23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Jinju
— 1 night
Drive
4
Busan
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Seoul
— 5 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 hidden gems such as Hyeopjae Beach and Yakchunsa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Alive Museum Jeju, &more). Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Bijarim Forest, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Saebyeol Oreum, Head underground at Ssangyong Cave, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jeju trip maker app.

Seoul to Jeju is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Jeju are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 2 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Okcheon Seowon, then admire the natural beauty at Suncheon Bay Garden, then walk around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, and finally deepen your understanding at Suncheon Hyanggyo.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Suncheon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Suncheon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Jeju in October since evenings lows in Suncheon dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Jinju.
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Jinju — 1 night

Jinju is a city in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chunggoksa Temple, admire the masterpieces at Jinju Art Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Jinjuseong.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jinju road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Suncheon to Jinju with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Taejongdae and Beomeosa Temple. Take a break from Busan with a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje, about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, go for a walk through Igidae Park, and kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan route planner.

Explore your travel options from Jinju to Busan with the Route module. October in Busan sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, and then pause for some photo ops at Daereungwon Tomb Complex.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Byeongsan Seowon, then contemplate the long history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Andong Taesamyo, take in the views from Weolyeonggyo Bridge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-carved Standing Buddha.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Andong trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Gyeongju to Andong by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time 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 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Daepo Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Statue of Peace. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, contemplate the long history of Gwongeumseong Fortress, then head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally make a trip to Seorak Cinerma.

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Drive from Andong to Sokcho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Sokcho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Trickeye Museum Seoul and Ewha Womans University. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Jogyesa Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Seoul visit planner.

Getting from Sokcho to Seoul by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In October in Seoul, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough 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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