21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

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21 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + train:  15​h 15​min
1
Seoul
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sokcho
— 3 nights
3
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
4
Busan
— 3 nights
5
Suncheon
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Banpo Hangang Park and Manhae Han Young Un Simujang. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, make a trip to Insadong, and have some family-friendly fun at INT Studio.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul attractions planner.

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Korea Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Seoul: highs are around 35°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

3
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore hidden gems such as Ulsanbawi Rock and Gwongeumseong Fortress. Venture out of the city with trips to Sangwonsa (in Pyeongchang-gun), Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple & Jujeongol) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, take in the pleasant sights at Cheonjin Beach, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sokcho online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Cheonjin Beach, Baekdamsa Temple, Sangwonsa
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): appreciate the history behind Tongiljeon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, then steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Yangdong Folk Village, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Gyeongju takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gwangandaegyo Bridge and UN Memorial Cemetery. There's still lots to do: stroll around Dongbaekseom Island, make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, get your game on at Zero Latency VR - Busan Nampo, and get great views at Taejongdae.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Busan route builder app .

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in September, you will find days in Busan are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Suncheon.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Spas Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangandaegyo Bridge ©
Gwangandaegyo Bridge
Dongbaekseom Island ©
Dongbaekseom Island

2
nights
Suncheon

Suncheon ©
Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
On the 7th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Suncheon Bay Garden, walk around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, then don't miss a visit to Suncheon Hyanggyo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saseongam Temple 四聖庵.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Suncheon trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Busan to Suncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Busan in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Suncheon, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Saseongam Temple 四聖庵
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Nagan Eupseong Folk Village ©
Nagan Eupseong Folk Village
Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve ©
Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve
Suncheon Bay Garden ©
Suncheon Bay Garden

6
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore hidden gems such as Hyeopjae Beach and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seopjikoji, & more). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jeju trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Suncheon to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Suncheon in September, Jeju is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. On the 14th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Bijarim Forest ©
Bijarim Forest
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

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