27 days in South Korea Itinerary

27 days in South Korea Itinerary

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27 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  14​h
1
Seoul
— 7 nights
2
Gangneung
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Donghae
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Andong
— 1 night
5
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
6
Busan
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. For shopping fun, head to Myeongdong Shopping Street or Namdaemun Market. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Insadong, contemplate the long history of Deoksugung, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, and make a trip to Bongeunsa Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip itinerary maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is minus 1 hour. In April, Seoul is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Gangneung.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

2
nights
Gangneung

Gangneung ©
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
On the 9th (Tue), kick back and relax at Gyeongpo Beach and then kick back and relax at Jeongdongjin Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Gangmun Beach, kick back and relax at Sacheonjin Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Gyeongpodae.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gangneung trip maker .

You can take a train from Seoul to Gangneung in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Jeongdongjin Beach ©
Jeongdongjin Beach
Gyeongpodae ©
Gyeongpodae
Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach

1
night
Donghae

Donghae ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to Mukho Port and then enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Donghae trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gangneung to Donghae. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Andong.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Chuam Beach ©
Chuam Beach
Mukho Port ©
Mukho Port

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 12th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, then make a trip to Rock-carved Standing Buddha, and then steep yourself in history at Imcheonggak House.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Andong trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Andong with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Rock-carved Standing Buddha ©
Rock-carved Standing Buddha

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, then explore the activities along Anapji Pond, and finally steep yourself in history at Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

6
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple. Do your shopping at Jagalchi Market and Gukje Market. There's still lots to do: stroll through Haeundae Beach, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bujeon Market, and kick back and relax at Songdo Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Busan visit planner .

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

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

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Popular historic sites such as Gwaneumsa Temple and Samseonghyeol are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach and Woljeongri Beach. When in Jeju, make a side trip to see Yongmeori Beach in Seogwipo, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, stroll through Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, get in on the family fun at Hallim Park, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Yongmeori Beach
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Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Gwaneumsa Temple ©
Gwaneumsa Temple
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach

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