19 days in South Korea Itinerary

19 days in South Korea Itinerary

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19 days in South Korea Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  27​h
Busan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Sokcho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Seoul
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
New York City

2
days
Busan

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 21st (Sun), stroll through Dongbaekseom Island. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, then stroll through Songjeong Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach.

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New York City, USA to Busan is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 14 hours. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Busan, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.

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Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple

1
day
Gyeongju

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 24th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa, and finally appreciate the history behind Seokguram Grotto.

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Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from Busan in May, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Sokcho.

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Bulguksa
Gyeongju National Museum
Anapji Pond

2
days
Sokcho

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, and then contemplate the long history of Gwongeumseong Fortress.

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Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Sokcho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Gyeongju in May, you will find days in Sokcho are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Seoul.

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Seoraksan National Park
Ulsanbawi Rock
Biryong Falls

5
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cheonggyecheon Stream and Changdeokgung Palace. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and The Third Tunnel for their historical value. When in Seoul, make a side trip to see DMZ in Paju, approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Insadong, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and make a trip to Seoul City Hall.

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You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sokcho in May: highs in Seoul hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

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Cheonggyecheon Stream
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace

6
days
Jeju, Jeju Island

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hallim Park and Gwaneumsa Temple. Get in touch with nature at Hamdeok Beach and Manjanggul Cave. When in Jeju, make a side trip to see Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallasan National Park, hike along Jeju Olle Trail Routes, see the interesting displays at Haenyeo Museum, and stroll through Hallasan Seongpanak.

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You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in June, expect nights in Jeju to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. You will leave for home on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Jeju

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Jeju Olle Trail Routes, Seongsan Ilchulbong
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Hamdeok Beach
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong

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