32 days in South Korea Itinerary

32 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Suncheon
— 4 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Andong
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 6 nights

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 Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 13th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, and head off the coast to Udo.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Jeju visit planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Jeju is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Jeju, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun), Mudeungsan National Park (in Gwangju) and Gurye-gun (Hwaeomsa Temple & Saseongam Temple 四聖庵). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple and get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Suncheon trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Jeju to Suncheon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, daytime highs in Suncheon are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Busan.
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Busan — 5 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Take a break from Busan with a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje, about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, get great views at Taejongdae, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Busan online route maker.

You can drive from Suncheon to Busan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Suncheon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 3 nights

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: Ulsan (Ulsan Daegok Museum & Ulsan Petroglyph Museum). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

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Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in August, you will find days in Gyeongju are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Andong.
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Andong — 3 nights

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village and examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Andong attractions planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in August, you will find days in Andong are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple & Osaek Jujeongol Valley) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sokcho tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Andong to Sokcho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Step out of Seoul with an excursion to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju--about 1h 25 min away. Pack the 5th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seoul online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in Seoul, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to 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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