12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Busan
— 1 night
Drive
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Sokcho
— 1 night
Drive
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 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 in touch with nature at Manjanggul Cave and Gwakji Gwamul Beach. Step out of Jeju to go to Seogwipo and see Seongsan Ilchulbong, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, walk around Sarabong Park, and hike along Jeju Olle Trail Routes.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jeju trip app.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Jeju is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Jeju due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Jakarta in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Jeju: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Busan

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Busan road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Traveling from Jeju in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Busan. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Sokcho.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:

Sokcho

— 1 night
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sokcho travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Sokcho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Busan in October: highs in Sokcho hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Insadong, take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, and stroll around Namsan Park.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Seoul are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:

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.