21 days in South Korea Itinerary

21 days in South Korea Itinerary

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21 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Train:  15​h 30​min
1
Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Yongin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Cheongju
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Gyeongju
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
5
Daegu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Busan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Gwangju
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Damyang-gun
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Paju to see DMZ Haemaru Village about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and get in on the family fun at Lotte World.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul online trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Seoul is 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Yongin.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

2
nights
Yongin

Yongin ©
Located within the capital's urban sprawl, Yongin stands as a city in its own right, but has come to be considered a suburb of Seoul.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Samsung Transportation Museum and then get in on the family fun at Everland. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Korean Folk Village and then cool off at Caribbean Bay.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yongin road trip site .

Traveling by car from Seoul to Yongin takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Yongin are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Yongin

Theme Parks Museums Parks
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Everland ©
Everland
Korean Folk Village ©
Korean Folk Village
Samsung Transportation Museum ©
Samsung Transportation Museum

1
night
Cheongju

Cheongju ©
Cheongju is the capital and largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea.HistoryCheongju has been an important provincial town since ancient times.During Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea, Cheongju was the site of the Battle of Chongju, during which the Korean forces re-took the city from the Japanese forces in an important early victory.The government of the province relocated here from Chungju in 1908.The opening of the Chungbuk-line in 1926 sparked regional development. On the 15th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Sangdangsanseong Fortress, then examine the collection at Cheongju Early Printing Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Cheongnamdae.

Before you visit Cheongju, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Yongin to Cheongju with the Route module. Traveling from Yongin in May, Cheongju is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Cheongju

Historic Sites Museums
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Sangdangsanseong Fortress ©
Sangdangsanseong Fortress
Cheongju Early Printing Museum ©
Cheongju Early Printing Museum

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 16th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then explore the activities along Bomun Lake. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, then explore the activities along Anapji Pond, and finally contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip itinerary maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cheongju to Gyeongju. When traveling from Cheongju in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Gyeongju, with highs around 18°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Daegu.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

2
nights
Daegu

Daegu
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kim Gwangseok Memorial Street, contemplate the long history of Donghwasa, and then take in panoramic vistas at 83 Tower. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Seomun Market, then stroll around Apsan Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daegu Arboretum.

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You can take a bus from Gyeongju to Daegu in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in May: highs in Daegu hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Daegu

Parks Nature Shopping
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Apsan Park
Apsan Park
Donghwasa ©
Donghwasa
Seomun Market
Seomun Market

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Huinnyeoul Culture Village. On the 20th (Wed), admire the local landmark of Busan Station Plaza, then take in the pleasant sights at Huinnyeoul Culture Village, and then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and then get outside with Haeundae Beach.

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Traveling by car from Daegu to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Daegu in May, you will find days in Busan are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Busan

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

2
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Yangnim-dong Penguin Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unjusa, appreciate the extensive heritage of 1913 Songjeong Market, and then steep yourself in history at May 18th National Cemetery.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gwangju online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Busan to Gwangju in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Busan, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Gwangju, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Damyang-gun.

Things to do in Gwangju

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Unjusa
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Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
Unjusa ©
Unjusa
Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple ©
Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple

3
nights
Damyang-gun

Damyang-gun ©
Get out of town with these interesting Damyang-gun side-trips: Hwaeomsa Temple (in Gurye-gun), Namwon (Gwanghallu Pavilion & Namwon Confucian School) and Seonunsa Temple (in Gochang-gun).

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Damyang-gun online holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gwangju to Damyang-gun. May in Damyang-gun sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Damyang-gun

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Namwon, Seonunsa Temple, Hwaeomsa Temple
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Gwanghallu Pavilion ©
Gwanghallu Pavilion
Seonunsa Temple ©
Seonunsa Temple
Damyang Juknokwon ©
Damyang Juknokwon

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