15 days in South Korea Itinerary

15 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hyeopjae Beach and Bijarim Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Yakchunsa Temple & Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, and stroll through Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the Jeju online route planner.

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. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Jeju, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip
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Busan — 3 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Beomeosa Temple and UN Memorial Cemetery. Step off the beaten path and head to Taejongdae and Gwangalli Beach. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Busan trip planner.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Busan when traveling from Jeju in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.
Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
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Gyeongju — 2 nights

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 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple and then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum and then steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip maker tool.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can 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.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa and then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Andong route builder website.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Andong are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Seoul.
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Seoul — 5 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 Hwaseong Fortress are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Changdeokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, wander the streets of Insadong, don't miss a visit to Bongeunsa Temple, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul online route planner.

You can drive from Andong to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Seoul, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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.