31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea travel route planner

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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 11 nights
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Seoul

— 5 nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Shinsegae Dept. Store Main. Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch) will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace, don't miss a visit to Gwanghwamun Gate, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and explore the world behind art at Seoul Arts Center.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seoul itinerary maker tool.

Seattle, USA to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Seattle to Seoul. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in July: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 85°F and lows are around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 7:

Sokcho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Baekdamsa Temple and then see the interesting displays at National Mountain Museum. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Songjiho Beach, then get outside with Cheonjin Beach, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sokcho trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Andong

— 3 nights

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Explore hidden gems such as Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy and Yiyuksa Literary Museum. You'll explore and learn at Confucian Culture Museum and Hahoe Mask Museum. Step out of Andong with an excursion to Gounsa Temple in Uiseong-gun--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, contemplate the long history of Andong imcheonggak, examine the collection at Andong Soju Museum, and stop by Andong Gunja Village.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Andong day trip planning website.

Getting from Sokcho to Andong by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Gyeongju

— 3 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Visit Cheonmachong Tomb and Tongiljeon for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yeongildae Beach and Ulsan Museum. Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Jukdo Market (in Pohang) and Ulsan (Ulsan Grand Park & Seoknamsa Temple). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip planner.

Traveling by car from Andong to Gyeongju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gwangalli Beach and Tower Gallery. Haedong Yonggung Temple and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Busan: Junam Reservoir (in Changwon) and Daeseong-dong Ancient Tomb (in Gimhae). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Songjeong Beach, take in the views from Busan Harbor Bridge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Busan holiday planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Busan sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 20:

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 11 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seongeup Folk Village and Woljeongri Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hamdeok Beach and Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (World Seashell Museum, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Sehwa Beach, stroll through Jeju Stone Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Geomunoreum, and take a stroll through Black Pork Street.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju online itinerary planner.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 31:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.