36 days in South Korea Itinerary

36 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Seoul
— 5 nights
2
Sokcho
— 1 night
3
Incheon
— 3 nights
4
Gongju
— 1 night
5
Jeonju
— 4 nights
6
Suncheon
— 1 night
7
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
8
Daegu
— 4 nights
9
Andong
— 1 night
10
Gyeongju
— 4 nights
11
Busan
— 5 nights

5
nights
Seoul

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 outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gyeongbokgung Palace and Seoul Museum of History. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, make a trip to Changgyeonggung Palace, appreciate the history behind Jogyesa Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Seodaemun Prison History Hall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with highs in Seoul at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

1
night
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 8th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sokcho trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in September, Sokcho is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Incheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naksansa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

3
nights
Incheon

Incheon ©
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Songdo Central Park and Hanhwa Historical Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Incheon Metropolictan City Museum and Incheon Bridge Memorial Hall. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Incheon Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Varyag Cruiser Memorial, steep yourself in history at Chamseongdan, and admire the striking features of Ganghwa Anglican Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Incheon online visit planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Incheon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sokcho in September: highs in Incheon hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Incheon

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Incheon Metropolictan City Museum ©
Incheon Metropolictan City Museum
Ganghwa Anglican Cathedral ©
Ganghwa Anglican Cathedral
Chamseongdan ©
Chamseongdan

1
night
Gongju

Gongju ©
Gongju, also spelt Kongju, is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea.HistoryGongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. On the 12th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Gongsanseong, thensee the interesting displays at Gongju National Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gapsa temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gongju road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Incheon to Gongju. Traveling from Incheon in September, you will find days in Gongju are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jeonju.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gongsanseong ©
Gongsanseong
Gongju National Museum ©
Gongju National Museum

4
nights
Jeonju

Jeonju ©
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chonbuk National University Museum and Wanpanbon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeonggijeon Shrine and Jeondong Catholic Church. Change things up with a short trip to Unjusa in Hwasun-gun (about 2h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Omokdae and Imokdae, take in the views from Cheongyeonru Pavilion, see the interesting displays at Royal Portrait Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Jeonju Gyodae Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jeonju road trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gongju to Jeonju. While traveling from Gongju, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jeonju, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeonju

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Unjusa
Highlights from your plan
Gyeonggijeon Shrine ©
Gyeonggijeon Shrine
Jeondong Catholic Church ©
Jeondong Catholic Church
Unjusa ©
Unjusa

1
night
Suncheon

Suncheon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple and then get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Suncheon trip planner.

Drive from Jeonju to Suncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Seonamsa Temple ©
Seonamsa Temple
Nagan Eupseong Folk Village ©
Nagan Eupseong Folk Village

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Take a break from the city and head to Spirited Garden and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some historical perspective at Samseonghyeol and Neobeunsungi April 3rd Incident Memorial Hall. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, explore the striking landscape at Yongduam Rock, contemplate the geological forces at Geumak Oreum Volcanic Cone, and walk around Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jeju driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Suncheon to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Suncheon in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Jeju, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Daegu.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hallasan
Hallasan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden

4
nights
Daegu

Daegu ©
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Donghwasa and Sanghwa Yi's Old House will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Daegu Literature Museum and Daegu Safety Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kim Gwangseok Street, take an in-depth tour of Kyungpook National University Museum, see the interesting displays at DTC Textile Museum, and stroll around Apsan Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Daegu day trip website.

You can fly from Jeju to Daegu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Traveling from Jeju in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Daegu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Daegu

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Daegu Safety Theme Park ©
Daegu Safety Theme Park
Donghwasa ©
Donghwasa
Daegu Art Factory ©
Daegu Art Factory

1
night
Andong

Andong ©
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 27th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa.

Plan my day in Andong using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Daegu to Andong in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Daegu, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Andong, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Bongjeongsa ©
Bongjeongsa

4
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Cheonmachong Tomb and Cheomseongdae Observatory will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Gyeongju National Museum and Art Sonje Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, steep yourself in history at Hwangnyongsa Temple Site, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, and witness the site of a historic battle at Gyeongju Eupseong.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip planner.

Getting from Andong to Gyeongju by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

5
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at UN Memorial Cemetery and Beomeosa Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Gwangalli Beach and Dadaepo Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Songdo Beach, don't miss a visit to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chungnyeolsa, and head outdoors with Haeundae Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Busan online attractions planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Busan, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

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