17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

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17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Busan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Seoul
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Colombo

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hallim Park and Gwaneumsa Temple. Kids will enjoy Hamdeok Beach and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Halla Mountain). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, explore the engaging exhibits at Kim Man Duk Memorial Museum, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and engage your brain at Nexon Computer Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Jeju online trip maker .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Jeju is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Colombo to Jeju, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Busan online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. December in Busan sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, then contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then engage your brain at Silla Arts And Science Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gyeongju road trip site .

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Busan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Nature
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Silla Arts And Science Museum ©
Silla Arts And Science Museum

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): hike along Ulsanbawi Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Bongpo Beach and then get outside with Osaek Jujeongol Valley.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sokcho trip planning app .

You can drive from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Osaek Jujeongol Valley, Bongpo Beach
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Osaek Jujeongol Valley ©
Osaek Jujeongol Valley

6
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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Marketfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Museum of Korea. Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Korean Folk Village in Yongin--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Lotte World, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, wander the streets of Insadong, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seoul online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. On the 15th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Korean Folk Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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