21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

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21 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Gwangju
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Busan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Seoul
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Halla Mountain, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju driving holiday planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Jeju is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Jeju is 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, and then stroll around Peace Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Unjusa, take a stroll around Asia Culture Center, and then get outside with Soswaewon.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gwangju attractions planner.

Getting from Jeju to Gwangju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Unjusa, Soswaewon
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Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
Unjusa ©
Unjusa
Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple ©
Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, historic sites, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, examine the collection at Busan Museum, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan trip website .

You can drive from Gwangju to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Busan when traveling from Gwangju in April, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

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

2
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.
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Tongiljeon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, and finally explore the activities along Anapji Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and then steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Busan in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Gyeongju, with highs around 14°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

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

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): trek along Ulsanbawi Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple, head outdoors with Osaek Jujeongol Valley, then take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and finally kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach.

Discover how to plan a Sokcho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Sokcho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Cheonjin Beach
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Osaek Jujeongol Valley ©
Osaek Jujeongol Valley
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

1
night
Chuncheon

Chuncheon ©
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chuncheon trip app .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa

5
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 shopping, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, and shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Chuncheon to Seoul by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a subway. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

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

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