12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Busan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive
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Sokcho
— 1 night
Drive
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 2 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Visiting Manjanggul Cave and Hamdeok Beach will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Gwakji Gwamul Beach and Sehwa Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Halla Mountain in Seogwipo (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Dongmun Market.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju trip builder app.

Singapore, Singapore to Jeju is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Jeju. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Busan

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 21st (Sun), kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Songjeong Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, stop by Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, and then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Busan road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In April in Busan, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Gyeongju

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary website.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in April, you will find days in Gyeongju are little chillier (14°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Sokcho

— 1 night
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 24th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Sokcho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Myeongdong Shopping Street and Changdeokgung Palace. There's lots more to do: stop by Insadong, have some family-friendly fun at Bunny Cafe, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, and enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Seoul online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Seoul, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
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.