17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

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17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Seoul
— 4 nights
2
Andong
— 3 nights
3
Busan
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tongyeong
— 2 nights
5
Gwangju
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Museum of Korea. Kids will enjoy Everland and Eurwangni Beach. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baekbeom Plaza, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, and step into the grandiose world of Changdeokgung Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Seoul route builder website .

San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Seoul, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 82°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eurwangni Beach, Everland
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Everland ©
Everland
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

3
nights
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Juwangsan National Park and Dosanseowon Confucian School. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Yiyuksa Munhakgwan.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Andong travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Andong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Seoul in June, expect nights in Andong to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Andong

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Juwangsan National Park
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Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gwangalli Beach and Songdo Beach. Beomeosa Temple and Gamcheon Culture Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Yeojwacheon Stream in Changwon (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Busan Station Plaza, stroll through Songjeong Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Busan online visit planner .

Getting from Andong to Busan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Andong in June, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tongyeong.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Yeojwacheon Stream
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Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

2
nights
Tongyeong

Tongyeong ©
On the 25th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Jeonhyeoklim Art Museum, trek along Mireuksan Mountain, and then get in on the family fun at Skyline Luge Tongyeong. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sinseondae, then take an in-depth tour of Geoje Shipbuilding and Maritime Cultural Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mongdol Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tongyeong travel app .

Drive from Busan to Tongyeong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Busan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tongyeong, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Tongyeong

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Geoje
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Jeonhyeoklim Art Museum ©
Jeonhyeoklim Art Museum
Mireuksan Mountain ©
Mireuksan Mountain

2
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. On the 27th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park and then get engrossed in the history at Gwangju Folk Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Geumseongsanseong Fortress, then get to know the fascinating history of 1913 Songjeong Market, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wolbongseowon.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gwangju online journey planner .

Getting from Tongyeong to Gwangju by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tongyeong in June, with highs in Gwangju at 75°F and lows at 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Geumseongsanseong Fortress
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Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
Gwangju Folk Museum ©
Gwangju Folk Museum
1913 Songjeong Market ©
1913 Songjeong Market

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