15 days in South Korea Itinerary

15 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive
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Sokcho
— 1 night
Drive
5
Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 3 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Hamdeok Beach, walk around Sarabong Park, and admire the natural beauty at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju sightseeing planner.

Windhoek, Namibia to Jeju is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Windhoek to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In November in Seoul, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Chuncheon

— 1 night
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chuncheon trip planning website.

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a subway. In November, daytime highs in Chuncheon are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Sokcho

— 1 night
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sokcho trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Silla Arts And Science Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Gyeongju in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums

Busan

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 14th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, then take in the pleasant sights at Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally make a trip to Haeundae Cinema Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, get great views at Taejongdae, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and finally walk around Yongdusan Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Busan trip planning app.

Getting from Gyeongju to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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.