23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
Drive
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Busan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Seogwipo, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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4
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bukhansan National Park and DMZ Haemaru Village. Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to The Third Tunnel in Paju, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Insadong, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, 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 14.5-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

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3
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Sokcho

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naksansa Temple and Sangjogam County Park. Take a break from the city and head to Seoraksan National Park and Bongpo Beach. Step out of Sokcho to go to Yanggu-gun and see The 4th Tunnel, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock, kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach, and Head underground at Geumganggul Cave.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sokcho online vacation planner.

Getting from Seoul to Sokcho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sokcho, with lows of 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 · Historic Sites

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Naksansa Temple ©
Religious Site
Naksansa Temple
4.6
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Must see
Ulsanbawi Rock
4.7

2
nights
Andong

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): steep yourself in history at Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, then contemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School, and finally wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Andong Folk Village, then wander the streets of Museom Village, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, and finally contemplate the long history of Andong imcheonggak.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Andong holiday maker tool.

Getting from Sokcho to Andong by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
World heritage site
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
4.0
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy ©
World heritage site
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy
4.4

3
nights
Gyeongju

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 Cheomseongdae Observatory. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gyeongju Historic Area and Oksanseowon Confucian Academy. There's much more to do: 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 Royal Tomb of Queen Seondeok.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Andong to Gyeongju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Must see
Cheonmachong Tomb
4.2
Bulguksa Temple ©
World heritage site
Bulguksa Temple
4.5

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Busan

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 Choryang Catholic Church. 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 travel to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Beomeosa Temple ©
Religious Site
Beomeosa Temple
4.4

5
nights
Seogwipo, Jeju Island

Jeju Island's second city, Seogwipo acts as a base for explorations of the island's south.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sangumburi Crater and Hyeopjae Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Hamdeok Beach and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Explore Seogwipo's surroundings by going to Jeju (Hallim Park & Saebyeol Oreum). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakchunsa Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Cheonjiyeon Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Hwangwooji Coast, 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 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seogwipo

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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Hyeopjae Beach ©
Must see
Hyeopjae Beach
4.3

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