31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary planner

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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Cheongju
— 2 nights
Drive to Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513), Fly to Jeju
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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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 (Seomun Market, Donghwasa, &more) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Hyanggyo.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju road trip app.

Ulsan to Gyeongju is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In July in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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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 5th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War, then head off the coast to Nami Island, and then admire the natural beauty at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and then find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Gyeongju to Chuncheon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

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Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Gangneung (Gyeongpodae & Jeongdongjin Beach) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, make a splash at Seorak Waterpia, and explore the fascinating underground world of Geumganggul Cave.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho trip planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and wander the streets of Insadong.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Seoul driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Seoul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Seoul

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Cheongju

— 2 nights
Cheongju is the capital and largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea.HistoryCheongju has been an important provincial town since ancient times.During Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea, Cheongju was the site of the Battle of Chongju, during which the Korean forces re-took the city from the Japanese forces in an important early victory.The government of the province relocated here from Chungju in 1908.The opening of the Chungbuk-line in 1926 sparked regional development. On the 17th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Suamgol Observatory, then have fun and explore at Cheongju National Museum, then go for a walk through Sangdangsanseong Fortress, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Chungbuk Provincial Office. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Botapsa Temple, then examine the collection at Cheongju Early Printing Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Cheongnamdae.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Seoul to Cheongju. In July, daytime highs in Cheongju are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Cheongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 8 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, head outdoors with Woljeongri Beach, kick back and relax at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jeju sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cheongju to Jeju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, head outdoors with Songjeong Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Busan trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
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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.