56 days in South Korea Itinerary

56 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 19 nights
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Jeonju
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Chuncheon
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 19 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hallasan and Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bangju Church and Gwandeokjeong Pavilion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Scuba & Snorkeling, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Haenyeo Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, explore the striking landscape at Yongduam Rock, and browse the different shops at Jeju Jungang Underground Shopping Center.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju road trip app.

Salt Lake City, USA to Jeju is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 16 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jeonju.
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Jeonju — 5 nights

If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeonggijeon Shrine and Gwanghallu Pavilion. Let the collections at Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall and Currency Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun), Gochang-gun (Seonunsa Temple, Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, &more) and Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun). There's still lots to do: walk around Damyang Juknokwon, make a trip to Jeonju Hanok Village, steep yourself in history at Namwon Confucian School, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naejangsa Temple.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jeonju online holiday maker.

Getting from Jeju to Jeonju by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In February in Jeonju, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Busan.
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Busan — 7 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to UN Memorial Cemetery and Gwangalli Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Songdo Beach and Songjeong Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Mireuksan Mountain (in Tongyeong). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, brush up on your military savvy at National Maritime Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, and shop like a local with Shinsegae Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Busan trip planner.

You can drive from Jeonju to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Jeonju in February: highs in Busan hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gyeongju National Museum and Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. Take a break from the city and head to Juwangsan National Park and Gyeongju Bird Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Daegu (Seomun Market & Donghwasa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Girimsa Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gyeongju day trip planning app.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in February, you will find days in Gyeongju are little chillier (41°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (39°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 5 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get outdoors at Gyeongpo Beach and Jeongdongjin Beach. Naksansa Temple and Baekdamsa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Gangneung (Daegwallyeong Museum & Ojukheon) and Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun). Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and get outside with Biryong Falls.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sokcho vacation planner.

You can fly from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Chuncheon.
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Chuncheon — 5 nights

The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cheongpyeongsa and Sangwonsa. Visiting Nami Island and Ewhawon will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chuncheon: The Garden of Morning Calm (in Gapyeong-gun) and Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, stop by Kim You-jeong House of Literature, and witness a stunning natural landmark at World Oncheon.

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Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seodaemun Prison History Hall and Gwanghwamun Gate. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Seoul day trip planning site.

Drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In March, daytime highs in Seoul are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly 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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