15 days in South Korea Itinerary

15 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
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Buyeo-gun
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 1 night
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Gwaneumsa Temple and Jeju National Museum. Relax by the water at Hyeopjae Beach and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Step out of Jeju with an excursion to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo--about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 10th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Sangumburi Crater, view the masterpieces at Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema, head outdoors with Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sanho Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Jeju is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, you will find days in Jeju are colder (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Buyeo-gun.
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Buyeo-gun — 1 night

On the 14th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Baekje Royal Tombs, steep yourself in history at Nakhwaam Rock, then steep yourself in history at Busosanseong Fortress, and finally see the interesting displays at Buyeo National Museum.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Buyeo-gun trip planning site.

You can fly from Jeju to Buyeo-gun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, train, and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Jeju in October since evenings lows in Buyeo-gun dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Seoul — 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Insadong. Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, brush up on your military savvy at The War Memorial of Korea, and walk around Namsan Park.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Buyeo-gun to Seoul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Buyeo-gun in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seoul, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, head outdoors with Biryong Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinheungsa Temple, then hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baekdamsa Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sokcho travel planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in October, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Sokcho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Andong.
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Andong — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, then see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, then steep yourself in history at Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and finally contemplate the long history of Byeongsan Seowon.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Andong trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Andong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Andong are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 1 night

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 21st (Fri), explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and finally examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

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You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Busan — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 22nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, then visit a coastal fixture at Yeongdo Lighthouse, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and finally stroll around Yongdusan Park. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Taejongdae, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, and then get engrossed in the history at Gimhae Folk Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Busan, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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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.
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