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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Buyeo-gun
— 3 nights
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Buan-gun
— 4 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Suncheon
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Gyeongju
— 6 nights
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Donghae
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Chuncheon
— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach, step off the mainland to explore Udo, and delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip itinerary planning website.

Paris, France to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Buyeo-gun.
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Buyeo-gun — 3 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Buyeo-gun side-trips: Gongju (Magoksa Temple, Gongju National Museum, &more).

Planning Buyeo-gun trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can fly from Jeju to Buyeo-gun in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, train, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Buyeo-gun are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buan-gun.
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Buan-gun — 4 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buan-gun: Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan), Naejangsan National Park (in Sunchang-gun) and National Institute of Ecology (in Seocheon-gun).

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Buan-gun trip builder app.

Explore your travel options from Buyeo-gun to Buan-gun with the Route module. In December in Buan-gun, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 5 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Explore Gwangju's surroundings by going to Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun), Gochangeupseong Fortress (in Gochang-gun) and Jeonju (Jeonju Hanok Village & Moak Mountain). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Soswaewon Garden, and walk around Gwangjuho Lake Eco Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gwangju trip itinerary builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buan-gun to Gwangju. When traveling from Buan-gun in December, plan for little chillier days in Gwangju, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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 Suncheon's surroundings by going to Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple), Jinjuseong (in Jinju) and Boriam Temple (in Namhae-gun). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion, take in nature's colorful creations at Suncheon Bay Garden, stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, and delve into the lush surroundings at Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Suncheon driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Gwangju to Suncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Suncheon are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Sebyeonggwan Hall (in Tongyeong). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, and walk around Busan Citizens Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan online journey planner.

You can drive from Suncheon to Busan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Suncheon in December, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Cheongsong-gun (Juwangsan National Park & Jusanji Pond), Daegu (Daemyung Oil Reservoir, Seomun Market, &more) and Andong Folk Museum (in Andong). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, identify plant and animal life at Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden, and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in December: highs in Gyeongju hover around 3°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Donghae.
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Donghae — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get outside with Chuam Beach and then kick back and relax at Mangsang Beach. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Cheongok Cave, then admire the verdant scenery at Mureung Valley, and then Head underground at Hwanseongul Cave.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Donghae travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gyeongju to Donghae. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel 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 (Tongil Park (Unification Park), Jeongdongjin Beach, &more) and Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple, Osaek Jujeongol Valley, &more). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, make a splash at Seorak Waterpia, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, and trek along Ulsanbawi Rock.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sokcho online holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Donghae to Sokcho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chuncheon.
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Chuncheon — 4 nights

The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun), Pyeongchang-gun (Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang & Lee Hyo Seok Literature Forest) and Danyang-gun (Danuri Aquarium & Gosu Cave). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gugok Pokpo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon trip builder app.

Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to 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.
Pack the 16th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In January, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) 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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