59 days in South Korea Itinerary

59 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea sightseeing planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 9 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Daejeon
— 6 nights
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Seoul
— 12 nights
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Chuncheon
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Andong
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 8 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 (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, head outdoors with Hamdeok Beach, step off the mainland to explore Udo, and trek along Jeju Olle Trail Routes.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju sightseeing planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Jeju is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Jeju is 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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: Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵, Hwaeomsa Temple, &more) and Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, and make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Suncheon attractions 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. May in Suncheon sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Daejeon.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Daejeon

— 6 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Get out of town with these interesting Daejeon side-trips: Buyeo-gun (Buyeo National Museum, Busosanseong Fortress, &more), Gongju (Gongsanseong, Gapsa temple, &more) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gagwonsa Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Daeheungdong Catholic Church, delve into the lush surroundings at Daedunsan Natural Recreation Forest, and take in the views from Expo Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Daejeon trip planner.

Drive from Suncheon to Daejeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Suncheon in May, you will find days in Daejeon are warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Seoul

— 12 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Suwon (Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion (Dongbukgakru), Hwaseong Fortress, &more). Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, and make a trip to Myeongdong Shopping Street.

Before you visit Seoul, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Daejeon to Seoul in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Daejeon in May since evenings lows in Seoul dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Chuncheon

— 5 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Venture out of the city with trips to Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War (in Gapyeong-gun), Pyeongchang-gun (Sangwonsa, Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, &more) and Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Nami Island, get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park, examine the collection at Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon, and take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chuncheon trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Chuncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or take a bus. June in Chuncheon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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: Woljeongsa Temple (in Pyeongchang-gun), Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Osaek Jujeongol Valley (in Yangyang-gun). Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock, contemplate the long history of Gyeongpodae, make a splash at Seorak Waterpia, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

Planning Sokcho trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Andong

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Andong: Danyang-gun (Guinsa Temple, Gosu Cave, &more), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Andong Hahoe Folk Village, examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Andong tour builder app.

You can drive from Sokcho to Andong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Gyeongju

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Daegu (Heeum - Museum of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, Seomun Market, &more), Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon) and Ulsan Grand Park (in Ulsan). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Daereungwon Tomb Complex, get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon, and contemplate the long history of Seokguram.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip planner.

Getting from Andong to Gyeongju by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Busan

— 8 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step out of Busan with an excursion to Oedo Botania in Geoje--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, and hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Busan travel planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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.