42 days in South Korea Itinerary

42 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Andong
— 5 nights
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Changnyeong-gun
— 2 nights
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Hapcheon-Gun
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Gyeongju

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Bulguksa Temple and Cheomseongdae Observatory are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Gyeongju National Museum and Art Sonje Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden (in Ulsan), Daegu (Donghwasa & Heeum - Museum of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan) and Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Seokguram, get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary planning tool.

Tallahassee, USA to Gyeongju is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 14 hours. When traveling from Tallahassee in April, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get a sense of the local culture at Naksansa Temple and Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory. Baekdamsa Temple and Sinheungsa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Osaek Jujeongol Valley (in Yangyang-gun) and Gangneung (Gyeongpodae & Jeongdongjin Beach). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sokcho online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Sokcho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · 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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Myeongdong Shopping Street and Changdeokgung Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Suwon (Janganmun Gate & Dongbukgongsimdon). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Insadong, learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, make a trip to Jongmyo Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul planning site.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Andong

— 5 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.
Visit Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Cheongnyangsa Temple for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Buseoksa Temple and Gunwi Buddha Triad Grotto (2nd Seokguram). Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Sosuseowon Confucian Academy (in Yeongju) and Gounsa Temple (in Uiseong-gun). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, contemplate the long history of Seonseonghyun Gaeksa, and take in the dramatic natural features at Buyongdae.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Andong trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Andong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Seoul in April, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Andong: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Changnyeong-gun

— 2 nights
Although many Changnyeong-gun tours revolve around its distinctive cultural legacy that dates back to the early Three Kingdoms period, there are still plenty of things to do for those pursuing great outdoors.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Changnyeong Shilla Jinheungwang Cheokgyeongbi, look for all kinds of wild species at Upo Wetland, and then take an in-depth tour of Changnyeong Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Miryang City Museum, steep yourself in history at Yeongnamlu, and then steep yourself in history at Aranggak Pavilion.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Changnyeong-gun travel website.

Traveling by car from Andong to Changnyeong-gun takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Andong in April, expect nights in Changnyeong-gun to be a bit cooler, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hapcheon-Gun.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Hapcheon-Gun

— 2 nights
On the 1st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Baram Hunjuk Misulkwan and then steep yourself in history at Haeinsa. On your second day here, trek along Daegaya Arboretum, then delve into the distant past at Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site, and then see the interesting displays at Daegaya Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hapcheon-Gun online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Changnyeong-gun to Hapcheon-Gun. April in Hapcheon-Gun sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hapcheon-Gun

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Busan

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Popular historic sites such as Yeojwacheon Stream and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun are in your itinerary. Busan Museum and Bokcheon Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Busan: Changwon (Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road & Hoewonhyeon Fortress Site). The adventure continues: get outside with Haeundae Beach, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, get great views at Taejongdae, and snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Busan trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hapcheon-Gun to Busan. When traveling from Hapcheon-Gun in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Busan, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

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. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Get some historical perspective at Gwaneumsa Temple and Bulsari Tapsa Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Jeju National Museum and Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Gasiri Wind Power Plant, O’sulloc Tea Museum, &more). Spend the 9th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sangumburi Crater, explore the world behind art at Trick Art Museum Korea, take in the dramatic natural features at Geomunoreum, and explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Jeju trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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.