23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Train
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Daejeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seoul
— 5 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.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, hit the bull's-eye at 9.81 Park, and get outside with Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju trip planning website.

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar to Jeju is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Yangon (Rangoon) to Jeju is 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly 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.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Haeundae Beach, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, get great views at Taejongdae, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Busan trip builder site.

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. Traveling from Jeju in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Busan, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

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 11th (Sun), make a splash at Gyeongju California Beach Water Park, contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and then examine the collection at Ulsan Daegok Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Busan in September: highs in Gyeongju hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 2 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
On the 13th (Tue), see the sky in a new way at National Science Museum, then contemplate the long history of Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gapsa temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Daecheongho Natural Ecology Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Daejeon vacation site.

Getting from Gyeongju to Daejeon by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Andong.
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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 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then steep yourself in history at Okyeonjeongsa House. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock-carved Standing Buddha.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Andong online trip builder.

Drive from Daejeon to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Sokcho.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baekdamsa Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sokcho online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Andong to Sokcho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Sokcho, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car 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 23rd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: get great views at N Seoul Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:

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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