18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea tour planner

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

— 4 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, head outdoors with Hamdeok Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Jeju sightseeing website.

Jerusalem, Israel to Jeju is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to Jeju is 7 hours. When traveling from Jerusalem in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Jeju: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:

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: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, get outside with Gwangalli Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Busan itinerary planner.

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. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Jeju in September since evenings lows in Busan dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

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.
On the 15th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Gyeongju World, then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Baekdamsa Temple, get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sokcho travel route planning app.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sokcho are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Seoul

— 6 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 landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seoul trip maker.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Seoul are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.