53 days in South Korea Itinerary

53 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea vacation planner

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Seoul
— 11 nights
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Chuncheon
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Andong
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 12 nights
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Seoul

— 11 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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Hyundai City Outlets - Dongdaemunfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Suwon (Janganmun Gate, Hwaseong Fortress, &more), Bukhansanseong Fortress (in Goyang) and Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park (in Paju). Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Changdeokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Seoul holiday planner.

Charlotte, USA to Seoul is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Charlotte to Seoul, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in April, you will find days in Seoul are slightly colder (64°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chuncheon

— 4 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cheongpyeongsa and Guryongsa Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall and Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon. Change things up with these side-trips from Chuncheon: Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun), Pyeongchang-gun (Sangwonsa & Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang) and Wonju (Park Kyongni Literature Park & Museum SAN). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Cheonjugyo Pungsuwon Catholic Church, and get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon attractions app.

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 5 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get some historical perspective at Naksansa Temple and Baekdamsa Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum and National Mountain Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Gangneung (Sodol Adeul Bawi Park & Gyeongpodae), The 4th Tunnel (in Yanggu-gun) and Osaek Jujeongol Valley (in Yangyang-gun). Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinheungsa Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, and see the interesting displays at Seokbong Ceramic Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sokcho online holiday builder.

Drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Andong

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Andong Folk Museum. Popular historic sites such as Bongjeongsa and Andong imcheonggak are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Andong: Gounsa Temple (in Uiseong-gun), Sangju Bicycle Museum (in Sangju) and Gunwi Buddha Triad Grotto (2nd Seokguram) (in Gunwi-gun). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, contemplate the long history of Seonseonghyun Gaeksa, snap pictures at Weolyeonggyo Bridge, and wander the streets of Andong Folk Village.

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

Getting from Sokcho to Andong by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gyeongju

— 6 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.
Let the collections at Gyeongju National Museum and Daegu Modern History Museum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Bulguksa Temple and Eunhaesa Temple are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Daegu (Gyesan Catholic Church, Seomun Market, &more) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram, explore the world behind art at Art Sonje Museum, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip planning app.

Getting from Andong to Gyeongju by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Busan

— 7 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Appreciate the collections at Busan Museum and Gimhae National Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Haedong Yonggungsa and Bokcheon Museum. Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Clay Art Gimhae Museum (in Gimhae), Tongyeong (Yun Isang Memorial, Jeonhyeoklim Art Museum, &more) and Historic Park of Geoje POW Camp (in Geoje). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, examine the collection at Miryang City Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Busan road trip planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in May: highs in Busan hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 12 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.
Head to Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and The Islanderfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Gwaneumsa Temple and Jeju National Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, World Seashell Museum, &more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, see the interesting displays at Haenyeo Museum, admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulsari Tapsa Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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.