30 days in South Korea Itinerary

30 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

6
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, explore the world behind art at Jeju Folk Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju online visit planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Jeju is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Jeju are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Traveling from Jeju in September, Busan is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Ulsan (Ulsan Petroglyph Museum & Ulsan Daegok Museum). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, make a splash at California Beach, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Busan in September: highs in Gyeongju hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Ulsan
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

4
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.
Explore Andong's surroundings by going to Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Gosu Cave (in Danyang-gun) and Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Andong Hahoe Folk Village, see the interesting displays at Andong Folk Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, and make a trip to Rock-carved Standing Buddha.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Andong planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Andong are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Juwangsan National Park, Gosu Cave, Buseoksa Temple, Cheongnyangsa Temple
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Gosu Cave ©
Gosu Cave

3
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Naksansa Temple (in Yangyang-gun) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, cool off at Seorak Waterpia, and take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sokcho trip planner.

Getting from Andong to Sokcho by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naksansa Temple, Baekdamsa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Baekdamsa Temple ©
Baekdamsa Temple

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.
Step out of Seoul to go to Paju and see DMZ Haemaru Village, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Pack the 25th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul day trip planning tool.

Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

DMZ Haemaru Village
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N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace

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