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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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Andong
— 2 nights
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Gangneung
— 4 nights
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Seoul
— 7 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yakchunsa Temple and Bangju Church. Museum-lovers will get to explore Alive Museum Jeju and O’sulloc Tea Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Cheonjeyeon Falls, &more). Spend the 2nd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach, see the interesting displays at Drama World, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and get engrossed in the history at Jeju Hangil Memorial Hall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Jeju road trip planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Jeju is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Jeju. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, you will find days in Jeju are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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.
Get some historical perspective at UN Memorial Cemetery and Haedong Yonggungsa. Explore hidden gems such as Gwangalli Beach and Gwangandaegyo Bridge. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, get outside with Songjeong Beach, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and examine the collection at Busan Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Busan trip itinerary tool.

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Busan when traveling from Jeju in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gyeongju Historic Area and Donghwasa. Get a sense of the local culture at Cheonmachong Tomb and Bunhwangsa Temple. Take a break from Gyeongju with a short trip to Eunhaesa Temple in Yeongcheon, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, appreciate the history behind Daereungwon Tomb Complex, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo, and steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple.

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

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) 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.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock-carved Standing Buddha, 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 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then steep yourself in history at Byeongsan Seowon.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Andong trip builder tool.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Andong are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gangneung.
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Gangneung — 4 nights

A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Naksansa Temple and Jumunjin Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ojukheon and Gwongeumseong Fortress. Explore Gangneung's surroundings by going to Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun) and Sokcho (Ulsanbawi Rock & Seoraksan National Park). There's more to do: head outdoors with Gyeongpo Beach and kick back and relax at Jeongdongjin Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gangneung online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Andong to Gangneung takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Gangneung are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Seoul.
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Seoul — 7 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.
Let the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Trickeye Museum Seoul capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hwaseong Fortress and DMZ Haemaru Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace & Seonamgangnu Pavilion). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Insadong, don't miss a visit to Bongeunsa Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seoul travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gangneung to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly 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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