51 days in South Korea Itinerary

51 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 9 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
Drive
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 9 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 (Halla Mountain & Seongsan Ilchulbong). Spend the 10th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, head off the coast to Udo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and walk around Handam Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Jeju online itinerary planner.

New Delhi, India to Jeju is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Gwangju

— 5 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Get out of town with these interesting Gwangju side-trips: Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun), Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun) and Gurye-gun (Cheoneunsa Temple & Hwaeomsa Temple). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, head outdoors with Soswaewon, and see the interesting displays at Chosun University Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gwangju online trip builder.

Fly from Jeju to Gwangju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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), Buyeo-gun (Busosanseong Fortress & Buyeo National Museum) and Magoksa Temple (in Gongju). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, examine the collection at Currency Museum, steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, and take in the awesome beauty at Maninsan Mountain.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Daejeon journey maker site.

Drive from Gwangju to Daejeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gwangju, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Daejeon, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Daegu (Donghwasa & Seomun Market), Cheongsong-gun (Juwangsan National Park & Jusanji Pond) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and steep yourself in history at Seokguram.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Daejeon to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Daejeon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

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 with an excursion to Oedo Botania in Geoje--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, stroll around Busan Citizens Park, kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, and examine the collection at Busan Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Busan route planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pyeongchang-gun

— 5 nights
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pyeongchang-gun: Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple), Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun) and Danyang-gun (Danuri Aquarium, Guinsa Temple, &more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple and get to know the resident critters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pyeongchang-gun travel site.

Fly from Busan to Pyeongchang-gun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 5 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Gangneung (Gangneung Dano Munhwagwan & Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum), Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Hajodae, Naksansa Temple, &more). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: make a splash at Seorak Waterpia and hike along Ulsanbawi Rock.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sokcho vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sokcho when traveling from Pyeongchang-gun in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chuncheon

— 2 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Nami Island and then stop by Kim You-jeong House of Literature. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Peace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa.

Discover how to plan a Chuncheon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Sokcho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chuncheon, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

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.
Step out of Seoul to go to Incheon and see Muuido Island, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Pack the 16th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, and stop by Insadong.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Seoul day trip site.

Drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. While traveling from Chuncheon, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.