22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea journey maker
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 1 night
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Busan — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gwangalli Beach and UN Memorial Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, explore the world behind art at Busan Museum of Art, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, and make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Busan journey maker app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Busan is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Busan is 7 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Busan reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb and then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Busan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Andong.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

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 1st (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village and then see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Andong trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Andong are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Jeju.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:

Jeju, Jeju Island — 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff and Jeongbang Waterfall. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hallim Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Gasiri Wind Power Plant, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach, identify plant and animal life at Roe Deer Observation Center, head outdoors with Woljeongri Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Bijarim Forest.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju tour planner.

Fly from Andong to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Andong in October since evenings lows in Jeju dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple and then head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Sokcho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Jeju in October, Sokcho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Seoul.
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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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea will appeal to museum buffs. Kids will appreciate attractions like Changdeokgung Palace and Deoksugung. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Insadong, stop by Ringolabel, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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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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