20 days in South Korea Itinerary

20 days in South Korea Itinerary

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20 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  19​h
1
Seoul
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Busan
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Seoul
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Athens

5
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.
Get outdoors at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and The Third Tunnel for their historical value. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to DMZ in Paju, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, explore the historical opulence of Changdeokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, and take an in-depth tour of Baek In-Je House Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul travel planning site .

Athens, Greece to Seoul is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Athens to Seoul, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Athens in May since evenings lows in Seoul dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Paju
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Visit Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Busan Museum and Gimhae National Museum. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, admire the masterpieces at Busan Museum of Art, enjoy some diversion at Hanbotche Experience Exhibit Hall, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan itinerary app .

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Gimhae National Museum
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Busan Museum ©
Busan Museum
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

4
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Funtasy Trip as well as Jeju Olle Trail Routes. Get some cultural insight at Hallim Park and Gwaneumsa Temple. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Dongmun Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & O'Sulloc Tea Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Halla Mountain, witness the site of a historic battle at Seongeup Folk Village, steep yourself in history at Samseonghyeol, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunjeongsa Temple.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

4
nights
Seoul

Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Korea and The War Memorial of Korea. Hwaseong Fortress and Gwanghwamun Gate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 5th (Wed) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. Explore Seoul further: shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, examine the collection at Korean Customs Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, and explore the historical opulence of Deoksugung.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Seoul travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Spas Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hwaseong Fortress
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Thermal Spas
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
Deoksugung ©
Deoksugung

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