36 days in South Korea Itinerary

36 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea sightseeing planner
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Seoul
— 4 nights
Fly
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Yeosu
— 8 nights
Bus
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Gwangju
— 3 nights
Drive
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Boseong-gun
— 1 night
Drive
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Gwangju
— 2 nights
Bus
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Busan
— 2 nights
Bus
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Gyeongju
— 1 day
Bus
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Busan
— 2 nights
Fly
9
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly
10
Seoul
— 6 nights
Drive
11
Danyang-gun
— 1 day
Drive
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Incheon
— 1 night
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Seoul — 4 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 shopping, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Changgyeonggung Palace, walk around Yeouido Hangang Park, and see the interesting displays at Love Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Seoul attractions planning website.

Mexico City, Mexico to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Seoul, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in July: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 34°C and lows are around 27°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yeosu.
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Yeosu — 8 nights

A serene port city midway along South Korea's south coast, Yeosu offers a waterfront of marinas, seafood, and scenic island views.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jinjuseong (in Jinju), Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple) and Boriam Temple (in Namhae-gun). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Odongdo, grab your bike and head to Yeosu Ocean Rail Bike, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aqua Planet Yeosu, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Yeosu Fish Market.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yeosu day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Yeosu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Seoul, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Yeosu, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 3 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park.

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Traveling by car from Yeosu to Gwangju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Boseong-gun.
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Boseong-gun — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon and then kick back and relax at Yulpo Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Boseong-gun tour planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gwangju to Boseong-gun. July in Boseong-gun sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gwangju National Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of 1913 Songjeong Station Market.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gwangju online travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Boseong-gun to Gwangju with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Busan.
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Busan — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Gukje Market and then admire the masterpieces at Busan Museum of Art. On the next day, walk around Dongbaekseom, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Busan trip planner.

Getting from Gwangju to Busan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Gwangju, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 1 day

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 21st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip builder app.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. July in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Busan.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

Busan — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to BIFF Square, then walk around Yongdusan Park, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and finally kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach and then see the interesting displays at Trick Eye Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 5 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). Spend the 28th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach, walk around Hallim Park, and head off the coast to Udo.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju road trip planning site.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul — 6 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Hongik University Street, Gwanghwamun Gate and Namdaemun Market.

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You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You will leave for Danyang-gun on the 3rd (Wed).
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Danyang-gun — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Guinsa Temple and then Head underground at Gosu Cave.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Danyang-gun using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Danyang-gun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Incheon.
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Incheon — 1 night

The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
On the 4th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Sinpo International Market.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Incheon day trip app.

Getting from Danyang-gun to Incheon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and subway. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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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