31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Cheongju
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Songjeong Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan attractions planner.

Manchester, UK to Busan is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in April, expect Busan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 5:

Gyeongju

— 4 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun) and Daegu (Seomun Market & Donghwasa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Busan in April: highs in Gyeongju hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 7 nights

Island of the Gods

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Udo, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and walk around Sarabong Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 16:

Cheongju

— 2 nights
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 17th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Botapsa Temple, steep yourself in history at Sangdangsanseong Fortress, and then get engrossed in the history at Cheongju National Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at Cheongju Early Printing Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, and then identify plant and animal life at Dugguhbi Saengtae Munhwagwan.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cheongju planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Jeju to Cheongju with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Andong.

Things to do in Cheongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Andong

— 2 nights

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

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 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, contemplate the long history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then explore the striking landscape at Buyongdae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock-carved Standing Buddha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and then examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Andong day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cheongju to Andong. Traveling from Cheongju in April, expect nights in Andong to be a bit warmer, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

Chuncheon

— 2 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, head off the coast to Nami Island, and then admire the masterpieces at Interactive Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa and then get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chuncheon itinerary tool.

Getting from Andong to Chuncheon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Andong in April, expect nights in Chuncheon to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Seoul

— 8 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.
Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seoul attractions app.

Getting from Chuncheon to Seoul by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a subway. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 30:

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · 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.