38 days in South Korea Itinerary

38 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary planner

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Busan
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 11 nights
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Gwangju
— 3 nights
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Daejeon
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cheongsong-gun
— 1 night
Drive
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Donghae
— 1 night
Drive
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 9 nights
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Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Shop till you drop at Jagalchi Market and Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City. Get outdoors at Haeundae Beach and Oedo Botania. Take a break from Busan with a short trip to Hakdong Mongdol Beach in Geoje, about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Bongnaesan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, and make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan online trip itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Busan is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Busan is 1 hour. In September, Busan is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

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. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Shop till you drop at Dongmun Market and The Islander. Visiting Manjanggul Cave and Hamdeok Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, World Seashell Museum, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, step off the mainland to explore Udo, and make a trip to Yongduam Rock.

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You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Busan in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Jeju, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 16:

Gwangju

— 3 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Head to Asia Culture Center and Asia Culture Centerfor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Mudeungsan National Park and Soswaewon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gwangju: Seonamsa Temple (in Suncheon) and Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple.

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You can fly from Jeju to Gwangju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Gwangju when traveling from Jeju in September, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Daejeon.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

Daejeon

— 3 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Visiting Songnisan National Park and Daedunsan Natural Recreation Forest will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daejeon: Gongju (Gapsa temple & Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, explore the galleries of Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art, and examine the collection at Currency Museum.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Daejeon itinerary app.

You can drive from Gwangju to Daejeon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gwangju in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Daejeon, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

Gyeongju

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Gyeongju National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Seokguram.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju online driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Daejeon to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cheongsong-gun.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Cheongsong-gun

— 1 night
On the 25th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Juwangsan National Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cheongsong-gun online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gyeongju to Cheongsong-gun. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Cheongsong-gun

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
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Donghae

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): head outdoors with Mangsang Beach, then admire the verdant scenery at Mureung Valley, and then kick back and relax at Chuam Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Donghae day trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cheongsong-gun to Donghae. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sokcho.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Take a break from the city and head to Seoraksan National Park and Cheoksan Foot Spa Park. Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Yangyang-gun (Naksan Beach & Osaek Jujeongol Valley). There's much more to do: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bongpo Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sokcho itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Donghae to Sokcho. In September, daytime highs in Sokcho are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Seoul

— 9 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Korea National Arboretum. Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Migliore Dongdaemun Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (in Gwacheon), Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). Pack the 3rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Insadong, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and shop like a local with Namdaemun Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Seoul tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Seoul are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 8:

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.