18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

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18 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Busan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Sokcho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Paju
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
7
Seoul
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & O’sulloc Tea Museum). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, and browse the exhibits of Hallim Park.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Jeju online travel planner .

Toronto, Canada to Jeju is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Jeju, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Jeju, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Haeundae Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Busan trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Jeju in September since evenings lows in Busan dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Busan in September, plan for slightly colder days in Gyeongju, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

2
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 24th (Thu), hike along Ulsanbawi Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Sokcho Jungang Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple, then take a stroll through Abai Village, and finally take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sokcho tour app .

You can drive from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September in Sokcho, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Naksansa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

1
night
Chuncheon

Chuncheon ©
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 26th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then wander the streets of Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Chuncheon trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Sokcho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chuncheon, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paju.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Jade Garden Natural Arboretum ©
Jade Garden Natural Arboretum
Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street ©

2
nights
Paju

Paju ©
Northwest of the capital, Paju has become known for its cultural attractions, history, and proximity to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll around Unjeong Lake Park and then contemplate the long history of DMZ Haemaru Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of The Third Tunnel, stroll around Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ilsan Lake Park.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paju tour planner.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Paju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or take a subway. Traveling from Chuncheon in September, expect nights in Paju to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Paju

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ilsan Lake Park
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village
Ilsan Lake Park ©
Ilsan Lake Park
The Third Tunnel ©
The Third Tunnel

4
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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, stop by Insadong, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find maps, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Paju to Seoul takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Seoul are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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