50 days in South Korea Itinerary

50 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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Suncheon
— 5 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Chuncheon
— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Genius Loci, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sangumburi Crater, and stroll around Hallim Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Jeju planner.

Paris, France to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Jeju. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in October: high temperatures in Jeju hover around 24°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Suncheon

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Suncheon side-trips: Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun), Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple) and Jinjuseong (in Jinju). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple, make a trip to Boriam Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Suncheon online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Suncheon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Jeju in October, plan for little chillier nights in Suncheon, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites

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: Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan), Gongju (Gongsanseong, Gapsa temple, &more) and Sangdangsanseong Fortress (in Cheongju). Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Songnisan National Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Buyeo National Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, take in the exciting artwork at Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art, and identify plant and animal life at Hanbat Arboretum.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Daejeon driving holiday site.

Drive from Suncheon to Daejeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Daejeon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Busan

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Take a break from Busan with a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje, about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Busan trip planner.

Getting from Daejeon to Busan by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Daejeon in November: high temperatures in Busan hover around 18°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Daegu (Daegu Arboretum, Seomun Market, &more) and Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, get great views at Columnar Jointing Observation Deck, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in November, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Andong: Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Taebaeksan National Park (in Taebaek) and Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian Academy). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, contemplate the long history of Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, and Head underground at Gosu Cave.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Andong trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Gyeongju to Andong by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. November in Andong sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 5 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Yangyang-gun (Namae Port & Hajodae) and Gangneung (Jeongdongjin Beach & Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum). Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock, cool off at Seorak Waterpia, take in panoramic vistas at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, and kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sokcho trip planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Explore Chuncheon's surroundings by going to Gapyeong-gun (Jarasum Island & Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War) and Wondaeri Birch Forest (in Inje-gun). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Nami Island, take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chuncheon online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park (in Bucheon) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, visit Insadong, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip maker.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.