60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea route planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 9 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Gwangju
— 6 nights
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Daejeon
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Andong
— 5 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Gwangchigi Beach, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Spend the 31st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, get outside with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and head off the coast to Udo.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Jeju is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lisbon to Jeju. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Odongdo (in Yeosu), Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple) and Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple and don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Suncheon itinerary website.

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. Traveling from Jeju in September, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Suncheon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Gwangju

— 6 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gwangju: Gochang-gun (Seonunsa Temple, Gochangeupseong Fortress, &more), Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun) and Gwanghallu Pavilion (in Namwon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, head outdoors with Soswaewon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, and examine the collection at Mokpo Natural History Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gwangju tour planner.

Getting from Suncheon to Gwangju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Gwangju are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Daejeon

— 6 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: Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun), Gongju (Gongsanseong, Gongju National Museum, &more) and Boeun-gun (Songnisan National Park & Beopjusa Temple). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, contemplate the long history of Cheongnamdae, take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, and snap pictures at Expo Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Daejeon trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Gwangju to Daejeon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gwangju in September, Daejeon is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Busan

— 7 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Change things up with these side-trips from Busan: Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Ottchil Artworks of Korea (in Tongyeong). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Haeundae Beach, walk around Yongdusan Park, get engrossed in the history at Bokcheon Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Busan travel route builder app.

You can take a train from Daejeon to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Daejeon in September, you will find days in Busan are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

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: Ulsan (Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove, Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, &more), Donghwasa (in Daegu) and Gyeongsan (Gatbawi Rock & Bangokji Reservoir). Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, and get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Gyeongju online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Explore Andong's surroundings by going to Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple) and Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, and contemplate the long history of Andong Taesamyo.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Andong route planner.

Getting from Gyeongju to Andong by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October in Andong, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Pyeongchang-gun

— 4 nights
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Danyang-gun (Aqua World, Gosu Cave, &more) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple, get to know the resident critters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, fly down the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, and don't miss a visit to Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pyeongchang-gun online route builder.

Traveling by car from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Andong in October, you will find days in Pyeongchang-gun are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 5 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple & Osaek Jujeongol Valley) and Gangneung (Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, Gyeongpodae, &more). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bongpo Beach and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sokcho road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Seoul

— 8 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: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Janganmun Gate). Pack the 20th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Seoul sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

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.