40 days in South Korea Itinerary

40 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea vacation planner
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
Fly to Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513), Drive to Gongju
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Gongju
— 4 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Busan — 6 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get some cultural insight at Haedong Yonggungsa and Trick Eye Museum. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Busan is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Busan, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Busan when traveling from Tel Aviv in May, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 5 nights

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Ulsan Grand Park (in Ulsan) and Daegu (Gukchaebosang Memorial Park & Seomun Market). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Busan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 5 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Naksansa Temple and Sinheungsa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Jeongdongjin Beach in Gangneung (about 2 hours away). Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, hunt for treasures at Sokcho Central Market, make a trip to Daepo Port, and contemplate the long history of Gwongeumseong Fortress.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sokcho trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 and Seonamsa Temple. Step out of Suncheon to go to Yeosu and see Odongdo, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, and make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Suncheon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sokcho to Suncheon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Suncheon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 8 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at O’sulloc Tea Museum and Black Pork Street. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Hamdeok Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, don't miss a visit to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road), and take in the history at Seongeup Folk Village.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju online attractions planner.

Fly from Suncheon to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Gongju.
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Gongju — 4 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. Get some cultural insight at Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress and Busosanseong Fortress. Venture out of the city with trips to Buyeo-gun (Buyeo National Museum & Buyeo Jeongnimsaji Temple). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple, see the interesting displays at Gongju National Museum, and steep yourself in history at Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gongju trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jeju to Gongju. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.
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Seoul — 8 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Insadong, explore the world behind art at Leeum Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul online trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gongju to Seoul. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the flight 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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