28 days in South Korea Itinerary

28 days in South Korea Itinerary

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28 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Seoul
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sokcho
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Yeongwol-gun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Andong
— 2 nights
5
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
6
Busan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Seoul

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trickeye Museum Seoul and Hangang Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Venture out of the city with trips to Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon), DMZ (in Paju) and Everland (in Yongin). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Changdeokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Bongeunsa Temple, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Seoul online trip builder .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seoul when traveling from Amsterdam in September, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, Nami Island, Everland, DMZ, Eurwangni Beach
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

4
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seoraksan National Park and Gyeongpo Beach. Naksansa Temple and The 4th Tunnel will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Uisangdae Pavilion (in Yangyang-gun), Gangneung (Ojukheon Municipal Museum, Yonghwasan Jayeon Hyuyanglim, & more) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). There's still lots to do: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongcho Lake, examine the collection at Teddy Bear Farm, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

Discover how to plan a Sokcho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in September, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Sokcho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yeongwol-gun.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Gangneung, Yangyang-gun, Baekdamsa Temple, The 4th Tunnel
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach

2
nights
Yeongwol-gun

Yeongwol-gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Jangneung and then contemplate the long history of Jangneung.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yeongwol-gun online day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sokcho to Yeongwol-gun. Traveling from Sokcho in September, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Yeongwol-gun. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Andong.

Things to do in Yeongwol-gun

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Danyang-gun
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Gosu Cave ©
Gosu Cave
Jangneung ©
Jangneung
Byeolmaro Observatory ©
Byeolmaro Observatory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gounsa Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, steep yourself in history at Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, then wander the streets of Yeongju Museom Village, and finally wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Imcheonggak House, take a peaceful walk through Ahndong Hoban Jayeon Hyooyanglim, contemplate the long history of Ogyeonjeongsa House, take in the views from Wollyeongo Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Seonseonghyun Gaeksa, and finally see the interesting displays at Yugyo Munhwa Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Andong travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Yeongwol-gun to Andong with the Route module. September in Andong sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yeongju Museom Village, Gounsa Temple
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy ©
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gyeongju National Museum and Anapji Pond. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bulguksa Temple and Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond. Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Pohang (Guryongpo Beach, Jukdo Market, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gyerim Forest, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pohang
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Gyeongju National Park ©
Gyeongju National Park
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.
You'll explore and learn at Busan Museum and Busan Museum of Art. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Beomeosa Temple and UN Memorial Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Yeojwacheon Stream (in Changwon), Tomb of King Suro (in Gimhae) and Geoje (Oedo Botania, Sinseondae, & more). There's much more to do: stroll through Haeundae Beach, wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Songjeong Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan travel route planner.

You can 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 about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Geoje, Tomb of King Suro, Yeojwacheon Stream
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery

6
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll explore and learn at Haenyeo Museum and Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sangumburi Crater and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Jeju Folk Village, Jungmun Saekdal Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, stroll through Woljeongri Beach, take a peaceful walk through Hallasan National Park, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Jeju trip itinerary maker .

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. Traveling from Busan in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Jeju, with lows of 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
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Hallasan Seongpanak
Hallasan Seongpanak
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Songaksan Mountain ©
Songaksan Mountain

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