Korea is one of the most talked about countries in Asia. It’s not hard to see why. It has buzzling city charm, amazing landscape, captivating mountains, beautiful temples… There will never be short of reasons why travellers won’t love Korea. If you are short on time, understandably you will want to condense the best of Korea’s highlights into your trip. For that reason, this South Korea Itinerary 14 days is the perfect introduction to this fascinating country for first-time visitors.
South Korea Itinerary 14 days – Before You Trip
Average Budget for food & transportation: 5000-1,0000 Won/day
Necessities: Universal Plug
Language spoken: Korean. 90% of the signboards are in Korean, except for train stations. Best to learn the basic phrases.
Mode of transportation: Bus & Train. Korea is very accessible throughout, except for Jeju island. If you are going to Jeju, which I highly recommend, you can search the best deal on Rentalcars as it is one of the world’s biggest online car rental search engine. Alternatively, EconomyCarRental is a great platform too.
Buy Travel Insurance: I didn’t buy any travel insurance when I visited Taiwan and I got myself in big trouble in the end. Since then, I’ve learned a huge lesson to buy travel insurance every time I go overseas, no matter how far or how near it is. One great global insurance that’s very trustworthy and claims friendly is World Nomad.
Buy Data SIM: Once you get off your plane and before you hop onto to the train to the city, it’s important to get yourself a local SIM + Data card. We got ourselves an Unlimited Data 10-DAY SIM card from Link Korea at a cost of $35 USD. Unfortunately they don’t offer a 14-week plan, still, 10-day is good enough. This SIM is super useful as you will get to surf unlimited Internet at 4G speed throughout the trip.
South Korea Itinerary 14 days – One Week in Seoul
When it comes to Korea, Seoul makes the perfect start. The beautiful city has so much to offer, and your one week in Seoul will just fly past. Top attractions include Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm, Namsan Seoul Tower and other Seoul photography spots.
Make sure to try out the beautiful hanbok experience at Gyeongbokgung. Hanbok is one of the best experiences you can ever have in this metropolitan city enriched with history and culture.
If you enjoy hiking and don’t mind travelling out of Seoul, go to Seoraksan National Park. You can definitely find lots of outdoor activities to make it worthwhile for an extended stay.
For those who want to do a day-trip to Jeonju and Naejangsan National Park, you can follow KoreaTravelEasy for a day tour, and head back to Seoul the same day. Save the troubles of figuring out the transportation!
Check out my Best Korea Travel Guide and the Vlog to experience Korea with your own eyes. 🙂
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During your vacation in Seoul, the best place to stay will be either Myeongdong or Hongdea. These two places are the prime shopping and entertainment areas that never sleep. If you have a higher budget want to enjoy premier experience near Myeongdong, NINE TREE Premier Hotel Myeongdong 2 will be your cup of tea.
On the other hand, if you want to save more money on accommodation and stay near Hongdea, both DW Design Residence and Issue Seoul are very comfortable and clean guest houses that will satisfy your needs.
South Korea Itinerary 14 days – Three Days in Busan
After Seoul, it’s time to head to Busan. If you haven’t heard of Busan, this is South Korea’s second city, sitting on the south-eastern edge of the country’s main island. It’s the perfect mix of Seoul’s dynamic, vibrant city vibe and Jeju’s relaxing atmosphere and gorgeous coastal landscapes.
Must see places are Taejongdae, Gamcheon Cultural Village and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. You will simply be charmed by the vibrant blue of Busan!
If you are wondering which area to stay in Busan, Seomyeon is the one! As one of the busiest streets in Busan, Seomyeon is a district that never sleeps. It’s convenient, lively and most importantly, it’s very central!
And the best hotel in Seomyeon is none other than Arban Hotel. Located just 7 mins walk from Seomyeon subway station, the modern Arban Hotel offers the ultimate luxury and comfort at a smart budget. Isn’t the marble wall beautiful? :p
I also made a vlog for Busan. Check it out!
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South Korea Itinerary 14 days – Four Days in Jeju
No trip to Korea would be completed without stepping foot on Jeju Island, the paradise of South Korea. Just an hour flight from Seoul, Jeju is filled with jaw-dropping landscapes, amazing greenery and welcoming fresh air.
With so many awesome places, it would take at least 4 days to explore cover major attractions of the island. And the best way to explore Jeju is definitely doing self-drive. For your easy reference, I wrote a guide on complete Jeju self-drive itinerary, do check it out for the exact coordinates!
Make sure to visit Hallasan, Seongsan Ilchungbong (Sunrise Peak), Manjanggul Lava Cave, Gimnyeong Maze Park, Oedolgae and more!
Wanna see the beautiful Jeju? Watch the vlog now!
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We stayed at Check Inn Jeju Hotel for 3 nights. Only around 15 mins drive from the airport, the hotel is centrally located. So it will serve as a great base to explore around Jeju during your trip.
Here’s the South Korea Itinerary in 14 days. Hope you find it helpful and enjoy your trip to Korea!