18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea journey planner
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Suwon
— 1 night
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Jeonju
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 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.
Pack the 30th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, and steep yourself in history at Jongmyo Shrine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary builder tool.

Tokyo, Japan to Seoul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Suwon.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks
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Suwon — 1 night

City of Filial Piety

The city of Suwon lies close to the country's capital, and brings in visitors on day trips, mainly to see its old city walls.
On the 31st (Wed), find something for the whole family at Korean Folk Village.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Suwon tour planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Suwon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In May, daily temperatures in Suwon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Jeonju.
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Theme Parks · Historic Sites
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Jeonju — 2 nights

If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Gyeonggijeon Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Royal Portrait Museum, then make a trip to Jeonju Hanok Village, and finally steep yourself in history at Omokdae and Imokdae. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondong Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at Pungnammun Gate, and finally steep yourself in history at Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School.

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You can drive from Suwon to Jeonju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Suwon in June, plan for slightly colder days in Jeonju, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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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 3rd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Seokguram and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and finally contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jeonju to Gyeongju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Jeonju in June: highs in Gyeongju hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Busan — 3 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to BIFF Square, walk around Yongdusan Park, and snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Busan trip planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Gasiri Wind Power Plant, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest, and make a trip to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road).

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jeju trip planner.

Fly from Busan 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. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Parks · Nature · Beaches · 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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