51 days in South Korea Itinerary

51 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Buyeo-gun
— 3 nights
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Buan-gun
— 2 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Suncheon
— 4 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Donghae
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Chuncheon
— 3 nights
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Seoul
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gasiri Wind Power Plant). Spend the 27th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, trek along Saryeoni Forest Path, and get outside with Hamdeok Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju route maker app.

Brisbane, Australia to Jeju is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Jeju, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Buyeo-gun.
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Buyeo-gun — 3 nights

Explore Buyeo-gun's surroundings by going to Gongju (Magoksa Temple, Gapsa temple, &more).

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Buyeo-gun trip planner.

Getting from Jeju to Buyeo-gun by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, train, and bus. November in Buyeo-gun sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buan-gun.
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Buan-gun — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Byeonsanbando National Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naesosa Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaeamsa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Eunpa Lake Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Buan-gun road trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Buyeo-gun to Buan-gun with the Route module. December in Buan-gun sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel 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: Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun), Gochang-gun (Seonunsa Temple & Gochangeupseong Fortress) and Naejangsan National Park (in Sunchang-gun). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Mudeungsan National Park, take an in-depth tour of Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, and explore the striking landscape at Moak Mountain.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gwangju online trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Buan-gun to Gwangju with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Buan-gun in December: highs in Gwangju hover around 1°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 4 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

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), Jinjuseong (in Jinju) and Namhae-gun (Boriam Temple & Imjinseong Fortress). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Gwanghallu Pavilion, stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songgwangsa Temple.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Suncheon trip builder site.

You can drive from Gwangju to Suncheon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Suncheon, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Sebyeonggwan Hall (in Tongyeong). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, walk around Busan Citizens Park, and don't miss a visit to Yongdusan Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Busan travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Suncheon to Busan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Suncheon in December, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Cheongsong-gun (Juwangsan National Park & Jusanji Pond), Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden (in Ulsan) and Daegu (Donghwasa, Seomun Market, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in December, plan for little chillier days in Gyeongju, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Donghae.
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Donghae — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): appreciate the views at Mureung Valley, then Head underground at Hwanseongul Cave, and then make a trip to Donghae City Suhyup Seafood Distribution Center. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach, Head underground at Cheongok Cave, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mangsang Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Donghae online road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Gyeongju to Donghae with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley, Naksansa Temple, &more). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, make a splash at Seorak Waterpia, and kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sokcho trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Donghae to Sokcho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.
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Chuncheon — 3 nights

The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Venture out of the city with trips to Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon (in Pocheon) and Sutasa Temple (in Hongcheon-gun). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, witness a stunning natural landmark at World Oncheon, and get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chuncheon trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Sokcho to Chuncheon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 9 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.
Step out of Seoul with an excursion to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju--about 1h 25 min away. Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Seoul attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In January, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch 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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