33 days in South Korea Itinerary

33 days in South Korea Itinerary

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33 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Balikpapan
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Seoul
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Busan
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Seoul
— 9 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: London

12
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.
Get outdoors at Bukhansan National Park and Masian Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Seoul Museum of History. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Mulhyanggi Arboretum (in Osan), Ewhawon (in Gapyeong-gun) and Incheon (Dongmak Beach & Incheon Nabi Park). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, wander the streets of Insadong, appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace, and see the interesting displays at Grevin Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul online vacation planner .

Balikpapan, Indonesia to Seoul is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Balikpapan to Seoul. Traveling from Balikpapan in June, things will get slightly colder in Seoul: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Incheon, Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, Singu Daehak Arboretum, DMZ Haemaru Village, Ewhawon
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

6
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Head to Jagalchi Market and Gallery 604for some retail therapy. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gwangalli Beach and Haeundae Beach. Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Tongdosa Temple (in Yangsan), Gyeongju (Gyeongju Historic Area & Gyeongju Bird Park) and Changwon (Paryongsan Doltab, Yeojwacheon Stream, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Songdo Beach, contemplate the long history of Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun, identify plant and animal life at Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dadaepo Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan online travel route builder .

Getting from Seoul to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Changwon, Gyeongju, Gimhae, Tongdosa Temple, Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden
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Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get outdoors at Hallasan Seongpanak and Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Woljeongri Beach and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Geomunoreum, stroll around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulsari Tapsa Temple, and take a peaceful walk through Halla Mountain.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju driving holiday app .

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Hallasan Seongpanak
Hallasan Seongpanak
Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Woljeongri Beach ©
Woljeongri Beach

9
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
Step out of the city life by going to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Eurwangni Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Korean Folk Village and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Suwon (Hwahongmun Gate & Janganmun Gate), Hyeonchungsa Shrine (in Asan) and Icheon Termeden (in Icheon). Enjoy Seoul some more: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch), steep yourself in history at Jongmyo Shrine, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, and enjoy breathtaking views from Lotte World Tower & Mall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner .

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Suwon, Eurwangni Beach, Icheon Termeden, Hyeonchungsa Shrine, Korean Folk Village
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Leeum Samsung Museum of Art ©
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art
National Palace Museum of Korea ©
National Palace Museum of Korea
3D Black Art Museum ©
3D Black Art Museum

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