33 days in South Korea Itinerary

33 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Busan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gangneung
— 2 nights
Train to Gimpo Airport, Fly to Yosu
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
Fly to Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513), Drive to Gongju
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Gongju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like UN Memorial Cemetery and Bokcheon Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Beomeosa Temple and Dongbaekseom Island. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and get outside with Gwangalli Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Busan trip itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Busan is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Istanbul to Busan, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in Busan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:

Gyeongju

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cheonmachong Tomb and Gyeongju National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bulguksa Temple and Gyeongju Historic Area. Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Ulsan (Daewangam Park, Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon, and make a trip to Daereungwon Tomb Complex.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip maker.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in August, you will find days in Gyeongju are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Andong

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Cheongnyangsa Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple, Yeongju Insam Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Andong tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Andong, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Gangneung.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

Gangneung

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Mon), examine the collection at Ojukheon, then get outside with Gyeongpo Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Gyeongpodae. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Daegwallyeong Museum, then get a taste of life in the country at Daegwanryeong Samyang Ranch, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gangneung route planner.

Drive from Andong to Gangneung in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Gangneung

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Suncheon

— 2 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saseongam Temple 四聖庵, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songgwangsa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Suncheon Bay Garden, walk around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, and then make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Suncheon trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gangneung to Suncheon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Suncheon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 7 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spirited Garden and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at PLAY KPOP and Yakchunsa Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Daeyoo Land, Alive Museum Jeju, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach, take an in-depth tour of Jeju Museum of War History & Peace, head outdoors with Hamdeok Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Hwansang Forest Gotjawal Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Jeju trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Suncheon to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 26:

Gongju

— 2 nights
Gongju, also spelt Kongju, is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea.HistoryGongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Magoksa Temple, see the interesting displays at Gongju National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Gongsanseong. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Baekje History Reproduction Complex, then see the interesting displays at Buyeo National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Busosanseong Fortress.

To plan Gongju vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jeju to Gongju. In August, daily temperatures in Gongju can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trickeye Museum Seoul and Deoksugung. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion (Dongbukgakru)). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Insadong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and contemplate the long history of Baek In-je's House.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Seoul driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gongju to Seoul. August in Seoul sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 3:

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.