40 days in Taiwan & South Korea Itinerary

40 days in Taiwan & South Korea Itinerary

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Taipei, Taiwan
— 6 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 11 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Donghae, South Korea
— 1 night
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Sokcho, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
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Taipei, Taiwan — 6 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
National Palace Museum and Houtong Coal-Mine Ecological Park will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Taipei 101 or Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli) and Nanzilin Trail (in Ruifang). Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Yangmingshan National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple, appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, indulge in some personalized pampering at Zhi Wu Chun Qiu Foot & Body Massage, and see some colorful creatures with MyTaiwanTour Travel Services.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Taipei online trip itinerary maker.

Halifax, Canada to Taipei is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Halifax to Taipei, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Halifax in June, with highs in Taipei at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, South Korea — 11 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.
Appreciate the collections at Jeju Folk Museum and Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jeju National Museum and Black Pork Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Hamdeok Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Taipei to Jeju by flight takes about 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Taipei to Jeju. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Busan.
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Busan, South Korea — 6 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village and Busan Museum. Get some historical perspective at Haedong Yonggungsa and Beomeosa Temple. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and get great views at Taejongdae.

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Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju, South Korea — 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram. Visit Donghwasa and Cheonmachong Tomb for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Seomun Market (in Daegu) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju travel planner.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Donghae.
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Donghae, South Korea — 1 night

On the 28th (Fri), get outside with Mangsang Beach, then admire the verdant scenery at Mureung Valley, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach.

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Sokcho, South Korea — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get a sense of the local culture at Naksansa Temple and Baekdamsa Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Seoraksan National Park and Ulsanbawi Rock. Venture out of the city with trips to Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksan Beach). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls and take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sokcho trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Sokcho with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 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.
You'll explore and learn at Gyeongbokgung Palace and The War Memorial of Korea. Get some cultural insight at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Bukchon Hanok Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, steep yourself in history at Deoksugung, and don't miss a visit to Jongmyo Shrine.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Seoul attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Seoul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Taiwan travel guide

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Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.
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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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