18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea travel planner

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

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. For shopping fun, head to Namdaemun Market or Gallery Sabina. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Insadong, see the interesting displays at National Folk Museum of Korea, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul road trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 6 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Sokcho

— 1 night
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sokcho trip planning app.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

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 8th (Wed), engage your brain at Silla Arts And Science Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju holiday planner.

Getting from Sokcho to Gyeongju by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature
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Busan

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Visit Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach for some beach relaxation. Popular historic sites such as Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: get outside with Gwangalli Beach, make a trip to Haeundae Cinema Street, see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, and stroll around Yongdusan Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in June, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gwaneumsa Temple and Jeju World Natural Heritage Center. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hamdeok Beach and Woljeongri Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, stroll around Sarabong Park, get outside with Hyeopjae Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jeju online tour builder.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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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.