23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea journey planner
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Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
Drive
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Busan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Seogwipo, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bukhansan National Park and DMZ Haemaru Village. Gyeongbokgung Palace and The Third Tunnel will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, take a stroll through Insadong, and contemplate the long history of Gwanghuimun Gate.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip maker.

San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Seoul. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naksansa Temple and The 4th Tunnel. Take a break from the city and head to Seoraksan National Park and Sangjogam County Park. There's much more to do: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, stroll through Bongpo Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sokcho online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Seoul in October since evenings lows in Sokcho dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Andong.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

Andong — 2 nights

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 26th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, then contemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School, and then take a stroll through Andong Gunja Village. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Andong Folk Village, take a stroll through Museom Village, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, and finally steep yourself in history at Andong imcheonggak.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Andong trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Sokcho to Andong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Gyeongju — 3 nights

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cheonmachong Tomb and Gyeongju National Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gyeongju Historic Area and Cheomseongdae Observatory. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake, make a trip to Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village, and steep yourself in history at Yangdong Folk Village.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Busan.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Busan — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Beomeosa Temple and UN Memorial Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to Gwangalli Beach and Haeundae Beach. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, enjoy the sand and surf at Songdo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Choryang Catholic Church.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Busan trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Busan sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Seogwipo.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:

Seogwipo, Jeju Island — 5 nights

Jeju Island's second city, Seogwipo acts as a base for explorations of the island's south.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff and Sangumburi Crater. Escape the urban bustle at Hyeopjae Beach and Jeongbang Waterfall. Explore Seogwipo's surroundings by going to Jeju (Hallim Park, Hamdeok Beach, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakchunsa Temple, see the interesting displays at Teddy Bear Museum Jeju, admire the sheer force of Cheonjiyeon Falls, and kick back and relax at Yongmeori Beach.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seogwipo travel planning website.

Fly from Busan to Seogwipo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 8:

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.