23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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23 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Busan
— 4 nights
3
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Changnyeong-gun
— 1 night
5
Andong
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Seoul
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Dubai

4
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hallim Park and Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum. Relax by the water at Hamdeok Beach and Hyeopjae Beach. Go for a jaunt from Jeju to Seogwipo to see Seongsan Ilchulbong about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Sangumburi Crater, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallasan Mountain, take in the dramatic natural features at Geomunoreum, and delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jeju itinerary maker site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Jeju is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Jeju due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dubai in October, plan for colder days in Jeju, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
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Sangumburi Crater
Sangumburi Crater
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Visit Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple for their historical value. Relax by the water at Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Songjeong Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Songdo Beach, admire the local landmark of Busan Station Plaza, and hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Busan online trip maker .

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Jeju in October, Busan is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

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 in touch with nature at Anapji Pond and Gyeongju National Park. Visit Bulguksa Temple and Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond for their historical value. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Seokguram, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

1
night
Changnyeong-gun

Changnyeong-gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Upo Wetland, then take in the awesome beauty at Hwawangsan Mountain, and then make a trip to Kanryongsa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Changnyeong-gun tour itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gyeongju to Changnyeong-gun. Traveling from Gyeongju in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Changnyeong-gun. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Parks Trails Wildlife
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Upo Wetland ©
Upo Wetland
Hwawangsan Mountain ©
Hwawangsan Mountain

1
night
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
On the 23rd (Tue), take a stroll through Sinsedong Byeokhwa Maeul, then wander the streets of Andong Folk Village, then see the interesting displays at Andong Folk Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Andong online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Changnyeong-gun to Andong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Changnyeong-gun in October since evenings lows in Andong dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Andong Folk Village ©
Andong Folk Village
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Andong Folk Museum ©
Andong Folk Museum

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, hike along Biryong Falls, and then hike along Ulsanbawi Rock.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sokcho online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Andong to Sokcho in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Sokcho are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Naksansa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock

6
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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Deoksugung will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Korea and The War Memorial of Korea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ). The adventure continues: make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul road trip app .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Seoul are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Paju
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

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