18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea travel planner

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

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Seonamgangnu Pavilion). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and don't miss a visit to Myeongdong Shopping Street.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seoul route planner.

Ankara, Turkey to Seoul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ankara to Seoul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ankara in November, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head off the coast to Nami Island and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chuncheon sightseeing planner.

Getting from Seoul to Chuncheon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a subway. In November, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and finally make a splash at Seorak Waterpia.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sokcho trip builder site.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Seokguram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then engage your brain at Silla Arts And Science Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Daereungwon Tomb Complex, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Gyeongju takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

Busan

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): get outside with Gwangalli Beach, then get great views at Taejongdae, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and finally stroll through Yongdusan Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, and stroll around Sarabong Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jeju online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 17:

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.