20 days in South Korea Itinerary

20 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Yangyang-gun
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 5 nights

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.
When in Jeju, make a side trip to see Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo, approximately Seogwipo away. Spend the 30th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and stroll through Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jeju trip itinerary tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Jeju is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Riyadh to Jeju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Busan.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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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: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas
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Gyeongju — 2 nights

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 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple. On your second day here, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see photos and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju route planner.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Busan in August: highs in Gyeongju hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Yangyang-gun.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Yangyang-gun — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Osaek Jujeongol Valley and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yangyang-gun trip planner.

Fly from Gyeongju to Yangyang-gun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Seoul.
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Seoul — 6 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, and make a trip to Jongmyo Shrine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yangyang-gun to Seoul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Seoul, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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History Museums · Shopping · 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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