16 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Chuncheon
— 1 night
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Sokcho
— 1 night
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Jeju, 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.
When in Seoul, make a side trip to see DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, approximately Paju away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Deoksugung, take a stroll through Insadong, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Istanbul to Seoul, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Chuncheon.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
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Chuncheon — 1 night

The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, then admire the sheer force of Gugok Pokpo, and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chuncheon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Seoul to Chuncheon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. April in Chuncheon sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sokcho.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Sokcho — 1 night

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Sokcho route planner.

Drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Gyeongju.
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Nature · Parks
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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 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum and then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Seokguram.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju holiday website.

You can fly from Sokcho to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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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 24th (Mon): stroll around Yongdusan Park, then get outside with Gwangalli Beach, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, get great views at Yu Chi-hwan Postbox Observatory, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Busan attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in April, expect nights in Busan to be a bit cooler, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Jeju.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, head off the coast to Udo, and admire the natural beauty at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park.

Plan my day in Jeju using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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.
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