16 days in South Korea Itinerary

16 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner

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

— 4 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with a short trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, walk around Handam Park, head off the coast to Udo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jeju itinerary planner.

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar to Jeju is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Myanmar Time (MMT) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Busan

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, stroll through Yongdusan Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and get outside with Gwangalli Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Busan planning app.

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 June, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Gyeongju

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Seokguram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then admire the masterpieces at Silla Arts And Science Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and finally contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in June: highs in Gyeongju hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Sokcho

— 1 night
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sokcho tour builder.

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 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Seoul

— 5 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: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, wander the streets of Insadong, and make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

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.