17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Busan — 3 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Escape the urban bustle at Songjeong Beach and Hakdong Mongdol Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Dadaepo Beach and Oryukdo Island. Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Statue of Peace (in Changwon), Miryang (Aranggak Pavilion & Yeongnamlu) and Gimhae (Surowangbi-reung, Gimhae National Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Igidae Park, take in the awesome beauty at Jangsan Mountain, get engrossed in the history at Busan Modern History Museum, and wander the streets of Seopilang Gongwon.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip planning tool.

New York City, USA to Busan is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Busan, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Bunhwangsa Temple and Seoknamsa Temple are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Oksanseowon Confucian Academy and Ulsan Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Ulsan (Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove, Taehwagang National Garden, &more) and Pohang (Oeosa Temple of Unjesan Mountain & Yeongildae Beach). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Gyeongju California Beach Water Park, explore the world behind art at Art Sonje Museum, steep yourself in history at Tomb of King Munmu, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Girimsa Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju day trip planner.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 5 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 Hyeopjae Beach and Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seongeup Folk Village and Hallasan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Pyoseon Haevichi Beach, Kim Younggap Gallery Dumoak, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Woljeongri Beach, explore the galleries of Maze Land, delve into the lush surroundings at Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, and get outside with Sanho Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jeju online vacation planner.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seoul Museum of History and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch). Kids will appreciate attractions like National Palace Museum of Korea and Naksan Park. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Gwacheon (National Gwacheon Science Museum & Seoul Grand Park), Woongjin Playdoci (in Bucheon) and Gwangmyeong Cave (in Gwangmyeong). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Janganmun Gate, look for all kinds of wild species at Mulhyanggi Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gilsangsa Shrine, and stroll the grounds of Seoul National Cemetery.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Seoul road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. July in Seoul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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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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