17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Incheon
— 1 night
Drive
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Jeonju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Busan
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Gangneung
— 1 night
Drive
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Incheon

— 1 night
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Chinatown, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eulwangni Beach, then snap pictures at Incheon Bridge, and finally walk around Songdo Central Park.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Incheon driving holiday website.

Singapore, Singapore to Incheon is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in October, expect Incheon to be colder, temps between 68°F and 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for Jeonju.

Things to do in Incheon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Jeonju

— 2 nights
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Pungnammun Gate, then catch a live event at Jeonju World Cup Stadium, then examine the collection at Hanji Museum, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Jeonju National Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Royal Portrait Museum, contemplate the long history of Gyeonggijeon Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondong Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Omokdae and Imokdae, then contemplate the long history of Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maisan.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jeonju trip app.

Getting from Incheon to Jeonju by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. October in Jeonju sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Busan.

Things to do in Jeonju

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Busan

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Geumjung Mt. fortress, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and then see the interesting displays at Busan Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the local landmark of Busan Station Plaza, take a stroll through Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, make a trip to Yongdusan Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and finally shop like a local with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Busan travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Jeonju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Busan sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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 22nd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Tongiljeon, contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake, then contemplate the long history of Yangdong Folk Village, and finally hunt for treasures at Jukdo Market. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gangneung.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Gangneung

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Gyeongpodae, get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, and then examine the collection at Ojukheon.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gangneung attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Gangneung takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Gangneung are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Fri) before leaving for Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Seoul

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hwaseong Fortress and Namsangol Hanok Village. Step out of the city life by going to Bukhansan National Park and Ilsan Lake Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Nami Island (in Chuncheon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, and explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seoul tour builder site.

Getting from Gangneung to Seoul by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Korea travel guide

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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.