18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly
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Busan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gangneung
— 1 night
Drive
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Step out of the city life by going to Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff and Hamdeok Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jeongbang Waterfall and Spirited Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Yongmeori Beach, Seogwipo Maeil Olleh Market, &more). Spend the 24th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: get outside with Hyeopjae Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jeju trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Jeju is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:

3
nights
Busan

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Beomeosa Temple and Busan Gamcheon Culture Village. Visit UN Memorial Cemetery and Haedong Yonggung Temple for their historical value. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Songdo Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, get outside with Haeundae Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan road trip planner.

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. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

2
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Gyeongju

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon, steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju journey builder site.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in June, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Gangneung.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

1
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Gangneung

A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Daegwallyeong Museum, kick back and relax at Jeongdongjin Beach, and then examine the collection at Ojukheon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gangneung trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Gangneung in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

5
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Seoul

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gwanghwamun Gate and Deoksugung. Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street, stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To find out how to plan a trip to Seoul, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gangneung to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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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.