60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 9 nights
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Suncheon
— 5 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Daejeon
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Andong
— 5 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 9 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, head outdoors with Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, and head off the coast to Udo.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Jeju itinerary planner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Jeju is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Jeju is 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Suncheon: Gurye-gun (Hwaeomsa Temple & Saseongam Temple 四聖庵), Odongdo (in Yeosu) and Boriam Temple (in Namhae-gun). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, contemplate the long history of Jinjuseong, stroll through Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon, and get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Suncheon travel route site.

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. In August in Suncheon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 5 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gwangju: Jeonju Hanok Village (in Jeonju), Gochang-gun (Seonunsa Temple & Gochangeupseong Fortress) and Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naejangsa Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Soswaewon Garden, and see the interesting displays at Mokpo Natural History Museum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gwangju road trip planner.

Drive from Suncheon to Gwangju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Gwangju are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Daejeon: Cheongnamdae (in Cheongju), Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun) and Gongju (Gapsa temple & Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress). Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Songnisan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Currency Museum, take in the views from Expo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beopjusa Temple, and take in the exciting artwork at Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read Daejeon trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Gwangju to Daejeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gwangju in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Daejeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a train 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.
Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Yangsan Tower (in Yangsan), Ottchil Artworks of Korea (in Tongyeong) and Oedo Botania (in Geoje). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and get outside with Gwangalli Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Busan trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Daejeon to Busan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Daejeon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Daegu (Donghwasa & Gukchaebosang Memorial Park), Ulsan (Boksoondoga, Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, &more) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip planner.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in September, you will find days in Gyeongju are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) 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.
Explore Andong's surroundings by going to Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian Academy). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Andong Hahoe Folk Village, snap pictures at Weolyeonggyo Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park, and examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Andong trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Andong are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pyeongchang-gun.
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Pyeongchang-gun — 4 nights

A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pyeongchang-gun: Danyang-gun (Aqua World, Gosu Cave, &more) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa Temple, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, explore the galleries of Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall, and fly down the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pyeongchang-gun trip planner.

Drive from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Andong, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Pyeongchang-gun, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) 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.
Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Gangneung (Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, Gyeongpodae, &more), Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and visit a coastal fixture at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Sokcho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October in Sokcho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) 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.
Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and Incheon (Incheon Bridge, Songdo Central Park, &more). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at N Seoul Tower, walk around Namsan Park, don't miss a visit to Jongmyo Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul visit planner.

Getting from Sokcho to Seoul by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. October in Seoul sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (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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