18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, identify plant and animal life at Sangumburi Crater, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park.

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

New Delhi, India to Jeju is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. When traveling from New Delhi in October, plan for colder days in Jeju, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:

Busan

— 3 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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, stroll around Yongdusan Park, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Traveling from Jeju in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Busan, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

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.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then admire the masterpieces at Silla Arts And Science Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

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Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Mountain Museum, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and then trek along Ulsanbawi Rock.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip maker app.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. October in Sokcho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

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 1st (Sun): admire the sheer force of Gugok Pokpo, head off the coast to Nami Island, and then see the interesting displays at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chuncheon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sokcho in October, plan for little chillier nights in Chuncheon, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your trip

Seoul

— 4 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: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea, and wander the streets of Insadong.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seoul day trip planning app.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a subway. In November, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.