31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Samsun, Turkey
Fly:  27 h
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 11 nights
Fly + Subway:  2 h 45 min
2
Busan
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Gangneung
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Seoul
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Icheon
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  30 h
End: Samsun, Turkey

11
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
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 Spirited Garden and Hyeopjae Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alive Museum Jeju and Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (PLAY KPOP, Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, get outside with Hamdeok Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju online holiday planner.

Samsun, Turkey to Jeju is an approximately 27- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Samsun to Jeju is 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Bijarim Forest ©
Bijarim Forest

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Do your shopping at Jagalchi Market and Line Friends - Lotte Department Store, Gwangbok. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Songdo Beach and Gwangalli Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, walk around Yongdusan Park, and wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. August in Busan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Dadaepo Beach ©
Dadaepo Beach

3
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cheonmachong Tomb and Gyeongju Historic Area. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyeongju National Museum and Bulguksa Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Daegu (Heeum - Museum of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan & Seomun Market). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram, take in the history at Gyeongju Eupseong, and make a splash at California Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Busan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gangneung.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Daegu
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb

4
nights
Gangneung

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Gyeongpo Beach and Ulsanbawi Rock. Discover out-of-the-way places like 산1-107 Hoenggye-ri, Daegwalnyeong-myeon and Naksansa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gangneung: Seoraksan National Park (in Sokcho) and Donghae (Mureung Valley & Chuam Beach). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gangmun Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gangneung trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Gangneung takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sokcho, Donghae, Naksansa Temple, 산1-107 Hoenggye-ri, Daegwalnyeong-myeon
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Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park

5
nights
Seoul

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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Marketfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Insadong, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, stroll around Namsan Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Seoul online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Gangneung to Seoul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Icheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

1
night
Icheon

Icheon
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): wander the streets of Icheon Ceramics Village and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Icheon Termeden.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Icheon trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Seoul to Icheon with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Icheon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Icheon

Theme Parks Spas Neighborhoods
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