12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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12 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  9​h
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Busan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Sokcho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Seoul
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
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 Jeju to go to Seogwipo and see Seongsan Ilchulbong, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, take in nature's colorful creations at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Halla Mountain.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Jeju is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September: highs in Jeju hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Yeongdo Lighthouse, get great views at Taejongdae, then stroll through Yongdusan Park, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Busan road trip planning site .

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Jeju in September, Busan is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the activities along Anapji Pond, contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju vacation planner .

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Busan in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

1
night
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sokcho day trip planning app .

You can drive from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naksansa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

4
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.
Seoul is known for museums, shopping, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul online journey maker .

Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Seoul are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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