32 days in South Korea Itinerary

32 days in South Korea Itinerary

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32 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly + train:  17​h
1
Seoul
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Gangneung
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Donghae
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Yeongwol-gun
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Andong
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Gyeongju
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Busan
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Haenam-gun
— 1 night
Travel:  5​h 30​min
9
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Riyadh

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Deoksugung and The National Folk Museum of Korea. Get some historical perspective at Hwaseong Fortress and Bongeunsa Temple. Change things up with a short trip to DMZ in Paju (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate, contemplate the long history of Namsangol Hanok Village, stop by Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul road trip site .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Seoul is 6 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in March, things will get colder in Seoul: highs are around 13°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Gangneung.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, DMZ Haemaru Village
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Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongpodae and Gangneung Seongyojang. You'll get in some beach time at Gyeongpo Beach and Naksan Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gangmun Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anmok Beach, hike along Jeongdong-Simgok Badabuchae-gil Trail, and hunt for treasures at Gangneung Jungang Market.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gangneung trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Seoul to Gangneung in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Gangneung

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Naksan Beach
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Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach
Anmok Beach ©
Anmok Beach
Jumunjin Beach ©
Jumunjin Beach

1
night
Donghae

Donghae ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Mukho Lighthouse Park, kick back and relax at Chuam Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock).

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Donghae trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gangneung to Donghae. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yeongwol-gun.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Chuam Beach ©
Chuam Beach
Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock) ©
Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock)

1
night
Yeongwol-gun

Yeongwol-gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Korean Peninsula-shaped Cliffs (Seonam Village), explore the fascinating underground world of Gossi Cave, see the interesting displays at Byeolmaro Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Jangneung, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonglyeongpo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yeongwol-gun route builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Donghae to Yeongwol-gun. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Andong.

Things to do in Yeongwol-gun

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Cheonglyeongpo ©
Cheonglyeongpo
Jangneung ©
Jangneung

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.
Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Bongjeongsa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Dosanseowon Confucian School and Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Andong: Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Gounsa Temple (in Uiseong-gun) and Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian School & Yeongju Museom Village). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon).

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Andong trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yeongwol-gun to Andong. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yeongju, Gounsa Temple, Juwangsan National Park
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Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy ©
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yangdong Folk Village and Oksan Seowon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongju National Museum and Cheonmachong Tomb. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Pohang (Jukdo Market & Pohang Steel Yard). Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Anapji Pond, identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, and get in on the family fun at Gyeongju World.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Andong in March, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pohang
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Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area

5
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Beomeosa Temple and Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion street. Relax by the water at Gwangalli Beach and Songjeong Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Yeojwacheon Stream (in Changwon) and Geoje (Oedo Botania & Sinseondae). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Bujeon Market, take in the awesome beauty at Jangsan Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Songdo Beach, and snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip itinerary builder .

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. Traveling from Gyeongju in March, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Haenam-gun.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Geoje, Yeojwacheon Stream
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Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream

1
night
Haenam-gun

Haenam-gun ©
On the 24th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Dasan Chodang (Dasan Jeong Yak-yong historical site), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baengnyeonsa Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihwangsa Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daedunsa Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Wolchulsan National Park.

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

Explore your travel options from Busan to Haenam-gun with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Haenam-gun

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gangjin-gun, Wolchulsan National Park
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Wolchulsan National Park ©
Wolchulsan National Park
Mihwangsa Temple ©
Mihwangsa Temple

6
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Do your shopping at Bonte Museum and Dongmun Market. Discover out-of-the-way places like Geomunoreum and Hallim Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Jeongbang Waterfall, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, identify plant and animal life at Roe Deer Observation Center, stroll through Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju day trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Haenam-gun to Jeju. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Bijarim Forest ©
Bijarim Forest

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