31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Gwangju
— 2 nights
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Daejeon
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as Gwaneumsa Temple and Hangpaduri Hangmong Historic Site are in your itinerary. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hamdeok Beach and Woljeongri Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, examine the collection at Jeju National Museum, walk around Sarabong Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip itinerary maker website.

Singapore, Singapore to Jeju is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Jeju is 1 hour. When traveling from Singapore in October, plan for much colder days in Jeju, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 2 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): examine the collection at Gwangju National Museum, steep yourself in history at May 18th National Cemetery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unjusa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Mudeungsan National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gwangju online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Gwangju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Jeju in October since evenings lows in Gwangju dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, examine the collection at Currency Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art, and finally take in the views from Expo Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gapsa temple, and then look and learn at Daejeon Observatory.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Daejeon travel route planning site.

You can drive from Gwangju to Daejeon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gwangju in October, you will find days in Daejeon are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can 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 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock-carved Standing Buddha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and then see the interesting displays at Andong Folk Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then steep yourself in history at Byeongsan Seowon.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Andong tour planner.

Getting from Daejeon to Andong by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.
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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.
Visit Bulguksa Temple and Eunhaesa Temple for their historical value. Get outdoors at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Ganwoljae Plateau. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Daegu (Donghwasa & Sanghwa Yi's Old House). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. October in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.
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Busan — 5 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Haedong Yonggungsa and Bokcheon Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jagalchi Market and Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City. When in Busan, make a side trip to see Sinbulsan Falls Recreational Forest in Ulsan, approximately Ulsan away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, and make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Busan, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get some cultural insight at Naksansa Temple and Sinheungsa Temple. Relax by the water at Naksan Beach and Cheonjin Beach. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, and take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sokcho online visit planner.

Fly from Busan to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Busan in October, expect nights in Sokcho to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Seoul.
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea. Get some cultural insight at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Venture out of the city with trips to Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace & Hwaseong Fortress). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Insadong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and stop by Creative Life Store KEY.

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You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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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