30 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Incheon
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Gangneung
— 2 nights
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Donghae
— 1 night
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Boeun-gun
— 2 nights
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Changnyeong-gun
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
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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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and DMZ Haemaru Village will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon), Korea National Arboretum (in Pocheon) and Nami Island (in Chuncheon). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, stop by Insadong, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and have some family-friendly fun at INT Studio.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Seoul is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Seoul is 3.5 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in April; daily highs in Seoul reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Incheon.
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Incheon — 2 nights

The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Jjajangmyeon Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): walk around Songdo Central Park, stroll around Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park, identify plant and animal life at Bucheon Botanical Garden, then explore the galleries of Bucheon Natural Ecological Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bupyeong History Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Incheon trip itinerary planner.

Incheon is very close to Seoul. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Naksansa Temple and Sinheungsa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Cheonjin Beach and Bongpo Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sokcho to Yangyang-gun to see Naksan Beach about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park, visit a coastal fixture at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, hunt for treasures at Sokcho Central Market, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

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You can drive from Incheon to Sokcho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gangneung.
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Gangneung — 2 nights

A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Keep things going the next day: get outside with Gyeongpo Beach, kick back and relax at Jeongdongjin Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sacheonjin Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangneung road trip tool.

You can drive from Sokcho to Gangneung in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Donghae.
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Donghae — 1 night

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Donghae online attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gangneung to Donghae. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Boeun-gun.
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Boeun-gun — 2 nights

On the 15th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Songnisan National Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beopjusa Temple, and then make a trip to Jeongipumsong Pine Tree. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Samnyeon Sanseong Fortress, then admire the striking features of Seon Byeong-guk House, and then steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Jeong Jiyong.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Boeun-gun trip itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Boeun-gun with the Route module. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Changnyeong-gun.
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Changnyeong-gun — 2 nights

Although many Changnyeong-gun tours revolve around its distinctive cultural legacy that dates back to the early Three Kingdoms period, there are still plenty of things to do for those pursuing great outdoors.
On the 17th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Changnyeong Museum, contemplate the long history of Yeongnamlu, then see the interesting displays at Miryang City Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Aranggak Pavilion. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Upo Wetland, take in the awesome beauty at Hwawangsan Mountain, and then steep yourself in history at Cheongdo Eupseong Fortress.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Changnyeong-gun trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boeun-gun to Changnyeong-gun. Traveling from Boeun-gun in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Changnyeong-gun, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Bulguksa Temple and Cheonmachong Tomb. Get outdoors at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Bomun Lake. Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Daegu (Heeum - Museum of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, Seomun Market, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golgulsa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Changnyeong-gun to Gyeongju. Traveling from Changnyeong-gun in April, you will find days in Gyeongju are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive 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.
Get some cultural insight at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village and Busan Museum. You'll explore and learn at Bokcheon Museum and Gallery Mare. Step out of Busan with an excursion to Gimhae National Museum in Gimhae--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, and don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in April, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Busan: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Gwaneumsa Temple and Seongeup Folk Village are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at O’sulloc Tea Museum and The Islander. Change things up with a short trip to Jeju Glass Museum in Seogwipo (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Samseonghyeol, enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach, and hunt for treasures at Dongmun Market.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju journey tool.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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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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