36 days in South Korea Itinerary

36 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary builder

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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Pocheon
— 3 nights
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Chuncheon
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Mungyeong
— 1 night
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Boeun-gun
— 1 night
Drive to Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513), Fly to Jeju International Airport
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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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.
Step out of Seoul to go to Paju and see DMZ Haemaru Village, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, stop by Insadong, stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, and shop like a local with Namdaemun Market.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Seoul is 17 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in March, with highs in Seoul at 53°F and lows at 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pocheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Pocheon

— 3 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pocheon: Jajaeam Temple (in Dongducheon), Cheorwon-gun (Goseokjeong & The 2nd Tunnel) and Gana Art Park (in Yangju).

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pocheon itinerary maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seoul to Pocheon. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Pocheon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chuncheon: Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun), Ewhawon (in Gapyeong-gun) and Pyeongchang-gun (Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang & Phoenix Snow Park). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Nami Island, admire the natural beauty at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guryongsa Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pocheon to Chuncheon. In April, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Hajodae & Osaek Jujeongol Valley), Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum (in Gangneung) and Pyeongchang-gun (Sangwonsa & Woljeongsa Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baekdamsa Temple, enjoy the sea views from Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and get outside with Cheonjin Beach.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Sokcho online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Mungyeong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mungyeong

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Old Roads, then walk around Mungyeongsaejae Provincial Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Mungyeongsaejae Open Set.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mungyeong itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Sokcho to Mungyeong with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Mungyeong are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boeun-gun.

Things to do in Mungyeong

Museums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Boeun-gun

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Beopjusa Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Songnisan National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Boeun-gun travel app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mungyeong to Boeun-gun. In April, daytime highs in Boeun-gun are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Boeun-gun

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Jeju vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boeun-gun to Jeju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Busan

— 4 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 (Hongnyongsa Temple & Beopgi Fountainhead). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, get great views at Taejongdae, and walk around Yongdusan Park.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Busan holiday builder tool.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Daegu (Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, Seomun Market, &more) and Ulsan (Ulsan Daegok Museum, Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, explore the world behind art at Silla Arts And Science Museum, and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

Plan my day in Gyeongju using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in April, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.