18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

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18 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  18​h
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Busan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Changnyeong-gun
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Seoul
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Perth

4
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get in touch with nature at Sangumburi Crater and Hamdeok Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gwangchigi Beach). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain, browse the eclectic array of goods at Dongmun Market, get in on the family fun at Hallim Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jeju day trip planner .

Perth, Australia to Jeju is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Jeju, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Perth, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Jeju, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Sangumburi Crater
Sangumburi Crater
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

3
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Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Do your shopping at Jagalchi Market and Haeundae Market. Visit Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple for their historical value. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Gukje Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Songdo Beach, and shop like a local with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Jeju in October, Busan is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

1
night
Changnyeong-gun

Changnyeong-gun ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kanryongsa, then hike along Hwawangsan Mountain, and then identify plant and animal life at Upo Wetland.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Changnyeong-gun trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Busan to Changnyeong-gun. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Upo Wetland ©
Upo Wetland
Hwawangsan Mountain ©
Hwawangsan Mountain

2
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
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 22nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, don't miss a visit to Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond, steep yourself in history at Tongiljeon, then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Gyeongju National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gyeongju online tour itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Changnyeong-gun to Gyeongju with the Route module. Traveling from Changnyeong-gun in October, Gyeongju is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Jungang Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple, then admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ulsanbawi Rock.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sokcho road trip website .

Getting from Gyeongju to Sokcho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Naksansa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Biryong Falls ©
Biryong Falls

3
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
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.
Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream for their historical value. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take a stroll through Insadong, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planning website .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

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