32 days in South Korea Itinerary

32 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Gimhae International Airport, Drive to Busan
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Busan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seoul
— 6 nights
Train
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Daejeon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Boseong-gun
— 1 night
Drive to Muan International Airport, Fly to Jeju
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwangalli Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, and get great views at Taejongdae.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Busan trip builder site.

Gaya, India to Busan is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Gaya in May; daily highs in Busan reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Gyeongju

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Sun), examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in May, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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 1st (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at World Oncheon and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, then head off the coast to Nami Island, and then get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chuncheon online route planner.

Fly from Gyeongju to Chuncheon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in May, expect nights in Chuncheon to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Sokcho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple & Osaek Jujeongol Valley). Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, admire the sheer force of Yukdam Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Biryong Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sokcho day trip planner.

Drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Seoul

— 6 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 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Seoul road trip planner.

Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Daejeon.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Daejeon

— 4 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: Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan), Songnisan National Park (in Boeun-gun) and Gongju (Gapsa temple, Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, &more). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Daeheungdong Catholic Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maninsan Mountain, and take a peaceful walk through Jangtaesan Natural Forest.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Daejeon online trip planner.

You can take a train from Seoul to Daejeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Daejeon, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Boseong-gun.

Things to do in Daejeon

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Boseong-gun

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Hwalseong Sanseong Sanlim Yokjang, then take a peaceful walk through Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yulpo Beach.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Boseong-gun online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Daejeon to Boseong-gun. When traveling from Daejeon in June, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Boseong-gun: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Boseong-gun

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, walk around Sarabong Park, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, and head off the coast to Udo.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Boseong-gun to Jeju. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
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.