22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gwangchigi Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, stroll through Gwakji Gwamul Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, and stroll around Sarabong Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jeju route planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cairo to Jeju. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 29:

Busan

— 4 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: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Songjeong Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Busan road trip tool.

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:

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 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple and then contemplate the long history of Seokguram.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:

Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple & Hajodae) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Seorak Waterpia, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sokcho trip builder website.

You can fly from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Seoul

— 6 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, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

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Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

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

4.2
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.