60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 16 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Gwangju
— 4 nights
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Daejeon
— 6 nights
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Andong
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 16 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 (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). Spend the 1st (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Sehwa Beach, get outside with Hyeopjae Beach, and go deep with a submarine tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju online road 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 3 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 Suncheon's surroundings by going to Odongdo (in Yeosu), Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun) and Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple and don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Suncheon online journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Suncheon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Jeju in September, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Suncheon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 4 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Venture out of the city with trips to Jeonju Hanok Village (in Jeonju), Gochang-gun (Seonunsa Temple & Gochangeupseong Fortress) and Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun). There's still lots to do: walk around Mudeungsan National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unjusa, and get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Gwangju online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Suncheon to Gwangju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Gwangju, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 6 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Change things up with these side-trips from Daejeon: Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun), Gongju (Gapsa temple & Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress) and Songnisan National Park (in Boeun-gun). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, have fun and explore at Cheongju National Museum, and take in the views from Expo Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Daejeon visit planner.

Getting from Gwangju to Daejeon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gwangju in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Daejeon, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian Academy). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Andong Hahoe Folk Village, examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum, make a trip to Guinsa Temple, and Head underground at Gosu Cave.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Andong tour planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough 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.
Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Daegu (Donghwasa & Gukchaebosang Memorial Park), Ulsan (Daewangam Park, Boksoondoga, &more) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

Make your Gyeongju itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Andong to Gyeongju by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 29th (Thu) early enough to 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 these side-trips from Busan: Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Ottchil Artworks of Korea (in Tongyeong). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and get engrossed in the history at Bokcheon Museum.

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You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sokcho: Gangneung (Gyeongpodae, Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, &more), Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa Temple, enjoy the sea views from Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sokcho trip itinerary planning app.

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 October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sokcho: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. The adventure continues: make a trip to N Seoul Tower, take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough 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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