29 days in East Asia Itinerary

29 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Seoul
— 15 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 1 night
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Jeju
— 3 nights
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Seoul
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Seoul — 15 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bukhansan National Park and Eulwangni Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Incheon (Masian Beach, Hanagae Beach, &more) and Suwon Jeil Church (in Suwon). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

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San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Seoul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for little chillier days in Seoul, with highs around 66°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get outdoors at Bongpo Beach and Cheonjin Beach. Popular historic sites such as Naksansa Temple and Baekdamsa Temple are in your itinerary. Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Yangyang-gun (Uisangdae & Osaek Carbonated Hot Springs). There's much more to do: Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, walk around Sokch Seorak Sunrise Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market.

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Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 1 night

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Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to Busan.
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Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nightlife
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Busan — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get great views at Yu Chi-hwan Postbox Observatory, take a stroll through Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, and then examine the collection at Trick Eye Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then get a taste of the local shopping with Tower Gallery, and finally take in the views from Busan Harbor Bridge.

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Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in November: highs in Busan hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can fly to Jeju.
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Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Jeju — 3 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.
Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and The Islander will appeal to museum buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Woljeongri Beach and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. The adventure continues: stroll around Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Saryeoni Forest Path, and take a stroll through Black Pork Street.

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Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.
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Seoul — 2 nights

For shopping fun, head to Namdaemun Market or Lotte Young Plaza Myeongdong. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Korean Contemporary History and Arario Museum in Space. Spend the 24th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. See even more of Seoul: wander the streets of Ihwa Mural Village, contemplate the long history of Simsimheon, enjoy breathtaking views from Seoul City Wall, and stop by Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun.

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You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Jeju Island travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Island of the Gods
A popular vacation island for Koreans and foreigners with a mild coastal climate, Jeju-do offers hiking, caving, horseback riding, and plenty of beaches on which to relax and observe the sunset. A holiday in Jeju-do usually involves a visit to a UNESCO-protected lava tube, where you can see the world’s largest known lava column. Other lava and limestone caves set in botanical gardens, as well as a number of folk villages, combine to offer a diverse range of attractions during treks through the densely forested island, with the well-marked hiking trails also leading past giant basalt statues. Inland theme parks--ranging from a teddy bear museum to an erotic sculpture park--and golf courses provide a diverse range of entertainment options. The matriarchal island is known for its fisherwomen and female divers.
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