21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach & Seongsan Ilchulbong). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take a peaceful walk through Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju online trip builder.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Jeju is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Belo Horizonte to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belo Horizonte in October, expect nights in Jeju to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and wander the streets of Busan Gamcheon Culture Village.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Busan sightseeing 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. Traveling from Jeju in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Busan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then get curious at Silla Arts And Science Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Daereungwon Tomb Complex, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Tongiljeon.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 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 (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, then hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally Head underground at Geumganggul Cave.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sokcho tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Sokcho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sokcho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Seoul

— 7 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: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, stroll through Cheonggyecheon Stream, and visit Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Seoul are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 24:

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.