23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea route planner

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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Danyang-gun
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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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: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, don't miss a visit to Myeongdong Shopping Street, and stroll around Namsan Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Seoul holiday planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Istanbul to Seoul, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Chuncheon

— 2 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll around Kalbongsan Recreational Forest, step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gugok Pokpo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa and then witness a stunning natural landmark at World Oncheon.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chuncheon holiday planner.

Drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, stroll through Cheonjin Beach, and admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sokcho online road trip planner.

Getting from Chuncheon to Sokcho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Danyang-gun.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Danyang-gun

— 2 nights
On the 4th (Tue), get great views at Mancheonha Skywalk, then cool off at Aqua World, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Gosu Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Cheondongdonggul Cave, make a trip to Guinsa Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Sosuseowon Confucian Academy.

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Traveling by car from Sokcho to Danyang-gun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Danyang-gun

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Seokguram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, then contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip planning website.

Drive from Danyang-gun to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park, and head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Busan journey maker site.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gwangchigi Beach). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, walk around Hallim Park, head outdoors with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

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.