55 days in South Korea Itinerary

55 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly:  6 h
1
Busan
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Suncheon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Gyeongju
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Andong
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Pyeongchang-gun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Sokcho
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Chuncheon
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Paju
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
9
Seoul
— 15 nights
Drive:  30 min
10
Incheon
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h 45 min
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

7
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trick Eye Museum, Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yeojwacheon Stream and Tongdosa Temple. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jagalchi Market and Gallery 604. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gimhae (Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun, Gimhae National Museum, &more) and Changwon (Paryongsan Doltab & Junam Reservoir). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Geumjeongsan Mountain, view the masterpieces at Tower Gallery, and learn about all things military at National Maritime Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Busan road trip website.

Cebu City, Philippines to Busan is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cebu City in September: high temperatures in Busan hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you're off to Suncheon.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gimhae, Changwon, Tongdosa Temple
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Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

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 some historical perspective at Nagan Eupseong Folk Village and Songgwangsa Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Waon Beach and Geumdunsa Temple. Step out of Suncheon to go to Gurye-gun and see Hwaeomsa Temple, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: walk around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, gain insight at Suncheon Hyanggyo, explore the historical opulence of Suncheon Japanese Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Suncheon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Busan to Suncheon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Busan in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Suncheon: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Hwaeomsa Temple
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Seonamsa Temple ©
Seonamsa Temple
Nagan Eupseong Folk Village ©
Nagan Eupseong Folk Village
Geumdunsa Temple ©
Geumdunsa Temple

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cheonmachong Tomb and Golgulsa Temple are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Anapji Pond and Gyeongju National Park. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Gyerim Forest, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Suncheon to Gyeongju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Submerged Tomb of King Munmu
Submerged Tomb of King Munmu
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

5
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.
Get outdoors at Woraksan National Park and Sobaeksan National Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Imcheonggak House. Venture out of the city with trips to Gounsa Temple (in Uiseong-gun), Mungyeong Museum of Coal (in Mungyeong) and Museom Village (in Yeongju). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Confucian Culture Museum and wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon).

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Andong planning tool.

You can take a bus from Gyeongju to Andong in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Andong

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Woraksan National Park, Gounsa Temple, Sobaeksan National Park, Mungyeong Museum of Coal, Museom Village
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
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Sobaeksan National Park ©
Sobaeksan National Park
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Woraksan National Park ©
Woraksan National Park

3
nights
Pyeongchang-gun

Pyeongchang-gun ©
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Bring the kids along to Gosu Cave and Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang. Byeolmaro Observatory and Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pyeongchang-gun: Yangbaek Waterfall (in Danyang-gun) and Yeongwol-gun (Korean Peninsula-shaped Cliffs (Seonam Village) & Jangneung). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Daegwallyeong Pure Sheep Ranch, delve into the lush surroundings at Lee Hyo Seok Literature Forest, and hunt for treasures at Pyeongchang Olympic Market.

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You can drive from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Andong, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Pyeongchang-gun, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Sokcho.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Yeongwol-gun, Danyang-gun
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Gosu Cave ©
Gosu Cave
Jangneung ©
Jangneung
Korean Peninsula-shaped Cliffs (Seonam Village) ©

5
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Step out of the city life by going to Ulsanbawi Rock and Songjiho Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Naksansa Temple and Sokcho Jungang Market. Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), The 4th Tunnel (in Yanggu-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Carbonated Hot Springs & Uisangdae). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park, Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Bongpo Beach, and take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sokcho trip planner.

You can drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sokcho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Goseong-gun, Yangyang-gun, Baekdamsa Temple, The 4th Tunnel
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:
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Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nami Island and World Oncheon. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pungsuwon Catholic Church and The 2nd Tunnel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chuncheon: Yongmunsa Temple (in Yangpyeong-gun), Hongcheon-gun (Alpaca World & Sutasa Temple) and Silleuksa Temple (in Yeoju-si). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Kim You-jeong House of Literature, examine the collection at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Chuncheon trip maker website.

Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chuncheon when traveling from Sokcho in October, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Paju.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hongcheon-gun, Yongmunsa Temple, The 2nd Tunnel, Silleuksa Temple, Pungsuwon Catholic Church
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Alpaca World ©
Alpaca World
Nami Island ©
Nami Island
The 2nd Tunnel ©
The 2nd Tunnel

2
nights
Paju

Paju ©
Northwest of the capital, Paju has become known for its cultural attractions, history, and proximity to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Third Tunnel. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Hanwha Aqua Planet Ilsan, and then explore the activities along Ilsan Lake Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paju online travel route planner.

Getting from Chuncheon to Paju by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and subway; or take a subway. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Paju when traveling from Chuncheon in October, with lows around 21°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Paju

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trip

Goyang
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Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center ©
Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center
Ilsan Lake Park ©
Ilsan Lake Park
The Third Tunnel ©
The Third Tunnel

15
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.
Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Lotte World Tower & Mall. Gyeongbokgung Palace and Grevin Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Yongin (Everland & Korean Folk Village), Mulhyanggi Arboretum (in Osan) and Suwon (Dongbukgongsimdon, Hwaseong Fortress, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Insadong, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Paju to Seoul takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Incheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Suwon, Yongin, Mulhyanggi Arboretum, Seoul Grand Park, Singu Daehak Arboretum
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 15:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul

3
nights
Incheon

Incheon ©
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Visit Hyeonchungsa Shrine and Dapdong Cathedral of St. Paul for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Masian Beach and Gwangmyeong Cave. Take a break from Incheon with a short trip to Bucheon Natural Ecological Park in Bucheon, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Institute of Biological Resources, look for gifts at Square 1, and witness the site of a historic battle at Deokjinjin Fortress.

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Incheon is very close to Seoul. In November in Incheon, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Incheon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hyeonchungsa Shrine, Gwangmyeong Cave, Bucheon Natural Ecological Park
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Gwangmyeong Cave ©
Gwangmyeong Cave
Hyeonchungsa Shrine ©
Hyeonchungsa Shrine
National Institute of Biological Resources ©
National Institute of Biological Resources

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