15 days in South Korea Itinerary

15 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner

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Busan
— 2 nights
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Seogwipo, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 3 nights
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Busan

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, get outside with Haeundae Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan itinerary builder.

Detroit, USA to Busan is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Detroit in September, Busan is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Busan

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
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Seogwipo, Jeju Island

— 4 nights
Jeju Island's second city, Seogwipo acts as a base for explorations of the island's south.
Escape the urban bustle at Hallim Park and Hyeopjae Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hamdeok Beach and Jeongbang Waterfall. Step out of Seogwipo with an excursion to Sangumburi Crater in Jeju--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Alive Museum Jeju, take in the dramatic natural features at Hwangwooji Coast, admire the sheer force of Cheonjiyeon Falls, and explore the striking landscape of Halla Mountain.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seogwipo tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seogwipo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Busan in October, Seogwipo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to fly to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seogwipo

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Seokguram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, then steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju visit planner.

Getting from Seogwipo to Gyeongju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Seogwipo in October, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Gyeongju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 8th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, and then get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock.

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Getting from Gyeongju to Sokcho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sokcho can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Seoul

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Museum of Korea. Visiting Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Seoul tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.