55 days in South Korea Itinerary

55 days in South Korea Itinerary

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55 days in South Korea Itinerary

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
Drive + Fly:  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 Trickeye Museum Busan, Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gimhae National Museum and National Maritime Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Junam Reservoir and Tongdosa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gimhae (Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun & Tomb of King Suro) and Changwon (Yeojwacheon Stream & Paryongsan Doltab). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Geumjeongsan Mountain, make a trip to Haeundae Cinema Street, view the masterpieces at Gallery 604, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Busan trip itinerary tool .

Cebu City, Philippines to Busan is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cebu City to Busan 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 toSuncheon.

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nagan Eupseong Folk Village and Hwaeomsa Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Geumdunsa Temple and Suncheon Japanese Castle. There's still lots to do: walk around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, kick back and relax at Waon Beach, steep yourself in history at Suncheon Hyanggyo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Suncheon online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Busan to Suncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Busan in October, expect nights in Suncheon to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. 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.
Get in touch with nature at Gyeongju Bird Park and Gyeongju National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Cheonmachong Tomb and Cheomseongdae Observatory. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon, contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Golgulsa Temple.

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

You can drive from Suncheon to Gyeongju in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Yiyuksa Munhakgwan and Hahoe Mask Museum. Get in touch with nature at Woraksan National Park and Sobaeksan National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Yeongju Museom Village (in Yeongju), Mungyeong Museum of Coal (in Mungyeong) and Gounsa Temple (in Uiseong-gun). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, see the interesting displays at Yugyo Munhwa Museum, wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), and steep yourself in history at Imcheonggak House.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Andong online tour planner .

You can take a bus from Gyeongju to Andong in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Andong, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Andong

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sobaeksan National Park, Mungyeong Museum of Coal, Yeongju Museom Village, Gounsa Temple, Woraksan National Park
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daegwallyeong Pure Sheep Ranch and Jangneung. Get in touch with nature at Lee Hyo Seok Literature Forest and Gosu Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Pyeongchang-gun side-trips: Yeongwol-gun (Korean Peninsula-shaped Cliffs (Seonam Village) & Byeolmaro Observatory) and Yangbaek Waterfall (in Danyang-gun). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Pyeongchang Olympic Market.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pyeongchang-gun trip planner .

Traveling by car from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Andong in October, you will find days in Pyeongchang-gun are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (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
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Gosu Cave ©
Gosu Cave
Jangneung ©
Jangneung

5
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ulsanbawi Rock and Bongpo Beach. Get outdoors at Seoraksan National Park and Songjiho Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sokcho: The 4th Tunnel (in Yanggu-gun), Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple, Osaek Carbonated Hot Springs, & more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Abai Village, see the interesting displays at Teddy Bear Museum Seorak, Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, and take in the pleasant sights at Cheonjin Beach.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sokcho road trip planner.

Drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. October in Sokcho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Goseong-gun, Yangyang-gun, Baekdamsa Temple, The 4th Tunnel
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Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park

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.
Popular historic sites such as Pungsuwon Catholic Church and Yongmunsa Temple are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum and World Oncheon. Change things up with these side-trips from Chuncheon: The 2nd Tunnel (in Cheorwon-gun), Silleuksa Temple (in Yeoju-si) and Hongcheon-gun (Alpaca World & Sutasa Temple). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, examine the collection at Gangwondo Forest Museum, take an in-depth tour of Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War, and wander the streets of Kim You-jeong House of Literature.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chuncheon day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 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 enough time to drive to Paju.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hongcheon-gun, Pungsuwon Catholic Church, The 2nd Tunnel, Silleuksa Temple, Yongmunsa Temple
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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).
On the 29th (Tue), steep yourself in history at The Third Tunnel. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Hanwha Aqua Planet Ilsan, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ilsan Lake Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paju trip planner.

Drive from Chuncheon to Paju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or take a subway. Traveling from Chuncheon in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Paju, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Seoul.

Things to do in Paju

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Goyang
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
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Ilsan Lake Park ©
Ilsan Lake Park
The Third Tunnel ©
The Third Tunnel
Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang ©
Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang

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.
Bring the kids along to Everland and Seoul Grand Park. Visiting Bukhansan National Park and Mulhyanggi Arboretum will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Singu Daehak Arboretum (in Seongnam), Suwon (Dongbukgongsimdon, Hwaseong Fortress, & more) and Korean Folk Village (in Yongin). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, and take an in-depth tour of Seodaemun Prison History Hall.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Paju to Seoul in an hour. Other options are to take a subway; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Seoul are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Incheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Incheon

Incheon ©
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hyeonchungsa Shrine and National Institute of Biological Resources. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Masian Beach and Dapdong Cathedral of St. Paul. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Incheon: Gwangmyeong Cave (in Gwangmyeong) and Bucheon Natural Ecological Park (in Bucheon). There's more to do: look for gifts at Square 1 and take in the history at Deokjinjin Fortress.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Incheon trip planner.

Incheon is very close to Seoul. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. 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

Bucheon Natural Ecological Park, Gwangmyeong Cave, Hyeonchungsa Shrine
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Gwangmyeong Cave ©
Gwangmyeong Cave
Hyeonchungsa Shrine ©
Hyeonchungsa Shrine

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