18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea travel planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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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 (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). The adventure continues: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, admire the natural beauty at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm, hunt for treasures at Dongmun Market, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Saebyeol Oreum.

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Omaha, USA to Jeju is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Omaha in September since evenings lows in Jeju dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

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: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and see the interesting displays at Busan Museum.

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You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Busan when traveling from Jeju in September, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Gyeongju

— 1 night

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 25th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

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Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Busan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, then admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sokcho trip planner.

Getting from Gyeongju to Sokcho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September in Sokcho, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, steep yourself in history at Deoksugung, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

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.