40 days in South Korea Itinerary

40 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Suncheon
— 4 nights
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Boseong-gun
— 1 night
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Gongju
— 3 nights
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Andong
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Busan
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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.
When in Seoul, make a side trip to see DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, approximately Paju away. Pack the 27th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in panoramic vistas at N Seoul Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Seoul tour itinerary planning site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Seoul when traveling from Tel Aviv in May, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 4 nights

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

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sokcho tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, stroll around Hallim Park, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Sokcho to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suncheon: Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple), Boriam Temple (in Namhae-gun) and Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set, and get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village.

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Fly from Jeju to Suncheon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Boseong-gun.
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Boseong-gun — 1 night

On the 14th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Hwalseong Sanseong Sanlim Yokjang and then take a peaceful walk through Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Boseong-gun trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Suncheon to Boseong-gun. Traveling from Suncheon in June, expect Boseong-gun to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gongju.
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Gongju — 3 nights

Gongju, also spelt Kongju, is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea.HistoryGongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. Venture out of the city with trips to Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan) and Buyeo-gun (Nakhwaam Rock & Busosanseong Fortress). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress and take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Gongju trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Boseong-gun to Gongju. When traveling from Boseong-gun in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Gongju, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel 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: Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun) and Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Andong trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gongju to Andong. While traveling from Gongju, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Andong, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 4 nights

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Daegu (Seomun Market & Donghwasa), Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan) and Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon). 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Andong to Gyeongju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Busan.
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Busan — 6 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. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, stroll through Gwangalli Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan day trip app.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. You will leave for home on the 30th (Thu).
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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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