23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Geoje
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Gangneung
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Seoul — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Changdeokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and then don't miss a visit to Gwanghwamun Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is minus 1 hour. May in Seoul sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hallasan and Jeju Stone Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach, walk around Handam Park, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and head outdoors with Saryeoni Forest Path.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jeju tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Suncheon.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches
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Suncheon — 2 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
On the 25th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village and then take in nature's colorful creations at Suncheon Bay Garden. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Gwangyang Maehwa Village and then walk around Pyeongsari Park.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Suncheon trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Suncheon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, daily temperatures in Suncheon can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geoje.
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Geoje — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): wander the streets of Seopilang Gongwon and then admire the masterpieces at Ottchil Artworks of Korea. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Hakdong Mongdol Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Oedo Botania, and then get engrossed in the history at Geoje Shipbuilding and Maritime Cultural Centre.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Geoje vacation planner.

You can drive from Suncheon to Geoje in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Geoje are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Igidae Park and Dadaepo Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, and make a trip to Samgwangsa Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Busan trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Geoje to Busan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Geoje in May: highs in Busan hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Gyeongju National Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Ulsan (Seoknamsa Temple & Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple and identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Busan, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): head outdoors with Jeongdong-Simgok Badabuchae-gil Trail and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jeongdongjin Beach. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Heogyun and Heonanseolheon Memorial Hall and then see the interesting displays at Ojukheon.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangneung trip planner.

You can fly from Gyeongju to Gangneung in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 4 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Jogyesa Temple and Gwanghwamun Gate. See even more of Seoul: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Deoksugung, see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Seoul tour planning tool.

You can drive from Gangneung to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Historic Sites · 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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