22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Seoul tour itinerary planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 17 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 85°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baekdamsa Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sokcho travel website.

Drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

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 2nd (Mon), appreciate the history behind Seokguram, then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then cool off at California Beach. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Gyeongju takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Busan

— 4 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: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 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 87°F to lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

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.
Step out of Jeju with an excursion to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, stroll around Handam Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jeju planner.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 14:

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.