South Korea Itinerary: Two Weeks In South Korea

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Amanda OBrien
Hi! I became a travel blogger a year ago after 15 years in big corporate marketing jobs. I now do a mix of digital marketing consulting and blogging - hoping to make it 100% blogging eventually! My blog is about luxury adventures in Emerging Destinations that end with a high thread count on your sheets. My key focus is emerging destinations - whether it is a country that has not been visited much or a lesser known part of a well known country. And lots of food and wine and fun! My site is https://theboutiqueadventurer.com and on facebook I am The Boutique Adventurer on IG @theboutiqueadventurer twitter @theboutiqueadv and Pinterest @theboutiqueadve.

Planning a trip to Korea? It is a fascinating country that is truly foreign. Here is my South Korea 2 week Itinerary that you can use to start planning yours!

Korea Itinerary Day One

Arrive Seoul South Korea

Stay at KY Heritage Hotel Dongdaemun

Seoul Itineraries Day Two

Day trip to DMZ Korea

Stay at KY Heritage Hotel Dongdaemun

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A soldier at the DMZ



Korea Trip Itinerary Day Three

Seoul

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Insadong
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Stay at KY Heritage Hotel Dongdaemun

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Gyeongbokgung Palace
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The amazing Dongdaemun Design Plaza

South Korea 2 Week Itinerary Day Four

Fly Seoul to Jeju Island South Korea

  • Loveland
  • Cheongjeyeon Waterfall
  • Saeyeongyo Bridge

Stay in Seogwipo Vistacay Hotel Cheonjiyeon

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Hmm the rather interesting Love Land on Jeju Island
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The lake leading up to Cheonjeyeun Waterfall
Korea Itinerary 14 Days – Day Five

Jeju Island

  • Lizard Island
  • Seongsan Ilchulbong
  • Sangumburi Crater
  • Manjanggul Cave

Stay in Seogwipo Vistacay Hotel Cheonjiyeon

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Some stunning vistas on JeJu Island
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Manjanggal Caves on Jeju Island

South Korea Itinerary 14 Days – Day Six

JeJu Island

Climb Mount Hallasan

Stay in Seogwipo Vistacay Hotel Cheonjiyeon

JeJu Itinerary Day Seven

JeJu Island

  • Lee Jung-Seop Gallery
  • Jeongbang Waterfall
  • Seogwipo Market

Stay in Seogwipo Vistacay Hotel Cheonjiyeon

2 Weeks in South Korea Day Eight

Fly to Daegu South Korea

  • City Bus Tour
  • Apsan Mountain Cable Car

Stay Novotel Ambassador Daegu

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The view over Daegu



Korea Itinerary Day Nine

Daegu

  • Suemon Market
  • Kim Kwang-Seok Street

Stay Novotel Ambassador Daegu

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Street art in Daegu
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Even the bikes are cute in the street art area of Daegu

Jeonju Day Ten

Day trip to Jeonju South Korea – bus from Daegu return

Stay Novotel Ambassador Daegu

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Super cute buildings in Jeonju
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The Hanok village in Jeonju

Daegu Day Eleven

Daegu

  • Racoon Café
  • Medicine Street

Stay Novotel Ambassador Daegu

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The Racoon Cafe in Daegu

South Korea 2 Week Itinerary – Day Twelve

Train from Daegu to Seoul

  • Seoul Sky Garden
  • Myeingseoum
  • Seoul Tower

Stay at KY Heritage Hotel Dongdaemun

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Seoul Tower

Seoul Itineraries Day Thirteen

Seoul

  • Seoul Wall
  • Ihwa Mural Village
  • Korean War Memorial

Stay at KY Heritage Hotel Dongdaemun

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Some friendly Street Art in Seoul
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Check out all the cats you might meet at the Cat Cafe in Seoul
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Walking the Walls over Seoul

Korea Itinerary Day Fourteen

Fly out of Seoul

Boutique Hotels in Korea

I have to say Korea was a challenging location when it came to finding good boutique hotels. There are a lot of hotels, of course, but the boutique trend has not really hit Korea hard outside of Seoul. Here is what I was able to find:

Boutique Hotels Seoul

-In Seoul, Glad Live is in the now famous Gangnam area. This is a stylish and sleek boutique hotel which starts at a very reasonable £66. Click here for prices and availability

-Also in Seoul is another Glad Hotel – Glad Hotel Yeouido. This one is in the high-rise part of Seoul and wonderfully describes itself as a poetic express in brick! Prices start at £70. Click here for prices and deals.

-The KY Heritage Hotel in Dongdaemun has an absolutely fantastic location right near the stunning Dongdaemun Design Centre. It is also very close to several full-on shopping centres with lots of interesting food places. It is quite stylish and importantly has friendly staff who can speak English! Click here for availability and prices.

-the IP Boutique hotel is under Namsan Mountain and has a strong design aesthetic. Lots of glass outside and they love some strong colors inside and out. Prices start at £70. Click here for dates and prices.

-Down the road from the KY Heritage Hotel is the JW Marriott. I am not normally a Marriott person as it doesn’t meet my usual boutique standards but they had a roof top bar and white wine by the glass and that was more than enough to get my custom in Seoul!! It did seem like a good place to stay – nice hotel and lots of good food options. Prices start at £260. Click here for dates and prices.

-If you want to go very upmarket the lovely Banyan Tree has a hotel and spa in the former Tower Hotel building. Each guestroom is inspired by the four seasons of the year and the five oriental elements: water, fire, metal, wood and earth. Prices from £240.  Click here for dates and prices.

Boutique Hotels JeJu Island

Jeju Island is a slightly odd place. The coastline is stunning as is the climb up Mt Hallasan. But the cities of JeJu and Seogwipo feel industrial rather than resort like! Anyway here are a few options:

-In Seogwipo is the Vistacay Hotel Cheonjiyeon. I did visit this hotel in its opening month and was unimpressed with the service and very very small towels. However, apparently the big towels were on order and the staff were trying. The rooms were quite nice. There is a pool – although it was yet to open when we visited. The highlight was the downstairs bar which did have wine – the key thing I was always looking for in Korea. Prices from £40 Click here for prices and availability.

-For a more upmarket option check out the Hyatt Regency Jeju which is on a sloping cliff overlooking the ocean. They even have a white wedding chapel which has featured on Korean TV! Rooms start at £167. Click here for prices and availability.

-the Lotte brand seems to have entered many different categories in Korea – including hotels! The Lotte Hotel JeJu features a windmill with a café and an inhouse casino that is open 365 days a year! Their indoor spa and garden is the largest in JeJu and they have a volcano fountain show that kicks off every night at 830pm! Rooms from £143 a night. Click here for prices and availability.

-finally the Villa de Aewol is a lower cost option near the airport. It does have a 25 metre swimming pool, spa and on site golf and a chic style. Rooms from £51. Click here for prices and availability.

Daegu Hotels

OK I have to admit it – I could not find a boutique hotel in Daegu. I am ashamed. I did really search. However, I did go to Daegu and I did need to sleep. I stayed at the Novotel – again not somewhere I normally stay. Absolutely fine but I would always prefer somewhere with more of a local flavor. However, Korea is not the easiest country to get around and I must confess I was so happy to see the Novotel and I loved being somewhere that was nicely done with friendly English speaking staff and a great set up. The location is brilliant – centre of Daegu – and honestly this is the place to stay in Daegu. Prices start at £100 .  Click here for prices and availability.

Flights to Korea:

Seoul is the usual port of arrival for most into Korea – Check out Cheap Flights to Seoul here. Or have a look at my favourite middle eastern airlines – particularly if you want to travel business class- Qatar Airways South Korea and Etihad Airways South Korea.

For flights from Seoul to Jeju Click here for prices and dates.

And for flights to Daegu Click here for prices and deals

If you are after some South Korean Won before you head off and live in the UK Click here for some Great Deals on Travel Money  And don’t leave without getting some travel insurance – Click here for a great deal on Travel Insurance

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Amanda OBrien

Amanda OBrien

Hi! I became a travel blogger a year ago after 15 years in big corporate marketing jobs. I now do a mix of digital marketing consulting and blogging - hoping to make it 100% blogging eventually! My blog is about luxury adventures in Emerging Destinations that end with a high thread count on your sheets. My key focus is emerging destinations - whether it is a country that has not been visited much or a lesser known part of a well known country. And lots of food and wine and fun! My site is https://theboutiqueadventurer.com and on facebook I am The Boutique Adventurer on IG @theboutiqueadventurer twitter @theboutiqueadv and Pinterest @theboutiqueadve.

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