22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

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22 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Suncheon
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
2
Busan
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Andong
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Sokcho
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Seoul
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  12​h
End: Minneapolis

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon, Geumdunsa Temple, Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, and other attractions. Step out of Suncheon with an excursion to Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 in Gurye-gun--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songgwangsa Temple and steep yourself in history at Okcheon Seowon.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Suncheon trip planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Suncheon is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Korea Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in May, expect nights in Suncheon to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Suncheon

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Saseongam Temple 四聖庵, Jirisan National Park, Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon, Gwanghallu Pavilion
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Jirisan National Park ©
Jirisan National Park
Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon ©
Gwanghallu Pavilion ©
Gwanghallu Pavilion

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You've added Seokbulsa Temple, Dongbaekseom Island, Igidae Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Chungmoogong.

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

Getting from Suncheon to Busan by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Suncheon in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Busan, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Changwon, Lotte Water Park
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Dongbaekseom Island ©
Dongbaekseom Island
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Woljeonggyo Bridge, Gyeongju National Park, Daereungwon, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju day trip planner.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Busan in May, you will find days in Gyeongju are slightly colder (60°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Yangdong Folk Village ©
Yangdong Folk Village
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond

2
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.
You've added Andong Folk Village, Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), steep yourself in history at Dosanseowon Confucian School, and then explore the striking landscape of Juwangsan National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the 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 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Juwangsan National Park
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Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Bongjeongsa ©
Bongjeongsa

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Baekdamsa Temple, Osaek Jujeongol Valley and Sokcho Beach. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinheungsa Temple, then hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple, kick back and relax at Sokcho Beach, then head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, then steep yourself in history at Gwongeumseong Fortress, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baekdamsa Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sokcho travel planning website .

You can drive from Andong to Sokcho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Baekdamsa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Osaek Jujeongol Valley ©
Osaek Jujeongol Valley
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

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.
You've added Dongdaemun Market, Seoul Grand Park, Gwangmyeong Cave, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, make a trip to N Seoul Tower, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Seoul day trip app .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Yongin, The Garden of Morning Calm, DMZ Haemaru Village, Seoul Grand Park, Gwangmyeong Cave
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace