60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Daejeon
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Cheongsong-gun
— 1 night
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Andong
— 4 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 6 nights
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Donghae
— 4 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 — 8 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 (Jeongbang Waterfall, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). Spend the 3rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Woljeongri Beach, get outside with Hamdeok Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jeju day trip site.

Barcelona, Spain to Jeju is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Jeju is 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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 a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan travel route tool.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Daejeon: Songnisan National Park (in Boeun-gun), Gongju (Gongju National Museum, Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, &more) and Garden of Sky (in Geumsan-gun). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tapsa Temple, don't miss a visit to Jeonju Hanok Village, and shop like a local with Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Daejeon trip planner.

Traveling by train from Busan to Daejeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Daejeon can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the train 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 Ulsan (Ulsan Daegok Museum, Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, &more) and Statue of Peace (in Pohang). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, make a splash at Gyeongju California Beach Water Park, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip planner.

You can take a train from Daejeon to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Daejeon in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cheongsong-gun.
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Cheongsong-gun — 1 night

On the 30th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Juwangsan National Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cheongsong-gun trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gyeongju to Cheongsong-gun. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Andong.
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Andong — 4 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 find plenty of places to visit near Andong: Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (in Mungyeong) and Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Yeongju Insam Museum). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum, and snap pictures at Weolyeonggyo Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Andong day trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cheongsong-gun to Andong. When traveling from Cheongsong-gun in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Andong, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Pyeongchang-gun.
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Pyeongchang-gun — 6 nights

A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Get out of town with these interesting Pyeongchang-gun side-trips: Danyang-gun (Aqua World, Gosu Cave, &more) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa Temple, fly down the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Lee Hyo Seok Literature Forest, and get to know the resident critters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pyeongchang-gun trip maker app.

You can drive from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Pyeongchang-gun can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Donghae.
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Donghae — 4 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Donghae: Hwanseongul Cave (in Samcheok) and Taebaek (Taebaeksan National Park, Taebaek Coal Museum, &more).

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Donghae online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pyeongchang-gun to Donghae. Traveling from Pyeongchang-gun in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Donghae, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 5 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Gangneung (Gyeongpodae & Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum), Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple, Naksan Beach, &more) and Inje-gun (Pilrye Mineral Spring & Baekdamsa Temple). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, make a splash at Seorak Waterpia, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, and get great views at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sokcho day trip app.

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Sokcho with the Route module. September in Sokcho sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chuncheon side-trips: JaeIn Waterfall (in Yeoncheon-gun), Gapyeong-gun (Petite France, Jarasum Island, &more) and Bidulginang Waterfalls (in Pocheon). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, examine the collection at Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War, take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chuncheon online road trip planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Sokcho in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Chuncheon, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) 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.
Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Paju to see DMZ Haemaru Village about 1h 25 min away. Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: get great views at N Seoul Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Chuncheon in September: highs in Seoul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) 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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