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
— 9 nights
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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.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Ttarabi Oreum). Spend the 29th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Woljeongri Beach, get great views at Udo Island Lighthouse Park, and kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jeju planner.

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 photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buyeo-gun road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Buyeo-gun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, train, and bus. In November in Buyeo-gun, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naesosa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaeamsa Temple. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Eunpa Lake Park.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buan-gun holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buyeo-gun to Buan-gun. In December, daily temperatures in Buan-gun can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 5 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Venture out of the city with trips to Naejangsan National Park (in Sunchang-gun), Gochang-gun (Seonunsa Temple & Gochangeupseong Fortress) and Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, make a trip to Jeonju Hanok Village, and take in nature's colorful creations at Soswaewon Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gwangju tour itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Buan-gun to Gwangju with the Route module. When traveling from Buan-gun in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gwangju: temperatures range from 1°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Suncheon: Jinjuseong (in Jinju), Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple) and Namhae-gun (Boriam Temple & Imjinseong Fortress). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Gwanghallu Pavilion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songgwangsa Temple, don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set, and stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Suncheon travel route website.

Getting from Gwangju to Suncheon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Suncheon are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Sebyeonggwan Hall (in Tongyeong). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, stroll through Yongdusan Park, and snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Busan itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Suncheon to Busan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Suncheon in December, you will find days in Busan are somewhat warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden (in Ulsan), Daegu (Donghwasa, Seomun Market, &more) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, get great views at Columnar Jointing Observation Deck, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and explore the activities along Bomun Lake.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip planner.

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 a bit cooler days in Gyeongju, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Donghae.
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Donghae — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Mureung Valley, then explore the fascinating underground world of Hwanseongul Cave, and then don't miss a visit to Donghae City Suhyup Seafood Distribution Center. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Chuam Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Cheongok Cave, and then kick back and relax at Mangsang Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Donghae trip site.

Explore your travel options from Gyeongju to Donghae with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough 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 Sokcho's surroundings by going to Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley, Naksansa Temple, &more). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, cool off at Seorak Waterpia, and admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Donghae to Sokcho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough 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.
Explore Chuncheon's surroundings by going to Sutasa Temple (in Hongcheon-gun) and Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon (in Pocheon). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Nami Island, admire the sheer force of Gugok Pokpo, find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park, and take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Chuncheon tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, about 1h 25 min away. Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary builder tool.

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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