34 days in South Korea Itinerary

34 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary builder

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 9 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Daegu
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 9 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Haenyeo Museum and World Seashell Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Samseonghyeol and Gwaneumsa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Spend the 7th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, get outside with Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, get engrossed in the history at Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum, and trek along Hallasan.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jeju road trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Jeju is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Jeju is 14 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 14:

Busan

— 5 nights
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 UN Memorial Cemetery and Haedong Yonggung Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Yeojwacheon Stream and Dadaepo Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road (in Changwon) and Gimhae (Surowangbi-reung, Gimhae National Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, examine the collection at Trick Eye Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Shinsegae Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Busan travel route builder site.

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. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gyeongju National Museum and Art Sonje Museum. Get some historical perspective at Bulguksa Temple and Girimsa Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju road trip site.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in April, expect nights in Gyeongju to be a bit warmer, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Daegu.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

Daegu

— 2 nights
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
On the 23rd (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Cheongna Hill, then browse the different shops at Hyundai Department Store Daegu, then explore the wide array of goods at Shinsegae Department Store Daegu, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Daegu Otgol Village. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Daegu Art Factory, browse the eclectic array of goods at Seomun Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The First Presbyterian Church of Daegu, then examine the collection at Sanghwa Yi's Old House, and finally take a stroll through Bongsan Culture Street.

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Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Daegu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in April, expect nights in Daegu to be little chillier, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Daegu

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Andong

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Confucian Culture Museum, then take a stroll through Andong Gunja Village, and then steep yourself in history at Andong imcheonggak. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Buyongdae, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Andong journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Daegu to Andong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Daegu, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Andong, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ulsanbawi Rock and National Mountain Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bongpo Beach and Cheonjin Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sokcho: Osaek Carbonated Hot Springs (in Yangyang-gun) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Geumganggul Cave, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market, take in panoramic vistas at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, and take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

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You can drive from Andong to Sokcho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

Chuncheon

— 1 night
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum, then take a stroll through Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street, and then stop by Chuncheon Myeongdong Street.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chuncheon travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:
Highlights from your trip

Seoul

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gyeongbokgung Palace and Seodaemun Prison History Hall. Get some cultural insight at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Changdeokgung Palace. Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Suwon to see Hwaseong Fortress about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Insadong, make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongeunsa Temple.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul travel planning site.

Drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. May in Seoul sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 7:

South Korea travel guide

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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.