60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 18 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Daejeon
— 6 nights
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Andong
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 18 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.
Alive Museum Jeju and Angel and Woodcutter Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Hamdeok Beach and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Yakchunsa Temple, Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, &more). Spend the 12th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: stroll around Bijarim Forest, gain insight at Jeju Stone Park, admire the landmark architecture of Bangju Church, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip itinerary planner.

Kelowna, Canada to Jeju is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 17 hours. September in Jeju sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hyangiram Hermitage and Nagan Eupseong Folk Village. Popular historic sites such as Hwaeomsa Temple and Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 are in your itinerary. Step out of Suncheon with an excursion to Unjusa in Hwasun-gun--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve and take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Suncheon road trip planning site.

Getting from Jeju to Suncheon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Jeju in September since evenings lows in Suncheon dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ulsanbawi Rock and Gyeongpo Beach. Visit Jeongdongjin Beach and Cheonjin Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Naksan Beach & Naksansa Temple) and Gangneung (Ojukheon & Ojukheon Municipal Museum). Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Gwongeumseong Fortress, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, examine the collection at Seokbong Ceramic Museum, and head outdoors with Biryong Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sokcho journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Suncheon to Sokcho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Suncheon in September, plan for little chillier days in Sokcho, with highs around 23°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. Museum-lovers will get to explore Grevin Museum and National Museum of Korea. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, make a trip to Deoksugung, steep yourself in history at Sungnyemun Gate, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongeunsa Temple.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Seoul are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Science Museum and Ppuri Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Currency Museum and Gongju National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Daejeon: Songnisan National Park (in Boeun-gun), Cheongju (Cheongnamdae & Cheongju National Museum) and Gongju (Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Busosanseong Fortress, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwanchoksa Temple, look and learn at Daejeon Observatory, and take in the views from Expo Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Daejeon online route builder.

Traveling by train from Seoul to Daejeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seoul in October since evenings lows in Daejeon dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Andong.
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Andong — 6 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 Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Byeongsan Seowon. Get some historical perspective at Buseoksa Temple and Sosuseowon Confucian Academy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Andong: Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (in Mungyeong), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Woraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and see the interesting displays at Andong Folk Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Andong trip planner.

Getting from Daejeon to Andong by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Taehwagang National Garden. Gyeongju National Museum and Sanghwa Yi's Old House will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Ulsan (Seoknamsa Temple & Yeomposan Mountain), Donghwasa (in Daegu) and Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, make a trip to Daereungwon Tomb Complex, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju trip builder tool.

You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Busan.
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Busan — 6 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll explore and learn at Busan Museum and Bokcheon Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gwangalli Beach and Haeundae Beach. Take a break from Busan with a short trip to Sinbulsan Falls Recreational Forest in Ulsan, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take a stroll through Busan Gamcheon Culture Village.

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Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Busan, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch 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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