34 days in South Korea Itinerary

34 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 2 nights
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Daejeon
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 7 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). Spend the 27th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Jeju Olle Trail Routes, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, and don't miss a visit to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road).

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jeju travel route site.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Jeju is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Jeju is 13 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Suncheon

— 3 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yeosu (Dolsan Bridge, Odongdo, &more) and Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set, stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, and get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village.

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Traveling by flight from Jeju to Suncheon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, daily temperatures in Suncheon can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Busan

— 5 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: get outside with Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, and don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Busan online trip planner.

Drive from Suncheon to Busan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Suncheon in May: highs in Busan hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo, then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and finally steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Seokguram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then explore the world behind art at Silla Arts And Science Museum.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju attractions planner.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Gyeongju, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

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.
On the 8th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then take in the views from Wollyeongo Bridge. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-carved Standing Buddha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and then steep yourself in history at Dosanseowon Confucian School.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Andong trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Museums

Daejeon

— 3 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cheongju (Suamgol Observatory, Sangdangsanseong Fortress, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, take in the views from Expo Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Daeheungdong Catholic Church, and see the interesting displays at Currency Museum.

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Getting from Andong to Daejeon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Andong, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Daejeon, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Daejeon

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Take a break from Sokcho with a short trip to Naksansa Temple in Yangyang-gun, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, make a splash at Seorak Waterpia, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sokcho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Daejeon to Sokcho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Seoul tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Seoul, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 67°F at night. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

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.