38 days in Busan, Jeju Island & Seoul Itinerary

38 days in Busan, Jeju Island & Seoul Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Busan
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Busan
— 10 nights
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Jeju
— 10 nights
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Seoul
— 16 nights
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Busan

— 10 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Beomeosa Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Busan: Gyeongju (Gyeongju National Museum, Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, &more) and Ulsan (Taehwagang National Garden & Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, walk around APEC Naru Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at UN Memorial Cemetery, and head outdoors with Dadaepo Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan itinerary planning tool.

Bristol, UK to Busan is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Bristol to Busan due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Busan are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 9:

Jeju

— 10 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spirited Garden and Woljeongri Beach. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Seonim Bridge, Yakchunsa Temple, &more). Spend the 18th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, take a peaceful walk through Hwansang Forest Gotjawal Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Bangju Church, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Busan in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Jeju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 19:

Seoul

— 16 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Songdo Central Park and Bukhansan National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park (in Bucheon), Paju (Dora Observatory, Panmunjom, &more) and Heungryunsa Temple (in Incheon). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jogyesa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Jeju to Seoul by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — Nov 4:

Jeju Island travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A popular vacation island for Koreans and foreigners with a mild coastal climate, Jeju-do offers hiking, caving, horseback riding, and plenty of beaches on which to relax and observe the sunset. A holiday in Jeju-do usually involves a visit to a UNESCO-protected lava tube, where you can see the world’s largest known lava column. Other lava and limestone caves set in botanical gardens, as well as a number of folk villages, combine to offer a diverse range of attractions during treks through the densely forested island, with the well-marked hiking trails also leading past giant basalt statues. Inland theme parks--ranging from a teddy bear museum to an erotic sculpture park--and golf courses provide a diverse range of entertainment options. The matriarchal island is known for its fisherwomen and female divers.