19 days in South Korea Itinerary

19 days in South Korea Itinerary

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19 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  18 h
1
Busan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Jeju
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Gunsan
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
4
Jeonju
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Boseong-gun
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Namhae-gun
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
8
Andong
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Seoul
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Yeojwacheon Stream and UN Memorial Cemetery. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, kick back and relax at Songdo Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, and stroll around Dongbaekseom Island.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Busan itinerary maker app .

Barcelona, Spain to Busan is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 8 hours. May in Busan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Yeojwacheon Stream
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Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream
Gwangandaegyo Bridge ©
Gwangandaegyo Bridge
Dongbaekseom Island ©
Dongbaekseom Island

3
nights
Jeju

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hyeopjae Beach. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Spirited Garden, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, and Head underground at Hallim Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gunsan.

Things to do in Jeju

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach

1
night
Gunsan

Gunsan ©
Gunsan is a city in North Jeolla Province, South Korea. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Eunpa Lake Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Geum Gang Migratory Bird Observatory, make a trip to Dongguksa Temple, then get outside with National Institute of Ecology, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Gyeongamdong Railroad Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gunsan trip planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Gunsan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. May in Gunsan sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jeonju.

Things to do in Gunsan

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

National Institute of Ecology
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Eunpa Lake Park ©
Eunpa Lake Park
Gyeongamdong Railroad Town ©
Gyeongamdong Railroad Town
Dongguksa Temple ©
Dongguksa Temple

1
night
Jeonju

Jeonju ©
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
On the 21st (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Moak Mountain, stroll around Wansan Park, take an in-depth tour of Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, then steep yourself in history at Gyeonggijeon Shrine, then examine the collection at Jeonju Fan Culture Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondong Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeonju road trip site .

You can drive from Gunsan to Jeonju in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Jeonju are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Boseong-gun.

Things to do in Jeonju

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Wansan Park ©
Wansan Park
Gyeonggijeon Shrine ©
Gyeonggijeon Shrine
Jeondong Catholic Church ©
Jeondong Catholic Church

1
night
Boseong-gun

Boseong-gun ©
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the world behind art at Daewonsa Tibetan Museum, then see the interesting displays at Taebaek Mountain Range Literary Museum, and then take a peaceful walk through Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Boseong-gun trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jeonju to Boseong-gun. Traveling from Jeonju in May, you will find days in Boseong-gun are colder (11°C), and nights are little chillier (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Namhae-gun.

Things to do in Boseong-gun

Museums Parks Nature
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Taebaek Mountain Range Literary Museum ©
Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon ©

1
night
Namhae-gun

Namhae-gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stroll through Yangmori School, visit German Village, then take a peaceful walk through Namhae Pyeonbaek Recreational Forest, and finally stroll around Namhae Butterfly Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Namhae-gun road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boseong-gun to Namhae-gun. Traveling from Boseong-gun in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Namhae-gun: highs are around 15°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Namhae-gun

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Namhae Butterfly Park ©
Namhae Butterfly Park
German Village ©
German Village

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 24th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seoknamsa Temple, stroll around Ulsan Grand Park, then stroll around Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove, and finally explore the activities along Taehwagang National Garden.

Before you visit Gyeongju, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Namhae-gun to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ulsan
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Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Ulsan Grand Park ©
Ulsan Grand Park
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

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nights
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): wander the streets of Yeongju Museom Village, then take a peaceful walk through Ahndong Hoban Nature Forest, then wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), and finally stop by Andong Folk Village. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, explore the striking landscape at Buyongdae, then wander the streets of Sinsedong Mural Village, then walk around Woongbu Park, and finally ponder the world of politics at Gyeongsangbukdo City Hall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Andong trip planner.

You can take a bus from Gyeongju to Andong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yeongju Museom Village
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Buyongdae ©
Buyongdae
Andong Folk Village ©
Andong Folk Village

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Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 28th (Thu), hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, then kick back and relax at Naksan Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple, and finally go for a walk through Oeongchi Hang. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Mountain Museum, explore the activities along Yeongnangho Lake, then stroll around Sokch Seorak Sunrise Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sokcho Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sokcho online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Andong to Sokcho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Yangyang-gun
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Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Naksan Beach ©
Naksan Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Jogyesa Temple, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, then walk around Yeouido Park, and finally stroll around Yeouido Hangang Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace and then take in the architecture and design of Ewha Womans University.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Yeouido Hangang Park ©
Yeouido Hangang Park
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul

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