60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 13 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Buan-gun
— 2 nights
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Daejeon
— 6 nights
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Seoul
— 9 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Donghae
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Busan
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 13 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 Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Lightning Museum, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). Spend the 30th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, head off the coast to Udo, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, and kick back and relax at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jeju itinerary planning app.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Jeju is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sofia to Jeju, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer evenings in Jeju when traveling from Sofia in September, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Suncheon side-trips: Jinjuseong (in Jinju), Yeosu (Aqua Planet Yeosu & Odongdo) and Imjinseong Fortress (in Namhae-gun). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Suncheon journey planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Suncheon in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Suncheon when traveling from Jeju in October, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 5 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Gwangju: Yudal Mountain (in Mokpo), Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun) and Damyang-gun (Damyang Juknokwon, Damyang Metasequoia Road, &more). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, admire the masterpieces at Uijae Museum of Korean Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Pungam Reservoir, and contemplate the long history of May 18th National Cemetery.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gwangju trip planner.

Traveling by car from Suncheon to Gwangju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Buan-gun.
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Buan-gun — 2 nights

On the 17th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaeamsa Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naesosa Temple, and then explore the striking landscape of Byeonsanbando National Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Gyeongamdong Railroad Town, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Eunpa Lake Park, and then don't miss a visit to Dongguksa Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Buan-gun trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Gwangju to Buan-gun with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Buan-gun are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Daejeon: Cheonan (Gagwonsa Temple & The Independence Hall of Korea), Songnisan National Park (in Boeun-gun) and Gongju (Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Currency Museum, see the sky in a new way at Daejeon Observatory, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanbat Arboretum, and get curious at Expo Park.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Daejeon driving holiday planning app.

Explore your travel options from Buan-gun to Daejeon with the Route module. Traveling from Buan-gun in October, you will find days in Daejeon are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Seoul.
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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.
Step out of Seoul to go to Yongin and see Korean Folk Village, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Pack the 28th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Daejeon to Seoul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Daejeon in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seoul, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.
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Chuncheon — 2 nights

The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, then head off the coast to Nami Island, and then get in on the family fun at Petite France. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street, then find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park, and then visit Chuncheon Myeongdong Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Chuncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a subway. In November in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 4 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Take a break from Sokcho with a short trip to Naksansa Temple in Yangyang-gun, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, make a splash at Seorak Waterpia, enjoy the sand and surf at Sokcho Beach, and admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sokcho online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chuncheon to Sokcho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Donghae.
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Donghae — 2 nights

On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock), then enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hwanseongul Cave.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Donghae online journey maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sokcho to Donghae. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Daegu (Apsan Park, Seomun Market, &more) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and make a trip to Daereungwon Tomb Complex.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Gyeongju with the Route module. November in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Busan.
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Busan — 5 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, make a trip to BIFF Square, and walk around Yongdusan Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in November: highs in Busan hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) 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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