13 days in South Korea Itinerary

13 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
2
Busan
— 2 nights
3
Gangneung
— 1 night
4
Seoul
— 4 nights

4
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Visit Hamdeok Beach and Gwangchigi Beach for some beach relaxation. Head to Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Dongmun Marketfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Halla Mountain & Seongsan Ilchulbong). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, visit Black Pork Street, go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail, and head off the coast to Udo.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Jeju travel planner.

Washington DC, USA to Jeju is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Washington DC to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 14th (Fri), shop like a local with Shinsegae Gallery, head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, then head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Taejongdae, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll around Yongdusan Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and finally make a trip to Busan Station Plaza.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Busan vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

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. July in Busan sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gangneung.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Shopping · Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market

1
night
Gangneung

Gangneung ©
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.
On the 16th (Sun), hunt for treasures at Gangneung Jungang Market, then head outdoors with Sacheonjin Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gyeongpo Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Anmok Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gangneung tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Busan to Gangneung in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach
Anmok Beach ©
Anmok Beach
Sacheonjin Beach ©
Sacheonjin Beach

4
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Insadong, contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seoul online travel planner.

You can drive from Gangneung to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Insadong ©
Insadong

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