30 days in South Korea Itinerary

30 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Andong
— 3 nights
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Gangneung
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll get in some beach time at Hamdeok Beach and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gwaneumsa Temple and Bulsari Tapsa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, get outside with Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, examine the collection at Jeju National Museum, and head off the coast to Udo.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jeju holiday tool.

Tampa, USA to Jeju is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Tampa to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

4
nights
Busan

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Haedong Yonggung Temple and UN Memorial Cemetery. Visit Yeojwacheon Stream and Namcheon Cathedral of the Holy Cross for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Changwon (Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road & Hoewonhyeon Fortress Site). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, get great views at Taejongdae, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip maker tool.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. April in Busan sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

4
nights
Gyeongju

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.
Get some historical perspective at Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram. Get some cultural insight at Gyeongju National Museum and Donghwasa. Change things up with a short trip to Eunhaesa Temple in Yeongcheon (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Hyanggyo, appreciate the history behind Tongiljeon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Girimsa Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju day trip tool.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Busan, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

3
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Andong

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Sosuseowon Confucian Academy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Buseoksa Temple and Gunwi Buddha Triad Grotto (2nd Seokguram). Take a break from Andong with a short trip to Cheongnyangsa Temple in Bonghwa-gun, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa and don't miss a visit to Rock-carved Standing Buddha.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Andong road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. April in Andong sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Gangneung.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites

Side Trips

3
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Gangneung

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Jeongdongjin Beach and Chuam Beach. Popular historic sites such as Naksansa Temple and Woljeongsa Temple are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Gangneung to Donghae to see Mureung Valley about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Gyeongpodae and get outside with Gangmun Beach.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gangneung day trip planning tool.

Drive from Andong to Gangneung in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

6
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Seoul

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.
Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and DMZ Haemaru Village. Do some cultural sightseeing at Changdeokgung Palace and Insadong. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Suwon (Suwon Jeil Church, Hwaseong Fortress, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, steep yourself in history at Manhae Han Young Un Simujang, make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street, and learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gangneung to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.