20 days in South Korea Itinerary

20 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea journey planner

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Busan
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 7 nights
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Donghae
— 1 night
Drive
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Ulleung-gun
— 3 nights
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Donghae
— 1 night
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Daegu
— 2 nights
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Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Let the collections at Gimhae National Museum and Busan Museum capture your imagination. Visit Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Ulsan (Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden & Ulsan Petroglyph Museum), Geoje (Oedo Botania & Geoje Shipbuilding and Maritime Cultural Centre) and Yeojwacheon Stream (in Changwon). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, admire the local landmark of Busan Station Plaza, have some family-friendly fun at Hanbotche Experience Exhibit Hall, and admire the masterpieces at Busan Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip builder website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Gimhae International Airport and Daegu Airport. In May, daytime highs in Busan are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Busan

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 7 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Naksansa Temple and Sinheungsa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Ulsanbawi Rock and The 4th Tunnel. Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Inje-gun (Baekdamsa Temple & Wondaeri Birch Forest) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Carbonated Hot Springs, Hyuhyuam, &more). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, examine the collection at National Mountain Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and cool off at Seorak Waterpia.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sokcho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Sokcho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Donghae

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach, appreciate the views at Mureung Valley, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samhwasa Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Donghae sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Sokcho to Donghae with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ulleung-gun.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Ulleung-gun

— 3 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Ulleungdo and Bongnae Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dokdo Museum and Haengnam Coastal Walking Path.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ulleung-gun road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Donghae to Ulleung-gun. You will leave for Donghae on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Ulleung-gun

Nature · Parks · Museums

Donghae

— 1 night
On the 19th (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Mukho Lighthouse Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Donghae online vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ulleung-gun to Donghae. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Daegu.

Things to do in Donghae

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Daegu

— 2 nights
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Sanghwa Yi's Old House. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Seomun Market, then delve into the lush surroundings at Daegu Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eunhaesa Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Donghwasa.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Daegu trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Daegu with the Route module. May in Daegu sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Daegu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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.