23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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23 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Andong
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Busan
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
6
Seogwipo
— 5 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  18​h
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and DMZ. Visiting Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park will get you outdoors. When in Seoul, make a side trip to see The Third Tunnel in Paju, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Changdeokgung Palace, contemplate the long history of Gwanghuimun, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul holiday planner .

San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Seoul is 17 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Paju
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

3
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get outdoors at Seoraksan National Park and Cheonjin Haesuyokjang. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naksansa Temple and The 4th Tunnel. Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Goseong-gun (Sangjongam County Park & Bongpo Beach). It doesn't end there: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock and Head underground at Geumganggul Cave.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sokcho sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seoul in October since evenings lows in Sokcho dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Goseong-gun, Naksansa Temple, The 4th Tunnel
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
The 4th Tunnel ©
The 4th Tunnel

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.
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, then steep yourself in history at Dosanseowon Confucian School, and finally wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): wander the streets of Andong Folk Village, wander the streets of Yeongju Museom Village, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, and finally contemplate the long history of Imcheonggak House.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Andong travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Andong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Andong, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Yeongju Museom Village
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School

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.
Get outdoors at Anapji Pond and Bomun Lake. Explore hidden gems such as Cheonmachong Tomb and Gyeongju National Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and make a trip to Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Cheomseongdae Observatory ©
Cheomseongdae Observatory
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Visit Beomeosa Temple and Haedong Yonggung Temple for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at UN Memorial Cemetery and Choryang Catholic Church. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, make a trip to BIFF Square, and stroll through Songdo Beach.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Busan trip planner .

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a train. October in Busan sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Busan

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

5
nights
Seogwipo

Seogwipo
Jeju Island's second city, Seogwipo acts as a base for explorations of the island's south.
Explore hidden gems such as Halla Mountain and Hamdeok Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hyeopjae Beach and Jeongbang Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Seogwipo: Jeju (Hallim Park, Sangumburi Crater, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, examine the collection at O'Sulloc Tea Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Cheonjeyeon Falls, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakchunsa Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seogwipo holiday maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Busan to Seogwipo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seogwipo

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Jeju
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach

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