28 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Gongju
— 1 night
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
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Gwangju
— 2 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights

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Gongju — 1 night

Gongju, also spelt Kongju, is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea.HistoryGongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Busosanseong Fortress, see the interesting displays at Buyeo National Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of SeokJangNi Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, then see the interesting displays at Gongju National Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gongju travel route planner.

Seoul to Gongju is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In November, daily temperatures in Gongju can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Gasiri Wind Power Plant & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 18th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, head off the coast to Udo, get outside with Jeju Olle Trail Routes, and let the kids burn off some steam at 9.81 Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jeju tour itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Gongju to Jeju with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 2 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Uijae Museum of Korean Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at Soswaewon Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Unjusa. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gwangju tour itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Jeju to Gwangju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Gwangju can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 2 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saseongam Temple 四聖庵, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set, admire the natural beauty at Suncheon Bay Garden, and then stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Suncheon trip planner.

You can drive from Gwangju to Suncheon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Gwangju in November, with highs in Suncheon at 7°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Busan.
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Busan — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

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You can drive from Suncheon to Busan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Suncheon in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 3 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Daegu (Donghwasa & Seomun Market). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju online trip maker.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then appreciate the views at Osaek Jujeongol Valley, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Naksansa Temple. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sokcho road trip planning app.

You can fly from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.
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Chuncheon — 2 nights

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 6th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Gugok Pokpo, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at World Oncheon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and then examine the collection at Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chuncheon trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 6 nights

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.
Pack the 12th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and take a stroll through Insadong.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In December, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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