30 days in South Korea Itinerary

30 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea journey planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 10 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Changnyeong-gun
— 1 night
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Cheongsong-gun
— 1 night
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 10 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hamdeok Beach and Gwaneumsa Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jeju National Museum and Spirited Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 3rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and walk around Sarabong Park.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju route builder site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Jeju, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Haedong Yonggungsa and Bokcheon Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Haeundae Beach and Oedo Botania. Change things up with a short trip to Gonggoji in Geoje (about 1h 40 min away). The adventure continues: stroll through Gwangalli Beach, explore the galleries of Gallery Mare, explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, and walk around Yongdusan Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Busan attractions planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. August in Busan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Changnyeong-gun

— 1 night
Although many Changnyeong-gun tours revolve around its distinctive cultural legacy that dates back to the early Three Kingdoms period, there are still plenty of things to do for those pursuing great outdoors.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): trek along Hwawangsan Mountain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Upo Wetland.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Changnyeong-gun route maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Busan to Changnyeong-gun with the Route module. In August in Changnyeong-gun, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cheongsong-gun.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Cheongsong-gun

— 1 night
On the 18th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Juwangsan National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cheongsong-gun trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Changnyeong-gun to Cheongsong-gun. Traveling from Changnyeong-gun in August, expect nights in Cheongsong-gun to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Cheongsong-gun

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Gyeongju

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Gyeongju Bird Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Daegu (Hyundai Department Store Daegu, Seomun Market, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, pause for some photo ops at Tongiljeon, and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip maker site.

Explore your travel options from Cheongsong-gun to Gyeongju with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, then get outside with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Sokcho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, explore the world behind art at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and don't miss a visit to Jongmyo Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Seoul online journey planner.

Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.