34 days in South Korea Itinerary

34 days in South Korea Itinerary

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34 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: College Station
Fly:  26​h
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Busan
— 5 nights
3
Gyeongju
— 4 nights
4
Andong
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Donghae
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gangneung
— 4 nights
7
Seoul
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Taean-gun
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: College Station

6
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Visiting Geomunoreum and Hallim Park will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Alive Museum and Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Yongmeori Beach, Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sehwa Beach, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roe Deer Observation Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jeju travel planner .

College Station, USA to Jeju is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Korea Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Yongmeori Beach ©
Yongmeori Beach

5
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Gwangalli Beach and Beomeosa Temple. Haedong Yonggung Temple and UN Memorial Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Busan to Geoje to see Mongdol Beach about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dadaepo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Busan online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Gyeongju National Museum and Oksan Seowon. Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Pohang (Pohang Steel Yard & Yeongildae Beach). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Anapji Pond, contemplate the long history of Yangdong Folk Village, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gyeongju road trip app .

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pohang
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Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

2
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.
On the 26th (Fri), take a stroll through Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), steep yourself in history at Dosanseowon Confucian School, then contemplate the long history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and finally steep yourself in history at Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take in the views from Wollyeongo Bridge, then examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, then take a stroll through Yeongju Museom Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Andong trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Andong sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Yeongju Museom Village
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy ©
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

1
night
Donghae

Donghae ©
On the 28th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Mukho Lighthouse Park, then explore the striking landscape at Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Donghae sightseeing app .

Explore your travel options from Andong to Donghae with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gangneung.

Things to do in Donghae

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

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gyeongpo Beach and Anmok Beach. Naksansa Temple and Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gangneung: Seoraksan National Park (in Sokcho) and Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gangmun Beach, kick back and relax at Sacheonjin Beach, head outdoors with Jeongdong-Simgok Badabuchae-gil Trail, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Gangneung Jungang Market.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gangneung online trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Donghae to Gangneung. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Sokcho
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Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Myeongdong Shopping Street and DMZ. Take a break from the city and head to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. Change things up with a short trip to The Third Tunnel in Paju (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, explore the historical opulence of Changdeokgung Palace, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, and don't miss a visit to Bongeunsa Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul road trip site .

Take a train from Gangneung to Seoul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taean-gun.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Paju
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Insadong ©
Insadong

2
nights
Taean-gun

Taean-gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Anmyeonam, take a peaceful walk through Anmyeondo Island Recreational Forest, and then kick back and relax at Batgae Beach. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Taeanhaean National Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Taean-gun online visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seoul to Taean-gun. In August, daytime highs in Taean-gun are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taean-gun

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Taeanhaean National Park ©
Taeanhaean National Park
Anmyeonam Temple ©
Anmyeonam Temple

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