12 days in Seoul, Busan & Jeju Island Itinerary

12 days in Seoul, Busan & Jeju Island Itinerary

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Seoul
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Busan
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Jeju
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Seoul

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Get in touch with nature at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and make a trip to Insadong.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Seoul is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Seoul. Traveling from Vancouver in April, expect nights in Seoul to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Busan

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach and then kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Busan trip app.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Jeju

— 4 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Get outdoors at Seongsan Ilchulbong and Manjanggul Cave. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gwaneumsa Temple and The Islander. Step out of Jeju to go to Seogwipo and see Halla Mountain, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get outside with Hamdeok Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Dongmun Market, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jeju trip builder app.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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Jeju Island travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A popular vacation island for Koreans and foreigners with a mild coastal climate, Jeju-do offers hiking, caving, horseback riding, and plenty of beaches on which to relax and observe the sunset. A holiday in Jeju-do usually involves a visit to a UNESCO-protected lava tube, where you can see the world’s largest known lava column. Other lava and limestone caves set in botanical gardens, as well as a number of folk villages, combine to offer a diverse range of attractions during treks through the densely forested island, with the well-marked hiking trails also leading past giant basalt statues. Inland theme parks--ranging from a teddy bear museum to an erotic sculpture park--and golf courses provide a diverse range of entertainment options. The matriarchal island is known for its fisherwomen and female divers.