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
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Sokcho
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Andong
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Gyeongju
— 4 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

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, thenappreciate the history behind Gwanghwamun Gate, thenlook for gifts at Jang Ji Bang, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hwaseong Fortress.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planning site.

San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Seoul, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Shopping

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 outdoors at Ulsanbawi Rock and Sangjongam County Park. Naksansa Temple and Abai Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Sokcho with a short trip to The 4th Tunnel in Yanggu-gun, about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. The adventure continues: Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach, examine the collection at National Mountain Museum, and don't miss a visit to Dongmyeong Port.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sokcho trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in October, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Sokcho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) 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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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, thencontemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School, and finally visit Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): take a stroll through 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 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 Gyeongju Historic Area. Escape the urban bustle at Anapji Pond and Gyeongju National Park. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, steep yourself in history at Royal Tomb of Queen Seondeok, and get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip planning website.

Getting from Andong to Gyeongju by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

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

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
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 Songdo Beach. The adventure continues: stroll around UN Memorial Cemetery, take a stroll through Busan National University Daehak-ro, get great views at Taejongdae, and take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

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 travel to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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 Hamdeok Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yakchunsa Temple and Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road). Step out of Seogwipo with an excursion to Hallim Park in Jeju--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, explore the striking landscape of Halla Mountain, admire the sheer force of Jeongbang Waterfall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yongmeori Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seogwipo trip itinerary planning website.

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