59 days in South Korea Itinerary

59 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary planner

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Seoul
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Gongju
— 3 nights
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Cheongju
— 3 nights
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Donghae
— 3 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 6 nights
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Chuncheon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Gyeongju
— 6 nights
Drive
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Busan
— 7 nights
Fly
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 13 nights
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Seoul

— 8 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.
Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Myeong-dong Cathedral, wander the streets of Insadong, and stroll through Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seoul sightseeing planner.

Lyon, France to Seoul is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Lyon to Seoul. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lyon in January; daily highs in Seoul reach 1°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 10:

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gongju: Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan) and Buyeo National Museum (in Buyeo-gun). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gapsa temple, take an in-depth tour of SeokJangNi Museum, and see the interesting displays at Gongju National Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Gongju trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Seoul to Gongju with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Gongju are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Cheongju

— 3 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Cheongju: Jincheon Nongdari Bridge (in Jincheon-gun), Anseong Namsadang Training Center (in Anseong) and Beopjusa Temple (in Boeun-gun). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gagwonsa Temple, contemplate the long history of Cheongnamdae, and get engrossed in the history at Cheongju National Museum.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Gongju to Cheongju. January in Cheongju sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Cheongju

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Donghae

— 3 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Donghae: Samcheok (Daegeumgul & Hwanseongul Cave) and Jeongseon Hwaam Cave (in Jeongseon-gun).

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Donghae travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cheongju to Donghae. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

Pyeongchang-gun

— 6 nights
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Get out of town with these interesting Pyeongchang-gun side-trips: High1 Ski Resort (in Jeongseon-gun), Yeongju (Buseoksa Temple & Sosuseowon Confucian Academy) and Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Phoenix Snow Park, take a peaceful walk through Lee Hyo Seok Literature Forest, don't miss a visit to Hyo-seok Culture Village, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangwonsa.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pyeongchang-gun trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Donghae to Pyeongchang-gun. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:

Chuncheon

— 4 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chuncheon: Sutasa Temple (in Hongcheon-gun) and Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon (in Pocheon). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Nami Island, admire the sheer force of Gugok Pokpo, appreciate the history behind Statue of Peace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa.

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You can drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sokcho: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Jeongdongjin Beach (in Gangneung) and Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple, Osaek Jujeongol Valley, &more). Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sokcho visit planning tool.

You can drive from Chuncheon to Sokcho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:

Gyeongju

— 6 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.
Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan), Seomun Market (in Daegu) and Ulsan (Seoknamsa Temple, Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju planner.

You can fly from Sokcho to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:

Busan

— 7 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step out of Busan to go to Gimhae and see Gimhae National Museum, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, walk around Yongdusan Park, and stroll through Gwangalli Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Busan travel route planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in February: highs in Busan hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 15:

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 13 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, O’sulloc Tea Museum, &more). Spend the 16th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum, walk around Sarabong Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jeju trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 28:

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.