17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea travel route planner
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Seoul
— 4 nights
Train
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Daejeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Hwasun-gun
— 1 night
Drive to Muan International Airport, Fly to Jeju
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Busan
— 3 nights
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. Let the collections at National Museum of Korea and Love Museum capture your imagination. Pack the 19th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, don't miss a visit to Deoksugung, and visit Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Seoul online itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Seoul is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Seoul. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in September: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 26°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Daejeon.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:

Daejeon — 1 night

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the sky in a new way at Daejeon Observatory, then look and learn at National Science Museum, then see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath.

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Getting from Seoul to Daejeon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in September, Daejeon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hwasun-gun.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature
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Hwasun-gun — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Hwasun Red Cliffs and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unjusa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hwasun-gun travel route planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Daejeon to Hwasun-gun. Traveling from Daejeon in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hwasun-gun, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.
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Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

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.
Attractions like Hamdeok Beach and Hallim Park make great kid-friendly stops. Museum-lovers will appreciate Nexon Computer Museum and Jejuyo Ceramic Culture Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, get outside with Hyeopjae Beach, find something for the whole family at Teseum Jeju, and enjoy the sand and surf at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jeju online journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Hwasun-gun to Jeju with the Route module. Traveling from Hwasun-gun in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Jeju, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Seokguram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary planner.

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 September, expect Gyeongju to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Busan — 3 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Busan Museum and Busan Gamcheon Culture Village. Attractions like Haeundae Beach and SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, enjoy the sand and surf at Dadaepo Beach, and make a trip to Haeundae Cinema Street.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Busan day trip planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in September: highs in Busan hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

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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