56 days in South Korea Itinerary

56 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kansas City
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 14 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Suncheon
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Busan
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Gyeongju
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Andong
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Gongju
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Icheon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Seoul
— 9 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  20 h 30 min
End: Kansas City

14
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get some historical perspective at Gwaneumsa Temple and Hangpaduri Hangmong Historic Site. Shop till you drop at Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Jeju Chilsung Fashion Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, head outdoors with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jeju online trip itinerary planner.

Kansas City, USA to Jeju is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Jeju is 15 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Highlights from your plan
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Gwaneumsa Temple ©
Gwaneumsa Temple
O’sulloc Tea Museum ©
O’sulloc Tea Museum

5
nights
Suncheon

Suncheon ©
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.
Hwaeomsa Temple and Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gwanghallu Pavilion and Songgwangsa Temple. Explore Suncheon's surroundings by going to Hadong-gun (Hwagae Market & Ssanggyesa Temple), Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun) and Jinju (Gyeongsangnamdo Arboretum & Jinjuseong). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple and make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Suncheon trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Jeju to Suncheon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Suncheon are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Hadong-gun, Jinju, Gurye-gun, Unjusa, Gwanghallu Pavilion
Highlights from your plan
Gwanghallu Pavilion ©
Gwanghallu Pavilion
Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 ©
Saseongam Temple 四聖庵
Unjusa ©
Unjusa

7
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Haedong Yonggung Temple and Gamcheon Culture Village. Do your shopping at Jagalchi Market and Gamcheon Cultural Village Art Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Busan: Tongdosa Temple (in Yangsan) and Tongyeong (Sebyeonggwan Hall, Seopilang Gongwon, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, and shop like a local with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Busan trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Suncheon to Busan by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Suncheon in June, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tongyeong, Tongdosa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

6
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Visit Bulguksa Temple and Eunhaesa Temple for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Donghwasa and Cheonmachong Tomb. Venture out of the city with trips to Daegu (Seomun Market & Sanghwa Yi's Old House), Ulsan (Seoknamsa Temple & Boksoondoga) and Bangokji (in Gyeongsan). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Girimsa Temple, and explore the activities along Anapji Pond.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju visit planner.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Daegu, Ulsan, Eunhaesa Temple, Bangokji
Highlights from your plan
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Donghwasa ©
Donghwasa

6
nights
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Sosuseowon Confucian School. Popular historic sites such as Buseoksa Temple and Dosanseowon Confucian School are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Cheongsong-gun (Jusanji Pond & Juwangsan National Park), Gunwi Buddha Triad Grotto (2nd Seokguram) (in Gunwi-gun) and Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), contemplate the long history of Okyeonjeongsa House, and examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Andong online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Gyeongju to Andong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cheongsong-gun, Yeongju, Gunwi Buddha Triad Grotto (2nd Seokguram), Cheongnyangsa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple
Sosuseowon Confucian School ©
Sosuseowon Confucian School

3
nights
Gongju

Gongju ©
Gongju, also spelt Kongju, is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea.HistoryGongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. Visit Gwanchoksa Temple and Busosanseong for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Magoksa Temple and Nakhwaam Rock. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gongju: Buyeo National Museum (in Buyeo-gun) and Gaetaesa Temple (in Nonsan). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gapsa temple, take an in-depth tour of SeokJangNi Museum, and contemplate the long history of Gongsanseong.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gongju day trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Andong to Gongju with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Icheon.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Buyeo-gun, Nonsan
Highlights from your plan
Gwanchoksa Temple ©
Gwanchoksa Temple
Gongsanseong ©
Gongsanseong
Magoksa Temple ©
Magoksa Temple

4
nights
Icheon

Icheon ©
Mirinae Holy Site and Silleuksa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Head to Sempio Space and Yeoju Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. Explore Icheon's surroundings by going to Anseong Namsadang Training Center (in Anseong) and Yeongnyeongneung (in Yeoju-si).

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Gongju to Icheon. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Icheon

Historic Sites Theme Parks Spas

Side Trips

Yeoju-si, Anseong
Highlights from your plan
Silleuksa Temple ©
Silleuksa Temple
Yeoju Premium Outlets ©
Yeoju Premium Outlets
OOOZOOO ©
OOOZOOO

9
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
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.
Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Myeongdong Shopping Street and DMZ Haemaru Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Korean Folk Village (in Yongin) and Suwon (Janganmun Gate & Hwaseong Fortress). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, get great views at N Seoul Tower, contemplate the long history of Namsangol Hanok Village, and make a trip to Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun).

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Icheon to Seoul with the Route module. July in Seoul sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Suwon, DMZ Haemaru Village, Korean Folk Village
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

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