61 days in South Korea Itinerary

61 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Andong
— 4 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Incheon
— 6 nights
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Seoul
— 11 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). Spend the 28th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, stroll around Sarabong Park, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and head outdoors with Hyeopjae Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Jeju trip tool.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Jeju is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Jeju is 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Suncheon: Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple), Odongdo (in Yeosu) and Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, walk around Pyeongsari Park, and browse the fresh offerings at Suncheon Aretjang Market.

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Traveling by flight from Jeju to Suncheon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, daytime highs in Suncheon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 5 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gwangju: Jeonju Hanok Village (in Jeonju), Gochang-gun (Seonunsa Temple & Gochangeupseong Fortress) and Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, walk around Gwangjuho Lake Eco Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unjusa, and get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

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Traveling by car from Suncheon to Gwangju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Gwangju can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 5 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cheongnamdae (in Cheongju), Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun) and Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress (in Gongju). Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Songnisan National Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Currency Museum, contemplate the long history of Busosanseong Fortress, see the sky in a new way at National Science Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beopjusa Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Daejeon trip planning site.

You can drive from Gwangju to Daejeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gwangju in September, Daejeon is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a train 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Busan: Yangsan Tower (in Yangsan) and Oedo Botania (in Geoje). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, walk around Yongdusan Park, and take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Busan day trip planner.

You can take a train from Daejeon to Busan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Daejeon in September: highs in Busan hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 4 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 Daegu (Donghwasa & Gukchaebosang Memorial Park), Ulsan (Daewangam Park, Boksoondoga, &more) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Hyanggyo.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in September: highs in Gyeongju hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Andong side-trips: Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Andong Hahoe Folk Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Andong travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Andong sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Pyeongchang-gun.
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Pyeongchang-gun — 4 nights

A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Explore Pyeongchang-gun's surroundings by going to Danyang-gun (Aqua World, Gosu Cave, &more) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, fly down the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, and make a trip to Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pyeongchang-gun route tool.

You can drive from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Pyeongchang-gun are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 4 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gangneung (Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum & Gyeongpodae), Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, and take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

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Drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Pyeongchang-gun in September, Sokcho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Incheon.
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Incheon — 6 nights

The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Incheon: The West Sea Protection Hall (in Pyeongtaek), Bucheon (Bucheon Natural Ecological Park & Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park) and Uiwang Nature Learning Park (in Uiwang). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bomunsa Temple, head off the coast to Muuido Island, steep yourself in history at Solmoe Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at AMI Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Incheon visit planning tool.

Drive from Sokcho to Incheon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Incheon when traveling from Sokcho in October, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 11 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Nami Island (in Chuncheon), DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at N Seoul Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary tool.

Seoul is just a stone's throw from Incheon. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seoul when traveling from Incheon in October, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to 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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