36 days in South Korea Itinerary

36 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea sightseeing planner
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Busan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
Train
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
Train
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Seoul
— 8 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 3 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: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, get outside with Gwangalli Beach, snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Busan travel itinerary planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Busan is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Taipei Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Taipei in July, expect Busan to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Daegu (Seomun Market & Donghwasa) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, contemplate the long history of Seokguram, and cool off at Gyeongju California Beach Water Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju tour planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 5 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Get out of town with these interesting Daejeon side-trips: Garden of Sky (in Geumsan-gun), Gapsa temple (in Gongju) and Beopjusa Temple (in Boeun-gun). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, look and learn at Daejeon Observatory, and take in the awesome beauty at Maninsan Mountain.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Daejeon trip maker app.

You can take a train from Gyeongju to Daejeon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Daejeon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Seoul.
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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 5th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul sightseeing site.

Getting from Daejeon to Seoul by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 4 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley, Naksansa Temple, &more) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: cool off at Seorak Waterpia and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sokcho journey planner.

Drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pyeongchang-gun.
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Pyeongchang-gun — 3 nights

A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pyeongchang-gun: Guinsa Temple (in Danyang-gun), Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangwonsa and get to know the resident critters at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

Plan my day in Pyeongchang-gun using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Sokcho to Pyeongchang-gun in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly 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, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, step off the mainland to explore Udo, delve into the lush surroundings at Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, and explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju road trip planning website.

Getting from Pyeongchang-gun to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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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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