43 days in Busan & Gangwon-do Itinerary

43 days in Busan & Gangwon-do Itinerary

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Busan
— 22 nights
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Gangneung
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 6 nights
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Samcheok
— 4 nights
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Taebaek
— 3 nights
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Yeongwol-gun
— 1 night
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Wonju
— 2 nights
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Busan — 22 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Escape the urban bustle at Yeojwacheon Stream and Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden. You'll explore and learn at Tower Gallery and Trick Eye Museum. Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Yangsan (Tongdosa Seongbo Museum & Tongdosa Temple), Changwon (Junam Reservoir & Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road) and Gimhae (Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun, Gimhae National Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, hunt for treasures at Bujeon Market, see the interesting displays at Ulsan Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Dadaepo Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan trip itinerary site.

Moscow, Russia to Busan is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Moscow to Busan. When traveling from Moscow in March, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Busan: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Gangneung.
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Gangneung — 4 nights

A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Anmok Beach and Jeongdongjin Beach. You'll explore and learn at Ojukheon and Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum. Go for a jaunt from Gangneung to Pyeongchang-gun to see Woljeongsa Temple about 56 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Jumunjin Beach and contemplate the long history of Gangneung Seongyojang.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gangneung day trip planning site.

You can fly from Busan to Gangneung in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sokcho.
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Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Sokcho — 6 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Escape the urban bustle at Naksan Beach and Ulsanbawi Rock. Get some historical perspective at Naksansa Temple and Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Gwongeumseong Fortress, trek along Biseondae Rocks, see the interesting displays at Teddy Bear Farm, and get engrossed in the history at Sokcho City Museum & Displaced Civilians Folk Village.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sokcho online travel route builder.

Drive from Gangneung to Sokcho in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Samcheok.
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Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Samcheok — 4 nights

You've now added Samcheok Rose Park to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Chuam Beach and Samcheok Ocean Railbike. Step off the beaten path and head to Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock) and Cave Mystery Hall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Samcheok vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Sokcho to Samcheok with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Taebaek.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Taebaek — 3 nights

Taebaek is a city in Gangwon province, South Korea. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bul-Yeongsa and Buseoksa Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Gumunso and Taebaek Coal Museum. Step out of Taebaek with an excursion to Deokgu Spa World in Uljin-gun--about 1h 5 min away.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taebaek trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Samcheok to Taebaek. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yeongwol-gun.
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Yeongwol-gun — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Yeongwol Insectarium and then get to know the fascinating history of Cheonglyeongpo.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Yeongwol-gun trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Taebaek to Yeongwol-gun. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wonju.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Wonju — 2 nights

Wonju is the most populous city in Gangwon province, South Korea.Wonju is a city approximately east of Seoul and the capital can be reached within 1hr 20 minutes by bus or train. On the 30th (Sat), examine the collection at Park Kyongni Literature Park and then see the interesting displays at Museum SAN.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Wonju trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yeongwol-gun to Wonju. In April, daily temperatures in Wonju can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Gangwon-do travel guide

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Islands · National Parks · Beaches
Predominantly mountainous, the northernmost province of Gangwon-do offers a wide range of outdoor activities in natural scenery. A typical Gangwon-do itinerary includes scenic hikes through national parks dotted by Buddha statues and tall pagodas, plus relaxation on clean beaches in summer or excellent skiing in winter. Take a cable car to enjoy a view of the World Heritage-listed mountain biosphere, and tour the Demilitarized Zone to understand the magnitude of foreign-imposed division. Forests with edible alpine plants and mushrooms add unique flavors to Gangwon-do's cuisine, which also uses cuttlefish and pollock harvested from the long, steep coast.
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