31 days in South Korea Itinerary

31 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Cheongju
— 2 nights
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Icheon
— 1 night
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Donghae
— 1 night
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Gangneung
— 3 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daegu (Heeum - Museum of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, Seomun Market, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gyeongju vacation builder.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Gyeongju is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Jakarta in March, expect Gyeongju to be colder, temps between 5°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:

Busan — 5 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: get outside with Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Busan Gamcheon Culture Village.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Busan online itinerary planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Jeju.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 11:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, walk around Hallim Park, get outside with Woljeongri Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Jeju online journey planner.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Cheongju.
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Find places to stay Mar 11 — 17:

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 18th (Sat), examine the collection at Cheongju Early Printing Museum, steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, and then walk around Samil Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Suamgol Observatory, take in the pleasant sights at Sangdangsanseong Fortress, and then take an in-depth tour of Cheongju National Museum.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cheongju online tour itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Jeju to Cheongju with the Route module. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Icheon.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Icheon — 1 night

On the 20th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with Sempio Space, cool off at Icheon Termeden, and then take a stroll through Icheon Ceramics Village.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Icheon day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cheongju to Icheon. In March, daily temperatures in Icheon can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Donghae.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:

Donghae — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach, appreciate the views at Mureung Valley, and then kick back and relax at Mangsang Beach.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Donghae day trip app.

Explore your travel options from Icheon to Donghae with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gangneung.
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Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple & Hajodae). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Jeongdongjin Beach, get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, walk around Tongil Park (Unification Park), and visit a coastal fixture at Jumunjin Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gangneung tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Gangneung with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chuncheon.
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Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): wander the streets of Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, and then see the interesting displays at Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then stroll around Kalbongsan Recreational Forest.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon visit planning app.

You can drive from Gangneung to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Seoul.
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Seoul — 7 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.
Seoul is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Insadong, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. March in Seoul sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Mar 26 — Apr 2:

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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