23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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1
Seoul
— 4 nights
2
Sokcho
— 3 nights
3
Andong
— 2 nights
4
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
5
Busan
— 4 nights
6
Seogwipo, Jeju Island
— 5 nights

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 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

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 Sangjongam County Park. There's much more to do: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, head outdoors with Cheonjin Beach, and kick back and relax at Bongpo Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sokcho tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Sokcho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Goseong-gun, The 4th Tunnel, Naksansa Temple, Sangjongam County Park
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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, 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

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 Bulguksa Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gyeongju Historic Area and Cheomseongdae Observatory. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and steep yourself in history at Oksanseowon Confucian Academy.

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
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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 UN Memorial Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to Gwangalli Beach and Haeundae Beach. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, enjoy the sand and surf at Songdo Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at Choryang Catholic Church.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Busan trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Busan sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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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 Yakchunsa Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Hyeopjae Beach and Jeongbang Waterfall. Explore Seogwipo's surroundings by going to Jeju (Hallim Park, Hamdeok Beach, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, take in the dramatic scenery at Cheonjiyeon Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Halla Mountain, and see the interesting displays at Teddy Bear Museum Jeju.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seogwipo travel planning website.

Fly from Busan to Seogwipo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seogwipo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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