32 days in South Korea Itinerary

32 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea visit planner

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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Gangneung
— 5 nights
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Andong
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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— 8 nights
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Marketfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, make a trip to Deoksugung, and take a stroll through Insadong.

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Istanbul, Turkey to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Korean Standard Time is 6 hours. August in Seoul sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gangneung.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 16:

Gangneung

— 5 nights
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.
Visit Gyeongpo Beach and Jeongdongjin Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Gangmun Beach and Yeongjin Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gangneung: Sokcho Central Market (in Sokcho), Cheonjin Beach (in Goseong-gun) and Pyeongchang-gun (Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch & Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, hike along Jeongdong-Simgok Badabuchae-gil Trail, examine the collection at Byeolmaro Observatory, and get engrossed in the history at Heogyun and Heonanseolheon Memorial Hall.

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Drive from Seoul to Gangneung in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

Andong

— 2 nights

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yiyuksa Literary Museum and Confucian Culture Museum. Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Gounsa Temple will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Andong Soju Museum, contemplate the long history of Andong imcheonggak, and stop by Andong Gunja Village.

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You can drive from Gangneung to Andong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

Gyeongju

— 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram. Visiting Yeongildae Beach and Gyeongju Bird Park will get you outdoors. When in Gyeongju, make a side trip to see Jukdo Market in Pohang, approximately Pohang away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the world behind art at Art Sonje Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golgulsa Temple.

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Traveling by car from Andong to Gyeongju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Andong in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Gyeongju, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

Busan

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Shop till you drop at Jagalchi Market and Tower Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beomeosa Temple and Haedong Yonggung Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gimhae (Gimhae National Museum, Clay Art Gimhae Museum, &more) and Yangsan (Yangsan Tower & Tongdosa Temple). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jangsan Mountain, and get outside with Songjeong Beach.

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You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 2:

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 8 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Spirited Garden and LeeJoongSeop Art Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Hamdeok Beach and Woljeongri Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Alive Museum Jeju, Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, &more). Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sehwa Beach, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and delve into the lush surroundings at Hwansang Forest Gotjawal Garden.

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You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Jeju when traveling from Busan in September, with lows around 26°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 10:

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.