60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea tour itinerary planner

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
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Suncheon
— 4 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 5 nights
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Andong
— 5 nights
Drive
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Daejeon
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 8 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). Spend the 10th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

To find reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju road trip site.

Birlingham, UK to Jeju is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Birlingham in September, with highs in Jeju at 30°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Suncheon

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suncheon: Boriam Temple (in Namhae-gun), Gurye-gun (Hwaeomsa Temple & Saseongam Temple 四聖庵) and Odongdo (in Yeosu). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, take a peaceful walk through Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon, and get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Suncheon trip itinerary planning site.

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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Jeju in September since evenings lows in Suncheon dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gwangju.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Gwangju

— 5 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Gwangju: Gochang-gun (Gochangeupseong Fortress & Seonunsa Temple), Buan-gun (Gaeamsa Temple & Naesosa Temple) and Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun). Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, see the interesting displays at Gwangju National Museum, and head outdoors with Soswaewon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gwangju, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Suncheon to Gwangju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Gwangju can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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: Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Dongbukgongsimdon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream, take a stroll through Insadong, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine.

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You can fly from Gwangju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Gwangju in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seoul, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 5 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple), Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Gangneung (Sacheonjin Beach, Gyeongpodae, &more). Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Sokcho when traveling from Seoul in September, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pyeongchang-gun: Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju), Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun) and Danyang-gun (Aqua World, Gosu Cave, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa Temple, hit the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, and examine the collection at Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pyeongchang-gun trip maker.

You can drive from Sokcho to Pyeongchang-gun in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Cheongsong-gun (Juwangsan National Park & Jusanji Pond) and Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, take in the views from Weolyeonggyo Bridge, and examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Andong trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Pyeongchang-gun to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Pyeongchang-gun, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Andong, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Daejeon

— 6 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: Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun), Gongju (Magoksa Temple, Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, &more) and Boeun-gun (Beopjusa Temple & Songnisan National Park). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Currency Museum, get curious at Geological Museum, take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwanchoksa Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Daejeon trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Andong to Daejeon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Andong in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Daejeon: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan), Ulsan (Ulsan Petroglyph Museum & Ulsan Daegok Museum) and Donghwasa (in Daegu). Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, contemplate the long history of Seokguram, and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gyeongju day trip planner.

You can take a train from Daejeon to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Busan

— 7 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 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Busan online route planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Busan sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

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.