12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 4 nights


Jeju, Jeju Island — 2 nights

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 discover tucked-away gems like Hyeopjae Beach and Hamdeok Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Yakchunsa Temple, &more). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park and kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in October: highs in Jeju hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Gyeongju.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Gyeongju — 3 nights

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Cheonmachong Tomb and Seokguram will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Gyeongju Historic Area and Gyeongju National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple and contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Gyeongju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Traveling from Jeju in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Gyeongju, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Andong.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Andong — 1 night

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa and then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Andong travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Andong sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hwaseong Fortress and Deoksugung. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, stop by Insadong, and examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

You can drive from Andong to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
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South Korea travel guide

History Museums · Shopping · 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.