17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea attractions planner

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Train to Sion, Fly to Cheju
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Busan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seoul
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Gwaneumsa Temple and Seongeup Folk Village. You'll get in some beach time at Hyeopjae Beach and Hamdeok Beach. Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Sangumburi Crater, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Saebyeol Oreum, stroll around Spirited Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Trick Art Museum Korea.

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Pune, India to Jeju is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Pune to Jeju due to the time zone difference. October in Jeju sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:

Busan

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Haeundae Cinema Street, get outside with Haeundae Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and finally stroll through Yongdusan Park.

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You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Jeju in October since evenings lows in Busan dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Gyeongju

— 1 night

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 11th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and finally contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

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Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinheungsa Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Naksan Beach, then stroll around Sokch Seorak Sunrise Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Sokcho planning tool.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Sokcho are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong. Visiting Cheonggyecheon Stream and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, stroll around Namsan Park, explore the world behind art at National Folk Museum of Korea, and admire the landmark architecture of Simsimheon.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seoul road trip app.

Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Seoul, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 19:

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.