12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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12 days in South Korea Itinerary

Cape Town
Fly:  32​h
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Busan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Seoul
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
Cape Town

3
days
Jeju, Jeju Island

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Step out of Jeju to go to Seogwipo and see Seongsan Ilchulbong, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Hallasan National Park, hike along Jeju Olle Trail Routes, take in nature's colorful creations at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jeju itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Jeju is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Jeju. While traveling from Cape Town, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Jeju, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
days
Busan

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, sightseeing, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, make a trip to Seokbulsa, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Busan travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Jeju in March, you will find days in Busan are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach
Yongdusan Park
Haedong Yonggung Temple

3
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.
Seoul is known for historic sites, sightseeing, shopping, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul itinerary planner.

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Busan in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Seoul, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower

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