55 days in South Korea Itinerary

55 days in South Korea Itinerary

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55 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 9 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Suncheon
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Gongju
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Hapcheon-Gun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Busan
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Gyeongju
— 7 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Andong
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Gangneung
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h
9
Seoul
— 8 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Zurich

9
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hallim Park and Spirited Garden. Get in touch with nature at Hamdeok Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Jeju Aerospace Museum, Yongmeori Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest, get a taste of the local shopping with Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema, kick back and relax at Sehwa Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Jeju Museum of War History & Peace.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jeju tour planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Jeju is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Jeju due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon and Suncheon Hyanggyo. Popular historic sites such as Nagan Eupseong Folk Village and Hwaeomsa Temple are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 (in Gurye-gun) and Namwon Manboksaji (in Namwon). There's more to do: walk around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Suncheon tour itinerary tool.

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. In Juni, daily temperatures in Suncheon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gurye-gun, Namwon Manboksaji, Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon
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Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 ©
Saseongam Temple 四聖庵
Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon ©
Nagan Eupseong Folk Village ©
Nagan Eupseong Folk Village

4
nights
Gongju

Gongju ©
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gungnamji Pond and Muryeong Wangreung Exhibition Hall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gongsanseong and Busosanseong. Venture out of the city with trips to Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan) and Buyeo-gun (Buyeo National Museum, Nakhwaam Rock, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Magoksa Temple, examine the collection at Gongju National Museum, and steep yourself in history at Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gongju trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Suncheon to Gongju. When traveling from Suncheon in Juni, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gongju: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hapcheon-Gun.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Buyeo-gun, Gwanchoksa Temple
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Gongsanseong ©
Gongsanseong
Buyeo National Museum
Buyeo National Museum
Gwanchoksa Temple ©
Gwanchoksa Temple

2
nights
Hapcheon-Gun

Hapcheon-Gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haeinsa, and then admire the natural beauty at Gayasan Wildflower Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Baram Hunjuk Misulkwan, look for all kinds of wild species at Upo Wetland, and then admire the masterpieces at Daegaya Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Hapcheon-Gun trip itinerary app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gongju to Hapcheon-Gun. In Juni in Hapcheon-Gun, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hapcheon-Gun

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Goryeong-gun, Upo Wetland, Gayasan Wildflower Botanical Garden
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Upo Wetland ©
Upo Wetland
Haeinsa ©
Haeinsa

8
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Yeojwacheon Stream and Surowangbi-reung. Get a sense of the local culture at UN Memorial Cemetery and Beomeosa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Geoje (Oedo Botania & Hakdong Mongdol Beach) and Miryang City Museum (in Miryang). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Songjeong Beach, and get great views at Taejongdae.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hapcheon-Gun to Busan. When traveling from Hapcheon-Gun in Juni, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Geoje, Surowangbi-reung, Miryang City Museum, Yeojwacheon Stream
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cheonmachong Tomb and Bulguksa Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gyeongju Historic Area and Donghwasa. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Bangokji (in Gyeongsan), Sanghwa Yi's Old House (in Daegu) and Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, steep yourself in history at Oksan Seowon, and explore the activities along Anapji Pond.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In Juli in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ulsan, Daegu, Eunhaesa Temple, Bangokji
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hahoe Mask Museum and Andong Folk Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Buseoksa Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Cheongsong-gun (Jusanji Pond & Juwangsan National Park), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Gosu Cave (in Danyang-gun). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Dosanseowon Confucian School, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, explore the striking landscape at Buyongdae, and wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon).

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Andong trip itinerary site.

Take a bus from Gyeongju to Andong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Juli in Andong sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gangneung.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yeongju, Cheongsong-gun, Cheongnyangsa Temple, Gosu Cave
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy ©
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

6
nights
Gangneung

Gangneung ©
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gyeongpo Beach and Ulsanbawi Rock. Get a sense of the local culture at Naksansa Temple and Woljeongsa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gangneung: Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun), Seoraksan National Park (in Sokcho) and Donghae (Mureung Valley & Chuam Beach). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Ojukheon, trek along Jeongdong-Simgok Badabuchae-gil Trail, get outside with Gangmun Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Jumunjin Breakwater.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gangneung online holiday planner.

You can drive from Andong to Gangneung in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Donghae, Yangyang-gun, Sokcho, Woljeongsa, Baekdamsa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

8
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.
Get some cultural insight at Gyeongbokgung Palace and DMZ Haemaru Village. Get outdoors at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Korean Folk Village (in Yongin) and Suwon (Janganmun Gate & Hwaseong Fortress). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, take a stroll through Insadong, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul holiday planner.

You can take a train from Gangneung to Seoul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Juli in Seoul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Suwon, Korean Folk Village, DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

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