32 days in East Asia Itinerary

32 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Yangyang International Airport, Drive to Sokcho
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 10 nights
Fly
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Jeju
— 5 nights
Fly
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Busan
— 4 nights
Train
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Daegu
— 2 nights
Train
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Seoul
— 7 nights
Fly

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Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Popular historic sites such as Naksansa Temple and Uisangdae are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The 4th Tunnel and National Mountain Museum. Step out of Sokcho to go to Inje-gun and see Baekdamsa Temple, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sokcho Central Market.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sokcho trip itinerary app.

Tokyo, Japan to Sokcho is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 10 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Seodaemun Prison History Hall and Trickeye Museum Seoul will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Seoul to go to Suwon and see Hwaseong Fortress, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, see the interesting displays at Grevin Museum, admire the masterpieces at Leeum Art Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Seoul are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju — 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seongeup Folk Village and Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hallasan and Dongmun Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Kim Younggap Gallery Dumoak & O’sulloc Tea Museum). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Samseonghyeol, take in the exciting artwork at The Islander, examine the collection at Drama World, and take an in-depth tour of Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju route planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Busan.
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Busan — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Popular historic sites such as Beomeosa Temple and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gimhae National Museum and Trick Eye Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Yeongnamlu (in Miryang) and Gimhae (Tomb of King Suro & Daeseong-dong Ancient Tomb). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, stroll around Yongdusan Park, look for gifts at Kiel Lotte Gwangbok Store, and make a trip to Samgwangsa Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Busan vacation planner.

Fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Daegu.
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Daegu — 2 nights

The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Seomun Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheongna Hill, then see the interesting displays at Sanghwa Yi's Old House, and finally browse the different shops at Hyundai Department Store Daegu.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Daegu day trip site.

You can take a train from Busan to Daegu in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Busan in May, you will find days in Daegu are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Seoul.
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Seoul — 7 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Hwaseong Haenggung Palace and Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tomb. National Museum of Korea and Arario Museum in Space will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to National Gwacheon Science Museum (in Gwacheon), Suwon (Janganmun Gate & Dongbukgongsimdon) and Hoam Art Museum (in Yongin). See even more of Seoul: admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Seoul National Cemetery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kwangjang Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seoul Central Mosque.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seoul tour planner.

Getting from Daegu to Seoul by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Daegu in May, plan for slightly colder days in Seoul, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Wed) before leaving for home.
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