17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gangneung
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 3 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 Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff and Hallim Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Hyeopjae Beach and Seopjikoji. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Halla Mountain & Jeongbang Waterfall). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm.

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Zagreb, Croatia to Jeju is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:

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 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, stroll through Haeundae Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, get great views at Taejongdae, then get great views at Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, and finally take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

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You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In April in Busan, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

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.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Yangdong Folk Village, steep yourself in history at Oksanseowon Confucian Academy, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju online holiday planner.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in April, you will find days in Gyeongju are little chillier (14°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

Andong

— 3 nights

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Popular historic sites such as Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Gounsa Temple are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museom Village and Yiyuksa Literary Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Sosuseowon Confucian Academy in Yeongju (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village, steep yourself in history at Dosanseowon Confucian School, examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa.

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Drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gangneung.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:

Gangneung

— 2 nights
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Ojukheon, enjoy the sand and surf at Gangmun Beach, and then stroll through Gyeongpo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Sacheonjin Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anmok Beach, and then hike along Jeongdong-Simgok Badabuchae-gil Trail.

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You can drive from Andong to Gangneung in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Deoksugung and Baek In-je's House. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, make a trip to N Seoul Tower, learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, and wander the streets of Insadong.

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Traveling by car from Gangneung to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

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.