12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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12 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + Train:  15​h 30​min
1
Seoul
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Suncheon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Boseong-gun
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Jeonju
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Andong
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Busan
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Perth

2
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.
Seoul is known for museums, shopping, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in April, expect Seoul to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

1
night
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain and then explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Jeju trip planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Halla Mountain
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Thu), make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set, steep yourself in history at Suncheon Hyanggyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Suncheon road trip tool .

You can fly from Jeju to Suncheon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In April, daytime highs in Suncheon are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Boseong-gun.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites
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Songgwangsa Temple ©
Songgwangsa Temple
Seonamsa Temple ©
Seonamsa Temple
Suncheon Open Film Set ©
Suncheon Open Film Set

1
night
Boseong-gun

Boseong-gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Daewonsa Tibetan Museum, see the interesting displays at Taebaek Mountain Range Literary Museum, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Boseong-gun trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Suncheon to Boseong-gun. In April, daytime highs in Boseong-gun are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Jeonju.

Things to do in Boseong-gun

Museums Nature Parks
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Taebaek Mountain Range Literary Museum ©
Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon ©

1
night
Jeonju

Jeonju ©
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Moak Mountain, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Byeonsanbando National Park, examine the collection at Jeonju Fan Culture Center, then get engrossed in the history at Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, and finally make a trip to Jeonju Hanok Village.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jeonju journey tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boseong-gun to Jeonju. Traveling from Boseong-gun in April, Jeonju is little chillier at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Jeonju

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Byeonsanbando National Park
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Jeonju Fan Culture Center ©
Jeonju Fan Culture Center
Jeonju Hanok Village ©
Jeonju Hanok Village

1
night
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and finally examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Andong holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Jeonju to Andong in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jeonju in April: highs in Andong hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Bongjeongsa ©
Bongjeongsa

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the activities along Anapji Pond, contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Andong to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll around Yongdusan Park, get great views at Taejongdae, then enjoy the sea views from Yeongdo Lighthouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally stroll through Haeundae Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Gyeongju in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 22°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

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