23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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23 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  14​h
1
Seoul
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Sokcho
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Gangneung
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Andong
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Busan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Seoul
— 9 nights
Fly + foot:  3​h 30​min
End: Birmingham

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take a stroll through Seoul Daehangno, then take a stroll through Ihwa Mural Village, and then take a stroll through Ssamji-gil.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seoul day trip planning website .

Birmingham, UK to Seoul is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Birmingham to Seoul. Traveling from Birmingham in April, expect Seoul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Ihwa Mural Village ©
Ihwa Mural Village
Seoul Daehangno ©
Seoul Daehangno
Ssamzigil ©
Ssamzigil

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daepo Port as well as Sinheungsa Temple. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinheungsa Temple and then don't miss a visit to Daepo Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho online vacation planner .

Getting from Seoul to Sokcho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gangneung.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Sinheungsa Temple ©
Sinheungsa Temple
Daepo Port ©
Daepo Port

1
night
Gangneung

Gangneung ©
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.
You've now added Jeongseon Rail Bike to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa, get interesting insight from Jeongseon Rail Bike, and then engage your brain at Jeongdongjin Time Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gangneung road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Gangneung takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gangneung

Tours Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Jeongseon Rail Bike, Woljeongsa
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Jeongseon Rail Bike ©
Jeongseon Rail Bike
Woljeongsa ©
Woljeongsa
Jeongdongjin Time Museum ©
Jeongdongjin Time Museum

1
night
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take a stroll through Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), steep yourself in history at Dosanseowon Confucian School, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and finally steep yourself in history at Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Andong sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Gangneung to Andong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy ©
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

2
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
On the 24th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gyeongju National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju online day trip planner .

Drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gyeongju National Park ©
Gyeongju National Park
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Cheomseongdae Observatory ©
Cheomseongdae Observatory

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 26th (Fri), stroll through Haeundae Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Songdo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, then take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village, then stroll through Yongdusan Park, and finally admire the local landmark of Busan Station Plaza.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Busan online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Busan, with highs around 22°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 10°C. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach

3
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You've now added Manjanggul Cave to your itinerary. On the 28th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Samseonghyeol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Geomunoreum and then see the interesting displays at Haenyeo Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju vacation maker website .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Halla Mountain
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Geomunoreum ©
Geomunoreum
Seongeup Folk Village ©
Seongeup Folk Village
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

9
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Changgyeonggung Palace, Dongdaemun Shopping Complex, Namdaemun Market, and other attractions you added. Get in touch with nature at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Seoul Grand Park. Get some historical perspective at Changdeokgung Palace and Bongeunsa Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Everland in Yongin (about 1h 15 min away). Explore Seoul further: step into the grandiose world of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, wander the streets of Insadong, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seoul Grand Park, Everland
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

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