57 days in South Korea Itinerary

57 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea vacation planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 9 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Gwangju
— 6 nights
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Buan-gun
— 2 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 9 nights
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Chuncheon
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Donghae
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Busan
— 7 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.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). Spend the 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Udo, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, explore the world behind art at Jeju Folk Museum, and take a peaceful walk through Bijarim Forest.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jeju itinerary planning app.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Jeju is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sofia to Jeju, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Suncheon

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set, stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, and then admire the natural beauty at Suncheon Bay Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Suncheon Hyanggyo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, and finally steep yourself in history at Okcheon Seowon.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Suncheon itinerary planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Suncheon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. In April, daily temperatures in Suncheon can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks

Gwangju

— 6 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Gwangju: Mokpo (Gatbawi Rock & Yudal Mountain) and Damyang-gun (Metasequoia-lined Road, Damyang Juknokwon, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Soswaewon, explore the activities along Pungam Reservoir, see the interesting displays at Gwangju Museum of Art, and get engrossed in the history at Gwangju Folk Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gwangju online journey planner.

You can drive from Suncheon to Gwangju in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Gwangju are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buan-gun.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Buan-gun

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaeamsa Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naesosa Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Buan Celadon Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Buan-gun road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gwangju to Buan-gun. Traveling from Gwangju in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Buan-gun, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Buan-gun

Historic Sites · Museums

Daejeon

— 5 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Change things up with these side-trips from Daejeon: Buyeo National Museum (in Buyeo-gun), The Independence Hall of Korea (in Cheonan) and Gongju (Gongsanseong, Gongju National Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Currency Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanbat Arboretum, make a trip to Yurim Park, and see the sky in a new way at Daejeon Observatory.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Daejeon itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Buan-gun to Daejeon with the Route module. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Daejeon

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Seoul

— 9 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 Goyang and see Ilsan Lake Park, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, wander the streets of Insadong, and visit Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary website.

Drive from Daejeon to Seoul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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 (Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War & Petite France) and Danyang-gun (Dodamsambong Peaks & Gosu Cave). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Nami Island, find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at World Oncheon, and wander the streets of Chuncheon Myeongdong Street.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chuncheon trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Take a break from Sokcho with a short trip to Naksansa Temple in Yangyang-gun, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, go for a walk through Cheonjin Beach, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, and don't miss a visit to Daepo Port.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sokcho road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Donghae

— 2 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Donghae: Pyeongchang-gun (Daegwanryeong Samyang Ranch & Daegwanryeong Yangtte Ranch), Hwanseongul Cave (in Samcheok) and Baekseok Falls (in Jeongseon-gun).

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Donghae road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sokcho to Donghae. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun) and Daegu (Sanghwa Yi's Old House, Seomun Market, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gyeongju visit planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Donghae to Gyeongju. In May in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Busan

— 7 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, walk around Yongdusan Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in May, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.