21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Busan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 1 night
Drive
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, head outdoors with Hyeopjae Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip itinerary builder tool.

Paris, France to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.
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Busan — 4 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: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, stroll around Yongdusan Park, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Busan tour planner.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In August in Busan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.
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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 20th (Sat): cool off at Gyeongju California Beach Water Park, then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ulsan Daegok Museum, then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip maker site.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Andong.
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Andong — 1 night

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 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Buyongdae, contemplate the long history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Andong trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Andong, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 23rd (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): trek along Biryong Falls, then head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sokcho trip itinerary website.

Getting from Andong to Sokcho by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive 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.
Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and visit Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul travel planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to 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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