29 days in South Korea Itinerary

29 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Daejeon
— 3 nights
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Gwangju
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Gangneung
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Busan — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step out of Busan with an excursion to Sebyeonggwan Hall in Tongyeong--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take an in-depth tour of Bokcheon Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, and examine the collection at Busan Museum.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Busan trip builder tool.

London, UK to Busan is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Busan is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Gyeongju World, steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip tool.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in February, expect nights in Gyeongju to be somewhat warmer, around 4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 3 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Change things up with these side-trips from Daejeon: Cheongju (Cheongju National Museum & Cheongnamdae), Boeun-gun (Beopjusa Temple & Songnisan National Park) and Muryeong Wangreung Exhibition Hall (in Gongju). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath and snap pictures at Expo Bridge.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Daejeon day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Gyeongju to Daejeon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Daejeon, with lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 3 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Gwangju: Jeonju (Hakindang & Jeonju Hanok Village), Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun) and Songgwangsa Temple (in Suncheon). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Soswaewon Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Pungam Reservoir, see the interesting displays at Gwangju National Museum, and appreciate the history behind 5.18 Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gwangju route builder website.

You can drive from Daejeon to Gwangju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Daejeon in March, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Gwangju: temperatures range from 1°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gasiri Wind Power Plant). There's still lots to do: stroll around Sarabong Park, step off the mainland to explore Udo, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bangju Church.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju travel route planning site.

You can fly from Gwangju to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Gangneung.
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Gangneung — 3 nights

A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gangneung: Donghae (Mangsang Beach & Chuam Beach) and Naksansa Temple (in Yangyang-gun). Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, head outdoors with Jeongdongjin Beach, stroll around Tongil Park (Unification Park), and enjoy the sand and surf at Gyeongpo Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Gangneung itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Gangneung takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) 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 16th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and stop by Insadong.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

Drive from Gangneung to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Seoul, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly 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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