12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 4 nights


Jeju, Jeju Island — 2 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hyeopjae Beach and Yakchunsa Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff & Jeongbang Waterfall). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, stroll through Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and stroll around Hallim Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jeju route planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 8 hours. When traveling from Amsterdam in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Jeju, with highs around 24°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Gyeongju.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Gyeongju — 3 nights

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Cheonmachong Tomb and Seokguram will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Gyeongju Historic Area and Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Gyeongju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Traveling from Jeju in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Gyeongju, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Andong.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Andong — 1 night

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa and then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Andong travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Andong sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trickeye Museum Seoul and National Folk Museum of Korea. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and make a trip to Insadong.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip maker.

Traveling by car from Andong to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Seoul sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
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South Korea travel guide

History Museums · Shopping · 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.