44 days in South Korea Itinerary

44 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea visit planner

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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Andong
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Seoul
— 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon), Bangokji Reservoir (in Gyeongsan) and Daegu (Alive Aquarium Daegu, Bullodong Ancient Tomb Park, &more). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Art Sonje Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Tongiljeon.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju online attractions planner.

Hyderabad, India to Gyeongju is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Hyderabad to Gyeongju. While traveling from Hyderabad, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Busan

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
When in Busan, make a side trip to see Jinhae Botanic Museum in Changwon, approximately Changwon away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, stroll around Busan Citizens Park, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Busan, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Gyeongju to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in June, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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 out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Eongtto Falls, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, head off the coast to Udo, walk around Hallim Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jeju Olle Trail Routes.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju attractions planning app.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Suncheon

— 3 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
Explore Suncheon's surroundings by going to Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun), Hwagae Market (in Hadong-gun) and Hwaeomsa Temple (in Gurye-gun). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, and make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set.

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You can fly from Jeju to Suncheon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. June in Suncheon sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Daejeon

— 5 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daejeon: Gongju (Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, &more), Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan) and Jeonju Hanok Village (in Jeonju). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gagwonsa Temple, steep yourself in history at Busosanseong Fortress, take in the awesome beauty at Maninsan Mountain, and identify plant and animal life at Hanbat Arboretum.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Daejeon travel route planner.

You can drive from Suncheon to Daejeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Suncheon in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Daejeon, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Andong

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun) and Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Andong trip planner.

Drive from Daejeon to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Daejeon in June, you will find days in Andong are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple, Osaek Jujeongol Valley, &more), Woljeongsa Temple (in Pyeongchang-gun) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinheungsa Temple, and take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sokcho online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Andong to Sokcho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, &more). Pack the 10th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace.

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

Getting from Sokcho to Seoul by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.