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 DMZ Haemaru Village. Gyeongbokgung Palace and The Third Tunnel will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, take a stroll through Insadong, and contemplate the long history of Gwanghuimun Gate.

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 · 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 Naksansa Temple and The 4th Tunnel. Take a break from the city and head to Seoraksan National Park and Sangjogam 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 · 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): 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

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 Bulguksa Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gyeongju Historic Area and Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · 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 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 · 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 Sangumburi Crater and Hamdeok Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Hyeopjae Beach and Jeongbang Waterfall. 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 · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 8:

South Korea travel guide

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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.