16 days in South Korea Itinerary

16 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Take a break from Jeju with a short trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, stroll around Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 27:

Busan

— 3 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Busan itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In July, daytime highs in Busan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Gyeongju

— 1 night

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gyeongju tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:

Seoul

— 5 nights
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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Seoul road trip planning website.

Fly from Gyeongju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.