17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea sightseeing planner
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Fly
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 2 nights
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Seoul — 5 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 Bukhansan National Park and Nami Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hwaseong Fortress and The Garden of Morning Calm. Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: Gangchon Rail Park (in Chuncheon), Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ Haemaru Village) and Petite France (in Gapyeong-gun). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wide array of goods at Lotte Department Store Main, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and relax and rejuvenate at Dragon Hill Spa.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul driving holiday app.

San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Seoul. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Seoul are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are a bit warmer (21°C). On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Busan.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Busan — 3 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Taejongdae and Songdo Skywalk. Head to Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center and Busan Gamcheon Culture Villagefor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Songdo Cable Car, don't miss a visit to Seomyeon Food Alley, and hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Busan day trip site.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Seoul in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Busan, with highs around 26°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 15°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gyeongju.
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Shopping · Neighborhoods
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum and then steep yourself in history at Geumgwanchong Tomb. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gyeongju National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip itinerary app.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. October in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Jeju.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 3 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.
Visit Woljeongri Beach and Sehwa Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Hallasan and Bangju Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Sanbanggulsa Temple & Saeyeongyo Bridge). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Haenyeo Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Saebyeol Oreum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, and trek along Jeju Olle Trail Routes.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju tour planner.

Fly from Gyeongju 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 Gyeongju in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Jeju, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Seoul.
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Seoul — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun, then admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea, then stop by Ssamzigil, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seoul online road trip planner.

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to home.
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Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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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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