22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea attractions planner
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Seoul — 7 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.
Get some cultural insight at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Changgyeonggung Palace and Myeong-dong Cathedral. Step out of Seoul to go to Suwon and see Hwaseong Fortress, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, don't miss a visit to Myeongdong Shopping Street, pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Seoul. April in Seoul sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chuncheon.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Chuncheon — 2 nights

The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
On the 9th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at World Oncheon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and then take an in-depth tour of Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum, step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then pause for some photo ops at Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon day trip tool.

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. April in Chuncheon sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Gyeongju.
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Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and then admire the masterpieces at Art Sonje Museum. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Girimsa Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golgulsa Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Chuncheon to Gyeongju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Chuncheon in April, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Busan — 3 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Beomeosa Temple and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Haedong Yonggungsa and Gimhae Gujibong Peak. Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Yangsan Tower (in Yangsan), Changwon (Yeojwacheon Stream & Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road) and Yeongnamlu (in Miryang). There's more to do: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach and walk around Yongdusan Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Busan sightseeing planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seongeup Folk Village and Samseonghyeol. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Honinji Wedding Site and Hangpaduri Hangmong Historic Site. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Jeongbang Waterfall, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Haenyeo Museum, go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail, head outdoors with Hallasan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Jeju road trip planning website.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
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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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