23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea journey planner

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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Andong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Seogwipo, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Seoul

— 4 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bukhansan National Park and Gwanghuimun Gate. Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ Haemaru Village). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Insadong, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip maker.

San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Seoul. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sangjogam County Park and Naksansa Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Seoraksan National Park and Ulsanbawi Rock. Step out of Sokcho to go to Yanggu-gun and see The 4th Tunnel, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Geumganggul Cave, kick back and relax at Bongpo Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at Cheonjin Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in October, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Sokcho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

Andong

— 2 nights

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

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 26th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, then contemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School, and then take a stroll through Andong Gunja Village. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Andong Folk Village, take a stroll through Museom Village, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, and finally steep yourself in history at Andong imcheonggak.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Andong trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Sokcho to Andong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Gyeongju

— 3 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cheonmachong Tomb and Gyeongju Historic Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gyeongju National Museum and Cheomseongdae Observatory. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake, make a trip to Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village, and steep yourself in history at Yangdong Folk Village.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Beomeosa Temple and Busan Gamcheon Culture Village. Step out of the city life by going to Gwangalli Beach and Songdo Beach. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and get great views at Taejongdae.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Busan journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:

Seogwipo, Jeju Island

— 5 nights
Jeju Island's second city, Seogwipo acts as a base for explorations of the island's south.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff and Hamdeok Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Sangumburi Crater and Hallim Park. Explore Seogwipo's surroundings by going to Jeju (Hyeopjae Beach & Saebyeol Oreum). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakchunsa Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Cheonjiyeon Falls, see the interesting displays at O’sulloc Tea Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yongmeori Beach.

To see photos and more tourist information, go to the Seogwipo route maker website.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seogwipo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seogwipo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 8:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.