31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly
2
Gwangju
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Busan
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Andong
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive
8
Seoul
— 6 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). The adventure continues: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, walk around Sarabong Park, head outdoors with Sehwa Beach, and kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jeju trip maker app.

Istanbul, Turkey to Jeju is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Istanbul to Jeju, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Gwangju

— 4 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Explore Gwangju's surroundings by going to Suncheon (Seonamsa Temple & Songgwangsa Temple), Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun) and Gochangeupseong Fortress (in Gochang-gun). Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Gwangju online route planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Gwangju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Gwangju can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
When in Busan, make a side trip to see Oedo Botania in Geoje, approximately Geoje away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, get outside with Gwangalli Beach, make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Busan trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Gwangju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Gwangju in August, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Ulsan (Ulsan Petroglyph Museum & Ulsan Daegok Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Silla Arts And Science Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip planning site.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Busan in August: highs in Gyeongju hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Andong

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, then contemplate the long history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then contemplate the long history of Okyeonjeongsa House. On the next day, examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum, then contemplate the long history of Andong imcheonggak, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa.

To plan Andong vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Gyeongju to Andong by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Andong, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Museums

Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple, Naksan Beach, &more). Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sokcho day trip planner.

Getting from Andong to Sokcho by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Chuncheon

— 1 night
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 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Chuncheon day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Seoul

— 6 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.
Pack the 31st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: make a trip to N Seoul Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, wander the streets of Insadong, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul travel route planner.

Drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In August, daytime highs in Seoul are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks

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.