60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 9 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 10 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 6 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 5 nights
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Andong
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 6 nights
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Busan
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Seoul — 9 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 hidden gems such as Songdo Central Park and Changgyeonggung Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju), Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park (in Bucheon). Pack the 25th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower, browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, and steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seoul itinerary builder app.

Manchester, UK to Seoul is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Seoul, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in August, you will find days in Seoul are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are much warmer (27°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 10 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hyeopjae Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seopjikoji, &more). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Hamdeok Beach, kick back and relax at Sanho Beach, go deep with a submarine tour, and take a peaceful walk through Bijarim Forest.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jeju online trip maker.

Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 5 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mudeungsan National Park and Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun), Gochang-gun (Seonunsa Temple & Gochangeupseong Fortress) and Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun). Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Damyang Juknokwon, get engrossed in the history at Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, make a trip to Jeonju Hanok Village, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gwangju attractions planning tool.

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. Traveling from Jeju in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Gwangju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hyangiram Hermitage and Suncheon Bay Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Suncheon: Gurye-gun (Hwaeomsa Temple & Saseongam Temple 四聖庵). It doesn't end there: stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple.

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Getting from Gwangju to Suncheon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Suncheon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 6 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore hidden gems such as Gyeongpo Beach and Naksansa Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Gangneung (Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, Jeongdongjin Beach, &more), Yangyang-gun (Hajodae, Naksan Beach, &more) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gwongeumseong Fortress, visit a coastal fixture at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, and get outside with Ulsanbawi Rock.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Suncheon to Sokcho by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Suncheon in September, expect nights in Sokcho to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Pyeongchang-gun.
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Pyeongchang-gun — 5 nights

A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daegwanryeong Samyang Ranch and Guryongsa Temple. Explore Pyeongchang-gun's surroundings by going to Danyang-gun (Aqua World, Gosu Cave, &more), Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple, hit the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Pyeongchang-gun trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Pyeongchang-gun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sokcho in September, Pyeongchang-gun is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Weolyeonggyo Bridge and Andong Hahoe Folk Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian Academy) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Buyongdae, see the interesting displays at Andong Folk Museum, steep yourself in history at Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Andong trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Andong in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Andong, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daewangam Park and Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Daegu (Donghwasa & Gukchaebosang Memorial Park), Ulsan (Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove, Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, &more) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo, and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

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Traveling by car from Andong to Gyeongju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Busan.
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Busan — 9 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Beomeosa Temple. Step out of Busan to go to Geoje and see Oedo Botania, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park, stroll around Igidae Park, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Busan driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for the flight 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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