29 days in South Korea Itinerary

29 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea travel planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, stroll around Sarabong Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jeju online journey planner.

Manchester, UK to Jeju is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Jeju is 9 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Busan: Changwon (Hoewonhyeon Fortress Site, Yeojwacheon Stream, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, make a trip to Nakdong Estuary Eco Center, walk around UN Memorial Cemetery, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Busan online driving holiday planner.

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 May, daytime highs in Busan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Gyeongju

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Donghwasa (in Daegu) and Gyeongsan (Bangokji & Gatbawi Rock). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon, identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, and contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Hyanggyo.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in May, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, then get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sokcho tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Gyeongju to Sokcho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, 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 21st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, and then take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chuncheon journey tool.

Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Seoul

— 8 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.
Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, and visit Myeongdong Shopping Street.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In May, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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.