30 days in South Korea Itinerary

30 days in South Korea Itinerary

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30 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Suncheon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Busan
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gyeongju
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Andong
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sokcho
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Seoul
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Cheonjiyeon Falls). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Halla Mountain, Head underground at Hallim Park, make a trip to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road), and admire the natural beauty at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jeju vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Jeju is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Jeju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Suncheon

Suncheon ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Suncheon: Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun), Gurye-gun (Hwaeomsa Temple & Saseongam Temple 四聖庵) and Seodo Station (in Namwon). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songgwangsa Temple.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Suncheon trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Suncheon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Suncheon can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Gurye-gun, Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon, Hwabangsa Temple, Seodo Station, Ssanggyesa Temple
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Songgwangsa Temple ©
Songgwangsa Temple
Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon ©
Seonamsa Temple ©
Seonamsa Temple

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Change things up with a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village, and head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach.

Make your Busan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Suncheon to Busan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Suncheon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daegu (Donghwasa, Sanghwa Yi's Old House, & more), Ulsan Petroglyph Museum (in Ulsan) and Gyeongsan (Gatbawi & Bangokji). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Gyeongju using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Busan in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Daegu, Gyeongsan, Ulsan Petroglyph Museum
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Andong side-trips: Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian School). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Andong trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Gyeongju to Andong by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. November in Andong sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yeongju, Juwangsan National Park, Cheongnyangsa Temple
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple

4
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Naksansa Temple (in Yangyang-gun) and Pyeongchang-gun (Woljeongsa & Sangwonsa). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, kick back and relax at Jeongdongjin Beach, get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, and hike along Ulsanbawi Rock.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho online holiday planner .

Getting from Andong to Sokcho by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pyeongchang-gun, Gangneung, Baekdamsa Temple, Naksansa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

6
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.
When in Seoul, make a side trip to see Nami Island in Chuncheon, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and make a trip to N Seoul Tower.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Seoul tour planner .

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Seoul sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nami Island
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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