60 days in South Korea & Colombo Itinerary

60 days in South Korea & Colombo Itinerary

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Jeju, South Korea
— 11 nights
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Gwangju, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Daejeon, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Andong, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Sokcho, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 8 nights
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 11 nights

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Jeju, South Korea — 11 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 find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). Spend the 24th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, get outside with Gwakji Gwamul Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, and let the kids burn off some steam at 9.81 Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip planner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Jeju is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Colombo to Jeju, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Gwangju.
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Gwangju, South Korea — 4 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gwangju: Gochangeupseong Fortress (in Gochang-gun), Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun) and Suncheon (Seonamsa Temple & Songgwangsa Temple). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Mudeungsan National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gwangju travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Gwangju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gwangju when traveling from Jeju in September, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Daejeon.
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Daejeon, South Korea — 6 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Boeun-gun (Songnisan National Park & Beopjusa Temple), Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun) and Gongju (Gapsa temple, Magoksa Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, contemplate the long history of Cheongnamdae, and stroll around Ppuri Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Daejeon trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Gwangju to Daejeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Daejeon when traveling from Gwangju in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Andong.
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Andong, South Korea — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Andong: Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Gosu Cave (in Danyang-gun) and Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buseoksa Temple, and steep yourself in history at Byeongsan Seowon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Andong trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Daejeon to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Andong are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju, South Korea — 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Daegu (Donghwasa & Gukchaebosang Memorial Park), Ulsan (Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove, Boksoondoga, &more) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Namsan Mountain.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju travel route planner.

You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Busan.
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Busan, South Korea — 6 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step out of Busan to go to Geoje and see Oedo Botania, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, and snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in September, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Sokcho.
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Sokcho, South Korea — 4 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Gangneung (Gyeongpodae & Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum), Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple, enjoy the sea views from Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

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Traveling by flight from Busan to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Busan in September, plan for slightly colder days in Sokcho, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: get great views at N Seoul Tower, make a trip to Insadong, stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul attractions planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Colombo.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka — 11 nights

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach) and Negombo (St. Anne's Church, Negombo Beach, &more). Spend the 16th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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You can fly from Seoul to Colombo in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Seoul to Colombo, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seoul in October, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Colombo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel 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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