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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hyeopjae Beach and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Jeju World Natural Heritage Center will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Teddy Bear Museum Jeju, Play Kpop, &more). Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Hallasan, delve into the lush surroundings at Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, stroll around Bijarim Forest, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Dongmun Market.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip maker tool.

Nashville, USA to Jeju is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Jeju is 15 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Damyang Juknokwon and Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gwanghallu Pavilion and Namwon Confucian School. Get out of town with these interesting Jeonju side-trips: Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun), Gochang-gun (Seonunsa Temple, Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, &more) and Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naejangsa Temple, make a trip to Jeonju Hanok Village, and see the interesting displays at Currency Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jeonju planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Jeju to Jeonju in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can 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 out of the city life by going to Songdo Beach and Haeundae Beach. Do your shopping at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village and Jagalchi Market. Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Mireuksan Mountain (in Tongyeong) and Oedo Botania (in Geoje). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at UN Memorial Cemetery, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, view the masterpieces at Shinsegae Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Busan trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Jeonju to Busan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Jeonju in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Busan, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongju National Museum and Gyeongju Historic Area. Explore hidden gems such as Cheonmachong Tomb and Donghwasa. Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Seomun Market (in Daegu) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Gwaereung Tomb, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju trip planner.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in February: highs in Gyeongju hover around 41°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 5 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Naksansa Temple and Baekdamsa Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Gyeongpo Beach and Jeongdongjin Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun) and Gangneung (Daegwallyeong Museum & Ojukheon). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, head outdoors with Biryong Falls, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sokcho driving holiday planner.

Fly from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ewhawon and Chuncheon Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gangchon Rail Park and World Oncheon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chuncheon: Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju), The Garden of Morning Calm (in Gapyeong-gun) and Sangwonsa (in Pyeongchang-gun). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, see the interesting displays at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum, admire the natural beauty at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, and stop by Kim You-jeong House of Literature.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon online attractions planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can 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.
You'll explore and learn at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Museum of Korea. Step off the beaten path and head to Gwanghwamun Gate and Jongmyo Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju (about 1h 25 min away). Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the striking features of Deoksugung, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongeunsa Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Jogyesa Temple.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In March in Seoul, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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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