23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary planner

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

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Deoksugung, then appreciate the history behind Gwanghwamun Gate, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hwaseong Fortress.

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San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Seoul are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are a bit warmer (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get in touch with nature at Ulsanbawi Rock and Sangjogam County Park. Get some cultural insight at Naksansa Temple and National Mountain Museum. Step out of Sokcho to go to Yanggu-gun and see The 4th Tunnel, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, take in the pleasant sights at Cheonjin Beach, don't miss a visit to Dongmyeong Port, and gain interesting insight with Abai Village.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sokcho visit planner.

You can drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in October, Sokcho is little chillier at night with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, steep yourself in history at Dosanseowon Confucian School, and then stop by Andong Gunja Village. On the next day, take a stroll through 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 ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Andong day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Andong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Andong, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Gyeongju

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cheonmachong Tomb and Cheomseongdae Observatory. Escape the urban bustle at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Gyeongju National Park. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and explore the activities along Bomun Lake.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju tour builder tool.

Getting from Andong to Gyeongju by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Beomeosa Temple and Choryang Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Gwangalli Beach and Songjeong Beach. The adventure continues: stroll around UN Memorial Cemetery, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, get great views at Taejongdae, and take a stroll through Busan National University Daehak-ro.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Busan are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff and Hyeopjae Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hamdeok Beach and Hallim Park. Step out of Seogwipo with an excursion to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road) in Jeju--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakchunsa Temple, examine the collection at Teddy Bear Museum Jeju, take in the dramatic natural features at Hwangwooji Coast, and have fun at Jeju World Cup Stadium.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Seogwipo tour site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough 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.