60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Gwangju
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 13 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Daejeon
— 6 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Chuncheon
— 3 nights
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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.
Pack the 7th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul tour itinerary builder site.

New York City, USA to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Seoul. In July, daytime highs in Seoul are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Gwangju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Gwangju

— 6 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Venture out of the city with trips to Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun), Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun) and Gurye-gun (Cheoneunsa Temple, Hwaeomsa Temple, &more). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songgwangsa Temple, see the interesting displays at Chosun University Museum, and head outdoors with Soswaewon.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gwangju vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Gwangju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seoul in July: highs in Gwangju hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 13 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 (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Halla Mountain, &more). Spend the 29th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, stroll through Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, step off the mainland to explore Udo, and walk around Sarabong Park.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gwangju to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Busan

— 7 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
When in Busan, make a side trip to see Oedo Botania in Geoje, approximately Geoje away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, walk around Busan Citizens Park, and stroll through Gwangalli Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Busan trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. July in Busan sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Cheongsong-gun (Juwangsan National Park & Jusanji Pond), Daegu (Seomun Market & Donghwasa) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Busan in August: highs in Gyeongju hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Daejeon.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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: Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan), Buyeo-gun (Busosanseong Fortress & Buyeo National Museum) and Cheongju (Cheongju National Museum & Cheongnamdae). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, explore the world behind art at Asia Museum, make a splash at Spavis, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maninsan Mountain.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Daejeon trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Gyeongju to Daejeon by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in August, expect nights in Daejeon to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Pyeongchang-gun

— 5 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 Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple), Danyang-gun (Danuri Aquarium, Guinsa Temple, &more) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Woljeongsa Temple and get to know the resident critters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pyeongchang-gun driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Daejeon to Pyeongchang-gun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 5 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yangyang-gun (Hajodae, Naksansa Temple, &more), Gangneung (Gangneung Dano Munhwagwan & Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Seorak Waterpia and hike along Ulsanbawi Rock.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sokcho day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 Cheonjugyo Pungsuwon Catholic Church (in Hoengseong-gun), Sutasa Temple (in Hongcheon-gun) and Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon (in Pocheon). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa and step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chuncheon online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · 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.