43 days in South Korea Itinerary

43 days in South Korea Itinerary

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43 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: North Berwick, Scotland
Drive + Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Suncheon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Daejeon
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Seoul
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Chuncheon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Sokcho
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Andong
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
8
Gyeongju
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Busan
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
End: North Berwick, Scotland

6
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Gueomri Stone Salt Farm, and head off the coast to Udo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip itinerary maker app.

North Berwick, UK to Jeju is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from North Berwick to Jeju. While traveling from North Berwick, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Jeju, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Suwolbong Peak
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 4:
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

3
nights
Suncheon

Suncheon ©
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: Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun), Gurye-gun (Hwaeomsa Temple & Saseongam Temple 四聖庵) and Ssanggyesa Temple (in Hadong-gun). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songgwangsa Temple and make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Suncheon trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Jeju to Suncheon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Traveling from Jeju in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Suncheon, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gurye-gun, Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon, Ssanggyesa Temple
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Songgwangsa Temple ©
Songgwangsa Temple
Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon ©
Seonamsa Temple ©
Seonamsa Temple

4
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Songnisan National Park (in Boeun-gun), Gapsa temple (in Gongju) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs, examine the collection at Currency Museum, steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, and snap pictures at Expo Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Daejeon trip planner.

You can drive from Suncheon to Daejeon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Daejeon are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cheongju, Buyeo National Museum, Songnisan National Park, Gapsa temple, Gwanchoksa Temple
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
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Gwanchoksa Temple ©
Gwanchoksa Temple
Yuseong Hot Spring ©
Yuseong Hot Spring
Songnisan National Park ©
Songnisan National Park

6
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
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.
Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, and take in panoramic vistas at N Seoul Tower.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Seoul road trip planning app.

Getting from Daejeon to Seoul by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Daejeon in October since evenings lows in Seoul dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

DMZ Haemaru Village
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

4
nights
Chuncheon

Chuncheon ©
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chuncheon: Pyeongchang-gun (Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall, Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, &more), Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju) and Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War (in Gapyeong-gun). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa, and examine the collection at Gangwondo Forest Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chuncheon trip planning app.

Drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chuncheon when traveling from Seoul in October, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pyeongchang-gun, Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War, Guryongsa Temple
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa
Phoenix Snow Park ©
Phoenix Snow Park

4
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Pyeongchang-gun (Sangwonsa & Woljeongsa), Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple & Hajodae). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, kick back and relax at Bongpo Beach, hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, and take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sokcho trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Chuncheon in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sokcho, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Goseong-gun, Pyeongchang-gun, Baekdamsa Temple
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

3
nights
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Andong: Cheongsong-gun (Jusanji Pond & Juwangsan National Park), Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju) and Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Buyongdae.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Andong sightseeing planner.

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 October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cheongsong-gun, Buseoksa Temple, Cheongnyangsa Temple
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple

4
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
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 (Donghwasa, Sanghwa Yi's Old House, &more), Gatbawi (in Gyeongsan) and Ulsan Daegok Museum (in Ulsan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, engage your brain at Silla Arts And Science Museum, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju road trip site.

Traveling by bus from Andong to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Daegu, Ulsan Daegok Museum, Gatbawi
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

7
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Busan: Geoje (Oedo Botania & Hakdong Mongdol Beach). The adventure continues: get outside with Haeundae Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Busan route maker website.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in November, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Geoje
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 8:
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

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