46 days in South Korea Itinerary

46 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 10 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Busan — 5 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Busan: Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Seopilang Gongwon (in Tongyeong). There's lots more to do: get outside with Haeundae Beach, stroll around Yongdusan Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Busan road trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Busan is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in July; daily highs in Busan reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Daewangam Park (in Ulsan), Yeongildae Beach (in Pohang) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the long history of Donghwasa, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and hunt for treasures at Seomun Market.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in August, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 5 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Buyeo-gun (Gungnamji Pond, Busosanseong Fortress, &more), Beopjusa Temple (in Boeun-gun) and Cheongnamdae (in Cheongju). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, look and learn at Daejeon Observatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwanchoksa Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at Spavis.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Daejeon trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Gyeongju to Daejeon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in August: highs in Daejeon hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 5 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Get out of town with these interesting Gwangju side-trips: Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple), Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun) and Songgwangsa Temple (in Suncheon). The adventure continues: walk around Mudeungsan National Park, admire the natural beauty at Soswaewon Garden, examine the collection at Mokpo Natural History Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unjusa.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gwangju vacation maker.

Getting from Daejeon to Gwangju by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Daejeon in August, you will find days in Gwangju are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 10 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gasiri Wind Power Plant). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, get outside with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, and stroll around Sarabong Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Jeju online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Gwangju to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Pyeongchang-gun.
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Pyeongchang-gun — 4 nights

A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pyeongchang-gun: Danyang-gun (Aqua World & Guinsa Temple), Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangwonsa and steep yourself in history at Sosuseowon Confucian Academy.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pyeongchang-gun online visit planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Pyeongchang-gun in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Seorak Waterpia, get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sokcho trip planner.

Getting from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Pyeongchang-gun in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sokcho, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Pack the 11th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, wander the streets of Insadong, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Seoul day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) 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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