11 days in South Korea Itinerary

11 days in South Korea Itinerary

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11 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
train + bus + Fly:  20​h
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Busan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Seoul
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: San Francisco


4
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Hyeopjae Beach and Seongeup Folk Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Jeongbang Waterfall and Hallim Park. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Jungmun-Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff & Cheonjiyeon Falls). There's lots more to do: stroll through Hamdeok Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest, and admire all the interesting features of Jeju Mysterious Road.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju tour planner.

San Francisco, USA to Jeju is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Jeju, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in February, with highs in Jeju at 47°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Jeongbang Waterfall ©
Jeongbang Waterfall
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, and then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach. On the next day, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Oryukdo Skywalk, get great views at Taejongdae, then make a trip to BIFF Square, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Busan custom trip 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 (46°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Spas & Wellness

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Insadong, take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, explore the historical opulence of Deoksugung, and brush up on your military savvy at War Memorial of Korea.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seoul holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Busan in March, Seoul is slightly colder at night with lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong

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