23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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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:  3 h 45 min
6
Seogwipo, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  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.
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, get great views at N Seoul Tower, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

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

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Paju
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park

3
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naksansa Temple and The 4th Tunnel. Take a break from the city and head to Seoraksan National Park and Ulsanbawi Rock. Step out of Sokcho to go to Goseong-gun and see Sangjongam County Park, which is approximately 8h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, and head outdoors with Bongpo Beach.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sokcho trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in October, Sokcho is little chillier at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Goseong-gun, Sangjongam County Park, The 4th Tunnel, Naksansa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock

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 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, thencontemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School, and finally wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon). Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Andong Folk Village, thenwander the streets of Museom Village, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, and finally contemplate the long history of Imcheonggak House.

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

Side Trip

Museom Village
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy ©
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

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 a sense of the local culture at Cheonmachong Tomb and Gyeongju Historic Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gyeongju National Museum and Yangdong Folk Village. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, steep yourself in history at Royal Tomb of Queen Seondeok, get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

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
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Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple

4
nights
Busan

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 Gamcheon Culture Village. Step out of the city life by going to Gwangalli Beach and Songjeong Beach. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, kick back and relax at Songdo 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
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

5
nights
Seogwipo, Jeju Island

Seogwipo ©
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 Hamdeok Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Hyeopjae 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

Side Trip

Jeju
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Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Yongmeori Beach ©
Yongmeori Beach

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