15 days in South Korea Itinerary

15 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea planner
Make it your trip
— 4 nights
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights


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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trickeye Museum Seoul and National Folk Museum of Korea. Step out of Seoul to go to Suwon and see Hwaseong Fortress, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and examine the collection at Love Museum.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Seoul. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in October, with highs in Seoul at 22°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Andong.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

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.
On the 7th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa and then steep yourself in history at Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

Plan my day in Andong using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Seoul to Andong by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seoul in October since evenings lows in Andong dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.
Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cheonmachong Tomb and Seokguram. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongju Historic Area and Gyeongju National Museum. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple and contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju visit planner.

Getting from Andong to Gyeongju by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Busan.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Busan — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Busan Museum of Art, then stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, and then get great views at Taejongdae.

To plan Busan vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Jeju, Jeju Island — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Yakchunsa Temple and Gwaneumsa Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alive Museum Jeju and Hyeopjae Beach. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff & Jeongbang Waterfall). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Bijarim Forest.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Jeju when traveling from Busan in October, with lows around 23°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

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.