17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea route planner
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Seoul
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 1 night
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. Changdeokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Insadong, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Seoul trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Madrid, Spain to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 8 hours. When traveling from Madrid in October, plan for slightly colder days in Seoul, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
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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 30th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, then steep yourself in history at Gwongeumseong Fortress, and finally get outside with Biryong Falls.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho journey planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sokcho when traveling from Seoul in October, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Andong.
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Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Okyeonjeongsa House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then contemplate the long history of Byeongsan Seowon.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Andong trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Historic Sites
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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 2nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

Plan my day in Gyeongju using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and finally don't miss a visit to Yu Chi-hwan Postbox Observatory.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to Jeju.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 6 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.
Yakchunsa Temple and Bulsari Tapsa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Hyeopjae Beach and Hamdeok Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, World Seashell Museum, &more). Spend the 7th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll around Bijarim Forest, get outside with Gwakji Gwamul Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Saebyeol Oreum, and admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jeju day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Side Trip
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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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