22 days in South Korea Itinerary

22 days in South Korea Itinerary

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22 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Busan
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Yeosu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hapcheon-Gun
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Seoul
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Yeojwacheon Stream and Beomeosa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as UN Memorial Cemetery and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Gimhae (Daeseong-dong Ancient Tomb & Gimhaeeupsung North gate). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Lee Joong Seop Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan trip itinerary maker site .

Ottawa, Canada to Busan is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Ottawa to Busan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Busan: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gimhae, Yeojwacheon Stream
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Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery

6
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get some cultural insight at Spirited Garden and Yakchunsa Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Yongmeori Beach and Hamdeok Beach. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Hwangwooji Coast, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, Head underground at Hallim Park, stroll through Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, and walk around Bijarim Forest.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju trip planner.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Yeosu.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

2
nights
Yeosu

Yeosu ©
A serene port city midway along South Korea's south coast, Yeosu offers a waterfront of marinas, seafood, and scenic island views.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): walk around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Yeosu Jinnamgwan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hyangiram Hermitage, and finally take an in-depth tour of Geobukseon Mohyeong Cheheomjang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Imjinseong, then look for all kinds of wild species at Yang Mori School, and then take an in-depth tour of Hamel Museum.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Yeosu trip app .

You can fly from Jeju to Yeosu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hapcheon-Gun.

Things to do in Yeosu

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Namhae-gun, Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve
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Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve ©
Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve
Hyangiram Hermitage ©
Hyangiram Hermitage
Yeosu Jinnamgwan ©
Yeosu Jinnamgwan

1
night
Hapcheon-Gun

Hapcheon-Gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): walk around Hwangmaesan County Park and then contemplate the long history of Haeinsa.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hapcheon-Gun attractions tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yeosu to Hapcheon-Gun. May in Hapcheon-Gun sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Hapcheon-Gun

Parks Historic Sites
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Hwangmaesan County Park ©
Hwangmaesan County Park
Haeinsa ©
Haeinsa

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, then contemplate the long history of 석빙고(Seokbinggo Ice Storage House), and finally steep yourself in history at Yangdong Folk Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Submerged Tomb of King Munmu, get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and finally explore the activities along Anapji Pond.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hapcheon-Gun to Gyeongju. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then steep yourself in history at Gwongeumseong Fortress, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ulsanbawi Rock, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sokcho City Museum & Displaced Civilians Folk Village. On your second day here, examine the collection at Seokbong Ceramic Museum, steep yourself in history at Uisangdae, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongcho Lake, and finally hunt for treasures at Sokcho Jungang Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sokcho road trip app .

You can drive from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yangyang-gun
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Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Sokcho Jungang Market ©
Sokcho Jungang Market

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trickeye Museum Seoul and Changgyeonggung Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bongeunsa Temple and Gwanghwamun Gate. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Grevin Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Myeong-dong Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Manhae Han Young Un Simujang, and appreciate the history behind Jogyesa Temple.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seoul online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Seoul sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Bongeunsa Temple ©
Bongeunsa Temple
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

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