57 days in South Korea Itinerary

57 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea vacation planner
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Chuncheon
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Andong
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Suncheon
— 5 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Korean Folk Village (in Yongin) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, walk around Haneul Park, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul holiday planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Seoul. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect nights in Seoul to be somewhat warmer, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chuncheon: Sutasa Temple (in Hongcheon-gun) and Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War (in Gapyeong-gun). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Nami Island, take an in-depth tour of Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War, take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chuncheon holiday planning app.

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Chuncheon when traveling from Seoul in October, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 5 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: Gangneung (Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, Jeongdongjin Beach, &more), Inje-gun (Bangtaesan Recreational Forest & Baekdamsa Temple) and Hajodae (in Yangyang-gun). Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Yukdam Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and head outdoors with Biryong Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sokcho trip maker site.

Drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chuncheon in October since evenings lows in Sokcho dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Andong.
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Andong — 5 nights

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Venture out of the city with trips to Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (in Mungyeong). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, contemplate the long history of Sosuseowon Confucian Academy, Head underground at Gosu Cave, and examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Andong journey planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Andong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Andong are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Jeju.
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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 (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Sangumburi Crater, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, and walk around Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip builder app.

Getting from Andong to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Andong in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Jeju, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 5 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), Gwanghallu Pavilion (in Namwon) and Jinjuseong (in Jinju). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, make a trip to Boriam Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, and step into the grandiose world of Imjinseong Fortress.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Suncheon visit planning website.

You can fly from Jeju to Suncheon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 5 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Gwangju: Mokpo Natural History Museum (in Mokpo), Naejangsa Temple (in Jeongeup) and Jeonju (Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall & Jeonju Hanok Village). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naesosa Temple, explore the ancient world of Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, explore the historical opulence of Gochangeupseong Fortress, and explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gwangju online travel planner.

You can drive from Suncheon to Gwangju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, Gwangju is a bit warmer than Suncheon - with highs of 11°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daejeon: Gongju (Magoksa Temple, Gongju National Museum, &more), Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan) and Gagwonsa Temple (in Cheonan). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Songnisan National Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Buyeo National Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, steep yourself in history at Sangdangsanseong Fortress, and pause for some serene contemplation at Daeheungdong Catholic Church.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Daejeon online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Gwangju to Daejeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gwangju in November, Daejeon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train 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 out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon), Daegu (Heeum - Museum of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, Donghwasa, &more) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju driving holiday website.

Traveling by train from Daejeon to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Daejeon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Busan day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in November, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) 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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