15 days in South Korea Itinerary

15 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Manjanggul Cave and Hamdeok Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gwangchigi Beach). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, stroll around Sarabong Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jeju online holiday planner.

Seattle, USA to Jeju is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Jeju, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Jeju is a bit warmer than Seattle - with highs of 78°F and lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:

Busan

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then walk around Yongdusan Park, and finally take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Busan visit planning site.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 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 October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Busan, with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sokcho.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
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Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ulsanbawi Rock, then admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Sokcho journey planner.

Getting from Busan to Sokcho by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Busan in October, expect nights in Sokcho to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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 outdoors at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, admire the striking features of Deoksugung, and ponder the world of politics at Seoul City Hall.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.