32 days in South Korea Itinerary

32 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 1 night
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Daejeon
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 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 Oedo Botania in Geoje--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, and make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Busan online tour planner.

Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland) to Busan is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Manzini to Busan, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): appreciate the history behind Seokguram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then explore the world behind art at Art Sonje Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, then explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Andong.
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Andong — 1 night

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Buyongdae, then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Andong trip maker tool.

Drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car 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: Buyeo National Museum (in Buyeo-gun), Sangdangsanseong Fortress (in Cheongju) and Songnisan National Park (in Boeun-gun). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, examine the collection at Currency Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Daejeon Observatory.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Daejeon online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Andong to Daejeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Andong in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Daejeon. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train 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 10th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll around Namsan Park, wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seoul travel route planner.

Take a train from Daejeon to Seoul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can 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.
On the 12th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Gugok Pokpo, step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and then see the interesting displays at Chuncheon Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chuncheon online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Chuncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In November, daytime highs in Chuncheon are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Hajodae (in Yangyang-gun). Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinheungsa Temple, and take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 and then get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Geumdunsa Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Suncheon travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Sokcho to Suncheon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Suncheon, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gasiri Wind Power Plant). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, head outdoors with Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jeju trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Suncheon to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can 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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