59 days in South Korea Itinerary

59 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea route planner

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Seoul
— 13 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Tongyeong
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Daejeon
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chuncheon
— 11 nights
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Seoul

— 13 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Samcheong Park as well as Kwangjang Market. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Suwon (Dongbukgongsimdon, Hwaseong Fortress, &more) and Korean Folk Village (in Yongin). Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to N Seoul Tower, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, contemplate the long history of Jongmyo Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Seoul road trip tool.

Paris, France to Seoul is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Seoul is 8 hours. Traveling from Paris in August, expect Seoul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Busan

— 5 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: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and get great views at Taejongdae.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Busan day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tongyeong.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Tongyeong

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): trek along Mireuksan Mountain, then stroll around Yi Sun-shin Park, and then don't miss a visit to Dongpirang Mural Village.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tongyeong vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Tongyeong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Busan in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Tongyeong, with lows around 18°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Tongyeong

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 6 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 (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, admire the natural beauty at Spirited Garden, explore the striking landscape at Yongduam Rock, and kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Jeju trip builder website.

You can fly from Tongyeong to Jeju in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Tongyeong in September, Jeju is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Suncheon

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Suncheon side-trips: Yeosu (Dolsan Bridge, Odongdo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple, contemplate the long history of Suncheon Hyanggyo, deepen your understanding at Okcheon Seowon, and get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Suncheon online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Suncheon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Jeju in September, Suncheon is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Daejeon

— 4 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daejeon: Gongju (Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong & Gongsanseong) and Buyeo-gun (Buyeo Jeongnimsaji Temple, Busosanseong Fortress, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, take in the views from Expo Bridge, get curious at Expo Park, and admire the masterpieces at Daejeon Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Daejeon online holiday planner.

Drive from Suncheon to Daejeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Suncheon in September, expect nights in Daejeon to be somewhat warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

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 out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Daegu (Seomun Market, Donghwasa, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Bomun Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seokguram, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Daejeon to Gyeongju by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Andong

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Danyang-gun (Dodamsambong Peaks, Gosu Cave, &more) and Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, see the interesting displays at Andong Folk Museum, take in the views from Weolyeonggyo Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Andong driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Andong are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Naksan Beach, Naksansa Temple, &more). Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, steep yourself in history at Gwongeumseong Fortress, cool off at Seorak Waterpia, and walk around Sokch Seorak Sunrise Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sokcho road trip app.

Drive from Andong to Sokcho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Sokcho are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Chuncheon

— 11 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 (Jarasum Island, Ewhawon, &more), Sangwonsa (in Pyeongchang-gun) and Wonju (Wonju Sogeumsan Mountain Suspension Bridge, Museum SAN, &more). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, take a peaceful walk through Wondaeri Birch Forest, find something for the whole family at Vivaldi Park Ocean World, and take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chuncheon driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Chuncheon when traveling from Sokcho in October, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.