29 days in South Korea Itinerary

29 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip itinerary planner
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Daejeon
— 4 nights
Train
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Busan — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Haeundae Beach, get engrossed in the history at Bokcheon Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Busan trip planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Busan is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Taipei Standard Time (CST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. In July, Busan is a bit cooler than Taipei - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 4 nights

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daegu (Seomun Market & Donghwasa) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, cool off at Gyeongju California Beach Water Park, and steep yourself in history at Seokguram.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Gyeongju road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 4 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Change things up with these side-trips from Daejeon: Garden of Sky (in Geumsan-gun), Buyeo-gun (Busosanseong Fortress & Buyeo National Museum) and Beopjusa Temple (in Boeun-gun). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Cheongju National Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Daejeon visit planning site.

You can take a train from Gyeongju to Daejeon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Daejeon, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Seoul.
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Seoul — 5 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, explore the activities along Cheonggyecheon Stream, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, and make a trip to Jongmyo Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seoul tour builder website.

You can take a train from Daejeon to Seoul in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Seoul, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 4 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum (in Gangneung) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley, Uisangdae, &more). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa Temple.

Make your Sokcho itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 7 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Hamdeok Beach, kick back and relax at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, and walk around Handam Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Sokcho to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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