33 days in South Korea Itinerary

33 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Seoul
— 8 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Manjanggul Cave and Udo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 4th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Hamdeok Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulsari Tapsa Temple, examine the collection at Jeju National Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jeju driving holiday planner.

Rochester, USA to Jeju is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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Busan

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Attractions like Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Changwon (Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road & Yeojwacheon Stream). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, and snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan day trip planning app.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. May in Busan sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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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.
Family-friendly places like Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan), Donghwasa (in Daegu) and Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Hwanglidangil.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in May, you will find days in Gyeongju are a bit cooler (60°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can fly to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Chuncheon

— 2 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ewhawon and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa and then get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon tour planning app.

You can fly from Gyeongju to Chuncheon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in May: highs in Chuncheon hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

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Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Family-friendly places like Seoraksan National Park and Biryong Falls will thrill your kids. Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum (in Gangneung) and Naksansa Temple (in Yangyang-gun). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, stroll through Ulsanbawi Rock, and kick back and relax at Bongpo Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sokcho day trip planning app.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Seoul

— 8 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong. Step out of Seoul to go to Paju and see DMZ Haemaru Village, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Pack the 27th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Changdeokgung Palace, stroll around Namsan Park, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. May in Seoul sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seoul

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South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.