60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 15 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Gochang-gun
— 1 night
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Gongju
— 3 nights
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Cheongju
— 2 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Chuncheon
— 5 nights
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Seoul
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Jeju, Jeju Island

— 15 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jeju Stone Park. Get outdoors at Bijarim Forest and Haenyeo Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (All-In House Theme Park, Seopjikoji, &more). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Dongmun Market, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum, don't miss a visit to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road), and enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach.

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

New York City, USA to Jeju is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Jeju, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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.
For shopping fun, head to Seomun Market or Shinsegae Department Store Daegu. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gyeongju National Museum and Ulsan Daegok Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun), Heeum - Museum of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (in Daegu) and Ulsan (Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, Daewangam Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Girimsa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Daereungwon Tomb Complex, and explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gyeongju visit planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in January, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Busan

— 6 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Escape the urban bustle at Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate UN Memorial Cemetery and Yeongdo Lighthouse. Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Gimhae (Surowangbi-reung & Gimhae National Museum) and Tongdosa Seongbo Museum (in Yangsan). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Bongnaesan, enjoy the sand and surf at Songdo Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Busan Gamcheon Culture Village.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in January, expect nights in Busan to be slightly colder, around 27°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Suncheon.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Museums · Shopping · 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nagan Eupseong Folk Village and Wolgok Yeonghwagol Byeoghwa Maeul. Get a sense of the local culture at Hwaeomsa Temple and Songgwangsa Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suncheon: Hadong-gun (Ssanggyesa Temple & Hwagae Market), Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 (in Gurye-gun) and Odongdo (in Yeosu). There's still lots to do: stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Suncheon Bay Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple.

Make your Suncheon itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Busan to Suncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in January, plan for cooler days in Suncheon, with highs around 24°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gochang-gun.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Gochang-gun

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Gochang Dolmen Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunsa Temple, then delve into the distant past at Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gochangeupseong Fortress.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gochang-gun online trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Suncheon to Gochang-gun with the Route module. In January in Gochang-gun, expect temperatures between 26°F during the day and 25°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Gochang-gun

Historic Sites · Museums

Gongju

— 3 nights
Gongju, also spelt Kongju, is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea.HistoryGongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. Buyeo Jeongnimsaji Temple and Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Magoksa Temple and Gwanchoksa Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Gongju side-trips: Buyeo-gun (Baekje Royal Tombs, Buyeo National Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gapsa temple, see the interesting displays at Gongju National Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Muryeong Wangreung Exhibition Hall.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gongju online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gochang-gun to Gongju. Traveling from Gochang-gun in January, you will find days in Gongju are somewhat warmer (36°F), and nights are little chillier (17°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Cheongju

— 2 nights
Cheongju is the capital and largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea.HistoryCheongju has been an important provincial town since ancient times.During Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea, Cheongju was the site of the Battle of Chongju, during which the Korean forces re-took the city from the Japanese forces in an important early victory.The government of the province relocated here from Chungju in 1908.The opening of the Chungbuk-line in 1926 sparked regional development. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sangdangsanseong Fortress, have fun and explore at Cheongju National Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Suamgol Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, and finally examine the collection at Cheongju Early Printing Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Dugguhbi Saengtae Munhwagwan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Botapsa Temple, and then examine the collection at Jincheon Bell Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cheongju holiday builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gongju to Cheongju. In January, daytime highs in Cheongju are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Cheongju

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Pyeongchang-gun

— 5 nights
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Woljeongsa Temple and Baeron Holy Ground. Popular historic sites such as Jeongbangsa Temple and Sangwonsa are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pyeongchang-gun: Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple), Jangneung (in Yeongwol-gun) and Wonju (Guryongsa Temple & Baegunsan Natural Recreation Forest). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Lee Hyo Seok Literature Forest, Head underground at Hwanseongul Cave, and meet the residents at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pyeongchang-gun trip itinerary website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cheongju to Pyeongchang-gun. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Naksansa Temple and Ojukheon. Escape the urban bustle at Ulsanbawi Rock and Jeongdongjin Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Inje-gun (Baekdamsa Temple & Oseam Temple), Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Osaek Carbonated Hot Springs) and Gyeongpodae (in Gangneung). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sokcho trip builder website.

Drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Get outdoors at Nami Island and Wondaeri Birch Forest. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Garden of Morning Calm and Gangchon Rail Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Chuncheon: Interactive Art Museum (in Gapyeong-gun), JaeIn Waterfall (in Yeoncheon-gun) and Pocheon (Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon, Bidulginang Waterfalls, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon, explore the activities along Gugok Pokpo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sutasa Temple, and see the interesting displays at Chuncheon Art Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chuncheon holiday builder.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Chuncheon can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seoul

— 9 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 explore and learn at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Trickeye Museum Seoul. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Myeong-dong Cathedral and Grevin Museum. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Paju (Museum of Modern History of Korea & DMZ Haemaru Village) and Suwon (Hwahongmun Gate, Hwaseong Fortress, &more). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, get great views at N Seoul Tower, admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. In February, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.