36 days in South Korea Itinerary

36 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea travel route planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Danyang-gun
— 3 nights
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Cheongju
— 2 nights
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Chuncheon
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 7 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 (Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallim Park, examine the collection at Jeju National Museum, and get curious at Nexon Computer Museum.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Jeju. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Go for a jaunt from Busan to Geoje to see Oedo Botania about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, and head outdoors with Songjeong Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Busan online trip planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Gyeongju

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Daegu (Daegu Modern History Museum, Seomun Market, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju vacation planning app.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Danyang-gun.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Danyang-gun

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Danyang-gun: Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple), Tangeum Lake (in Chungju) and Byeolmaro Observatory (in Yeongwol-gun).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Danyang-gun sightseeing tool.

Getting from Gyeongju to Danyang-gun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Danyang-gun

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cheongju

— 2 nights
Cheongju is the capital and largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea.HistoryCheongju has been an important provincial town since ancient times.During Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea, Cheongju was the site of the Battle of Chongju, during which the Korean forces re-took the city from the Japanese forces in an important early victory.The government of the province relocated here from Chungju in 1908.The opening of the Chungbuk-line in 1926 sparked regional development. On the 15th (Thu), explore the engaging exhibits at Cheongju National Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Sangdangsanseong Fortress, and then identify plant and animal life at Dugguhbi Saengtae Munhwagwan. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Musim Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Cheongnamdae, and then examine the collection at Cheongju Early Printing Museum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cheongju trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Danyang-gun to Cheongju with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Cheongju are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Cheongju

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Chuncheon

— 3 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chuncheon: Gapyeong-gun (Homyeong Lake & Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War) and Sutasa Temple (in Hongcheon-gun). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Nami Island, examine the collection at Chuncheon National Museum, stroll around Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Cheongju to Chuncheon with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Hajodae, Naksan Beach, &more). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinheungsa Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sokcho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Step out of Seoul to go to Paju and see DMZ Haemaru Village, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, stroll through Cheonggyecheon Stream, and enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower.

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You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Seoul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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.