22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

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22 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + train:  13​h 15​min
1
Seoul
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pyeongchang-gun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Andong
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Busan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Gwangju
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Insa Art Center and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Myeong-dong Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jogyesa Temple, then don't miss a visit to Gwanghwamun Gate, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongwonsa Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul road trip site .

Vancouver, Canada to Seoul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 17 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Myeong-dong Cathedral ©
Myeong-dong Cathedral
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

3
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Visit Naksansa Temple and Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Ulsanbawi Rock and Bongpo Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Inje-gun (Oseam Temple & Baekdamsa Temple), Songjiho Beach (in Goseong-gun) and Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun). It doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Jungang Market and take in the pleasant sights at Cheonjin Beach.

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

Drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Sokcho

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Goseong-gun, Yangyang-gun, Inje-gun
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Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Naksan Beach ©
Naksan Beach

2
nights
Pyeongchang-gun

Pyeongchang-gun ©
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
On the 8th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Cheonglyeongpo, then steep yourself in history at Jangneung, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Korean Peninsula-shaped Cliffs (Seonam Village), and finally don't miss a visit to Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Jeongseon 5-day Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangwonsa.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pyeongchang-gun trip itinerary site .

Drive from Sokcho to Pyeongchang-gun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Yeongwol-gun, Jeongseon 5-day Market
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Jangneung ©
Jangneung
Woljeongsa ©
Woljeongsa
Cheonglyeongpo ©
Cheonglyeongpo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gounsa Temple, take in the dramatic natural features at Buyongdae, then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and finally steep yourself in history at Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Imcheonggak House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, then take a stroll through Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), and finally contemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Andong trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pyeongchang-gun to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. November in Andong sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Gounsa Temple
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy ©
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, contemplate the long history of Oksan Seowon, then contemplate the long history of Yangdong Folk Village, and finally hunt for treasures at Jukdo Market. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Girimsa Temple, steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, then explore the activities along Anapji Pond, and finally contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gyeongju, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Andong to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jukdo Market
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Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stroll around UN Memorial Cemetery, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Busan Al-Fatah Masjid. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Tower Gallery, stop by Kiel Lotte Gwangbok Store, then admire the masterpieces at Radium Art Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Gallery Mare.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Busan road trip app .

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in November: highs in Busan hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Museums Parks
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Gallery Mare ©
Gallery Mare
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery

2
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): look for gifts at Yangdong Market, get into the urban bustle at Asia Culture Center, and then get into the urban bustle at U.Square Cultural Center. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Geumseongsanseong Fortress, then contemplate the long history of May 18th National Cemetery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wolbongseowon.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gwangju driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Busan to Gwangju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Busan in November: highs in Gwangju hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Gwangju

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Geumseongsanseong Fortress
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Asia Culture Center ©
Asia Culture Center
May 18th National Cemetery ©
May 18th National Cemetery

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Take a break from the city and head to Hyeopjae Beach and Hallim Park. Shop till you drop at Bonte Museum and Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sinpung Sincheon Bada Mokjang, view the masterpieces at The Islander, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jeju City Traditional Five Day Market.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip site .

You can fly from Gwangju to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

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

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