42 days in South Korea Itinerary

42 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Andong
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Gwangju
— 4 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Busan
— 6 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. Pack the 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: make a trip to N Seoul Tower, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine.

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Manchester, UK to Seoul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Seoul is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in August, you will find days in Seoul are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are much hotter (27°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Woljeongsa Temple (in Pyeongchang-gun), Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple & Osaek Jujeongol Valley). Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gyeongpodae, make a splash at Seorak Waterpia, and get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sokcho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sokcho, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Andong

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Andong: Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, contemplate the long history of Andong imcheonggak, and see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Andong trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Andong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Andong, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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 Ulsan (Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove, Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, &more), Donghwasa (in Daegu) and Gyeongsan (Gatbawi Rock & Bangokji). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, steep yourself in history at Tongiljeon, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju online journey planner.

You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Daejeon

— 5 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: Gagwonsa Temple (in Cheonan), Boeun-gun (Songnisan National Park & Beopjusa Temple) and Gongsanseong (in Gongju). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Currency Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Maninsan Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwanchoksa Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Lee Ungno Museum.

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Take a train from Gyeongju to Daejeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Gwangju

— 4 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gwangju: Suncheon (Seonamsa Temple & Songgwangsa Temple), Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun) and Gochangeupseong Fortress (in Gochang-gun). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hwaeomsa Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gwanghallu Pavilion, and make a trip to Yangnim-dong History & Culture Village.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gwangju online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Daejeon to Gwangju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Daejeon in September since evenings lows in Gwangju dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Bunker de Lumieres, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, get outside with Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jeju trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Gwangju to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Gwangju in September since evenings lows in Jeju dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Busan

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step out of Busan to go to Geoje and see Oedo Botania, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, and snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Traveling from Jeju in September, Busan is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.