlefish and pollock harvested from the long, steep coast.
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