54 days in South Korea Itinerary

54 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea vacation planner

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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Chuncheon
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Danyang-gun
— 4 nights
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Cheongju
— 3 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Gochang-gun
— 1 night
Drive to Muan International Airport, Fly to Jeju
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 15 nights
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Andong
— 3 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Seoul

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Changdeokgung Palace and Insadong. Venture out of the city with trips to Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Dongbukgongsimdon) and Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ Haemaru Village). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, steep yourself in history at Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun), and explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary tool.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Seoul is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from San Juan to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Juan in June: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 17th (Fri), examine the collection at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum, head off the coast to Nami Island, and then examine the collection at Chuncheon National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Chuncheon Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, and then take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chuncheon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Chuncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naksansa Temple and Gyeongpodae. Take a break from the city and head to Seoraksan National Park and Osaek Jujeongol Valley. Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Jeongdongjin Beach (in Gangneung). There's much more to do: stroll through Ulsanbawi Rock, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho travel route site.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Danyang-gun.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Danyang-gun

— 4 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sosuseowon Confucian Academy and Yeongju Insam Museum. Get outdoors at Gosu Cave and Cheondongdonggul Cave. Venture out of the city with trips to Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (in Mungyeong), Taebaeksan National Park (in Taebaek) and Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju).

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Danyang-gun day trip planner.

You can drive from Sokcho to Danyang-gun in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Danyang-gun

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cheongju

— 3 nights
Cheongju is the capital and largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea.HistoryCheongju has been an important provincial town since ancient times.During Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea, Cheongju was the site of the Battle of Chongju, during which the Korean forces re-took the city from the Japanese forces in an important early victory.The government of the province relocated here from Chungju in 1908.The opening of the Chungbuk-line in 1926 sparked regional development. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beopjusa Temple and Cheongnamdae. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sangdangsanseong Fortress and Gagwonsa Temple. Take a break from Cheongju with a short trip to Songnisan National Park in Boeun-gun, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Cheongju National Museum and examine the collection at Cheongju Early Printing Museum.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cheongju trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Danyang-gun to Cheongju. June in Cheongju sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Cheongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Daejeon

— 5 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Visit Tapsa Temple and Busosanseong Fortress for their historical value. Get outdoors at National Institute of Ecology and Geological Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Gongju (Gapsa temple, Magoksa Temple, &more), Buyeo-gun (Gungnamji Pond & Buyeo National Museum) and Daedunsan Natural Recreation Forest (in Geumsan-gun). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwanchoksa Temple, and take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Daejeon day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Cheongju to Daejeon with the Route module. In June in Daejeon, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gochang-gun.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Gochang-gun

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Gochangeupseong Fortress, then explore the ancient world of Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunsa Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gochang-gun road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Daejeon to Gochang-gun. When traveling from Daejeon in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gochang-gun: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Gochang-gun

Historic Sites

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 15 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.
Appreciate the collections at Jeju National Museum and Jeju World Natural Heritage Center. Get in touch with nature at Seongsan Ilchulbong and Hallim Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Cheonjiyeon Falls, &more). Spend the 20th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Sehwa Beach, stroll through Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jeju itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Gochang-gun to Jeju with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Andong.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Andong

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Byeongsan Seowon are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Juwangsan National Park and Jusanji Pond. When in Andong, make a side trip to see Cheongnyangsa Temple in Bonghwa-gun, approximately Bonghwa-gun away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Andong planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Andong takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Andong, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gyeongju

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Bulguksa Temple and Donghwasa. Get outdoors at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon), Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan) and Seoknamsa Temple (in Ulsan). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju sightseeing planner.

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 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get some cultural insight at Haedong Yonggungsa and Beomeosa Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Haeundae Beach and Oedo Botania. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, get great views at Taejongdae, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bongnaesan.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Busan tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Busan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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.