8 days in South Korea Itinerary

8 days in South Korea Itinerary

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8 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Busan
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
Seoul
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  18​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach and then kick back and relax at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju online road trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Jeju is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 14 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Jeju: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

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Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Gwaneumsa Temple ©
Gwaneumsa Temple

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City, then enjoy the sand and surf at Songjeong Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan online route 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 and bus. Traveling from Jeju in June, you will find days in Busan are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seoul.

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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Jagalchi Market ©
Jagalchi Market

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace and then wander the streets of Insadong. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Changdeokgung Palace, then take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner .

Getting from Busan to Seoul by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Busan in June, you will find days in Seoul are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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