23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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

2
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.
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 14.5-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

Paju, Hwaseong Fortress
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Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village
Bongeunsa Temple ©
Bongeunsa Temple

4
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get in touch with nature at Ulsanbawi Rock and Sangjongam 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, kick back and relax at Bongpo 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 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

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, then contemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School, and finally visit Andong Gunja Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): 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

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

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cheonmachong Tomb and Cheomseongdae Observatory. Escape the urban bustle at Anapji Pond and Bomun Lake. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

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

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

4
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Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Beomeosa Temple and UN Memorial Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Gwangalli Beach and Songjeong Beach. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, stroll around Yongdusan Park, take in the pleasant sights at Igidae Park, and snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Busan trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hyeopjae Beach and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hamdeok Beach and Yakchunsa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seogwipo: Jeju (Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road) & Hallim Park). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jeongbang Waterfall, have fun at Jeju World Cup Stadium, explore the striking landscape of Halla Mountain, and explore the striking landscape at Hwangwooji Coast.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seogwipo day trip planning site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can 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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