18 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Jeonju
— 2 nights
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Daegu
— 1 night
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Incheon
— 6 nights
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Andong
— 2 nights
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Gangneung
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 1 night
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hwahongmun Gate and Yeonmudae (Dongjangdae). Head to Times Square Mall and Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamunfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Suwon (Dongbukgongsimdon, Janganmun Gate, &more), Mulhyanggi Arboretum (in Osan) and Donggureung (in Guri). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Seoul Museum of History, take in the awesome beauty at Inwangsan Mountain, visit Ikseon-dong Hanok Street, and explore the ancient world of Seoul City Wall.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Seoul holiday app.

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Seoul: highs are around 35°C and lows about 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jeonju.
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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.
On the 31st (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Moak Mountain, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Geumsansa Temple, and finally stop by Jeonju Traditional Hanji Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Korea Traditional Culture Center, don't miss a visit to Hakindang, view the masterpieces at Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall, then get engrossed in the history at Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, and finally get engrossed in the history at Chonbuk National University Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jeonju planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Jeonju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Jeonju sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Daegu.
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Daegu — 1 night

The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take a stroll through Bongsan Culture Street, browse the range of quality goods at Shinsegae Department Store Daegu, then contemplate the long history of Sanghwa Yi's Old House, then get to know the fascinating history of Cheongna Hill, and finally browse the different shops at Hyundai Department Store Daegu.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Daegu trip maker tool.

Drive from Jeonju to Daegu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Incheon.
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Incheon — 6 nights

The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Get some cultural insight at Hyeonchungsa Shrine and Gongseri Catholic Church. Get outdoors at Masian Beach and Bucheon Botanical Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Incheon side-trips: Bucheon Natural Ecological Park (in Bucheon), Yeonginsan (in Asan) and Gwangmyeong Cave (in Gwangmyeong). Next up on the itinerary: revel in the low prices at Hyundai Premium Outlet Songdo, hunt for treasures at Sinpo International Market, contemplate the long history of Geolleung, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeondeungsa Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Incheon sightseeing planner.

Fly from Daegu to Incheon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Andong.
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Andong — 2 nights

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 9th (Fri): visit Sinsedong Mural Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gounsa Temple, then take in the dramatic natural features at Buyongdae, and finally visit Museom Village. On your second day here, examine the collection at Confucian Culture Museum, visit Andong Gunja Village, then contemplate the long history of Andong imcheonggak, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Andong Old Market.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Andong road trip tool.

Getting from Incheon to Andong by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Incheon in September: highs in Andong hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Gangneung.
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Gangneung — 1 night

A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
On the 11th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Gangneung Jungang Market, see the interesting displays at Ojukheon Municipal Museum, examine the collection at Daegwallyeong Museum, then examine the collection at Coffee Bakmoolgwan Gihoekboo, and finally see the interesting displays at Coffee Cupper Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gangneung visit planning tool.

Getting from Andong to Gangneung by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Gangneung, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stop by LINE Friends Cafe & Store.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip maker.

Traveling by car from Gangneung to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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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