31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip maker

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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Daejeon
— 3 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Andong
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Seoul

— 4 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 25th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, and don't miss a visit to Myeongdong Shopping Street.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Seoul online day trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Seoul is 6 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in May: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:

Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley, Naksansa Temple, &more) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, head outdoors with Biryong Falls, explore the fascinating underground world of Geumganggul Cave, and take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sokcho itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Daejeon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Daejeon

— 3 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Daejeon: Musangsa Temple (in Gyeryong), Busosanseong Fortress (in Buyeo-gun) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, see the interesting displays at Gongju National Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yurim Park, and take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Daejeon road trip planner.

Drive from Sokcho to Daejeon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Suncheon.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:

Suncheon

— 3 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.
Explore Suncheon's surroundings by going to Hwagae Market (in Hadong-gun), House N Garden (in Namhae-gun) and Gurye-gun (Hwaeomsa Temple & Saseongam Temple 四聖庵). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songgwangsa Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, and make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Suncheon day trip planning website.

Drive from Daejeon to Suncheon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Daejeon in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Suncheon: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

Andong

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Andong: Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun) and Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian Academy). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum.

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Traveling by car from Suncheon to Andong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Andong, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:

Gyeongju

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon) and Gukchaebosang Memorial Park (in Daegu). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the long history of Royal Tomb of Queen Seondeok, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Andong to Gyeongju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, stroll around Busan Citizens Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Busan trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, and hike along Saryeoni Forest Path.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju online travel route planner.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 20:

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.