20 days in South Korea Itinerary

20 days in South Korea Itinerary

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20 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Seoul
1
Seoul
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Daegu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Busan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Jeju
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Gwangju
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Seoul
— 8 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

3
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.
Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take a stroll through Insadong, and ponder the world of politics at Seoul City Hall.

To find out how to plan a trip to Seoul, use our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport and Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513). In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Daegu.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

1
night
Daegu

Daegu
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
On the 30th (Mon), hunt for treasures at Seomun Market, enjoy breathtaking views from 83 Tower, then stroll through Apsan Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Donghwasa.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Daegu trip tool .

You can take a train from Seoul to Daegu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Seoul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Daegu, with highs around 31°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Daegu

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Apsan Park
Apsan Park
Donghwasa ©
Donghwasa
Seomun Market
Seomun Market

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get great views at Taejongdae, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Busan trip planning website .

Getting from Daegu to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Busan sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

3
nights
Jeju

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls & Seongsan Ilchulbong). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take in the awesome beauty at Halla Mountain, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, and stroll through Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju online itinerary planner .

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Jeju when traveling from Busan in October, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

1
night
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. On the 6th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park and then take an in-depth tour of Gwangju Folk Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Pungam Reservoir and then steep yourself in history at May 18th National Cemetery.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gwangju day trip planning app .

Fly from Jeju to Gwangju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gwangju when traveling from Jeju in October, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gwangju

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
May 18th National Cemetery ©
May 18th National Cemetery
Gwangju Folk Museum ©
Gwangju Folk Museum

8
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ) and Yongin (Everland & Korean Folk Village). Pack the 8th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. See some other sides of Seoul: learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, make a trip to Bongeunsa Temple, and stroll through Hangang Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seoul trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Gwangju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Gwangju in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Seoul, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Paju, Yongin
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Lotte World ©
Lotte World
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village
Namdaemun Market ©
Namdaemun Market

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