39 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Fly to Gimpo International Airport, Drive to Siheung
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Siheung
— 2 nights
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Seongnam
— 2 nights
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Suwon
— 4 nights
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Pyeongtaek
— 1 night
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Sejong
— 2 nights
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Namwon
— 2 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Geoje
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Pohang
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 1 night
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Siheung — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): Head underground at Gwangmyeong Cave, then learn more about the world around you at Bucheon Natural Ecological Park, and then stroll around Sangdong Lake Park. Keep things going the next day: get some fabulous bargains at Siheung Premium Outlets, visit a coastal fixture at Oido Red Lighthouse, and then stroll around Gaetgol Eco Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Siheung trip planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Siheung is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Sofia to Siheung due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sofia in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Siheung. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seongnam.
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Seongnam — 2 nights

On the 20th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Seoul Grand Park and then stop by Jeongja-dong Cafe Street. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at National Gwacheon Science Museum, find something for the whole family at Seoul Land, and then explore the world behind art at MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Seongnam trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Siheung to Seongnam with the Route module. August in Seongnam sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Suwon.
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Suwon — 4 nights

City of Filial Piety

The city of Suwon lies close to the country's capital, and brings in visitors on day trips, mainly to see its old city walls.
Explore Suwon's surroundings by going to Yongin (Jukjeon Cafe Street, Caribbean Bay, &more). Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Korean Folk Village. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Hwaseong Fortress, steep yourself in history at Hwahongmun Gate, and appreciate the history behind UN Forces First Battle Memorial.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Suwon itinerary planning website.

Suwon is just a short distance from Seongnam. In August, daytime highs in Suwon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pyeongtaek.
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Pyeongtaek — 1 night

On the 26th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seongbulsa Temple, browse the different shops at Shinjang Shopping Mall, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Buraksan.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pyeongtaek day trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Suwon to Pyeongtaek with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Pyeongtaek are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Sejong.
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Sejong — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Sejong Lake Park, then get in on the family fun at Beartree Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Unjusanseong Fortress. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Sangsoo's Herbland and then get a new perspective on nature at Forest Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sejong sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pyeongtaek to Sejong. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Namwon.
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Namwon — 2 nights

Namwon is a city in North Jeolla Province, South Korea. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Silsangsa Temple, then get in on the family fun at Chunhyang Theme Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Namwon trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sejong to Namwon. When traveling from Sejong in August, plan for slightly colder days in Namwon, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 2 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suncheon: Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun), Mudeungsan National Park (in Gwangju) and Yeosu (Dolsan Park & Odongdo). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, explore the historical opulence of Imjinseong Fortress, and steep yourself in history at Suncheon Hyanggyo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Suncheon road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Namwon to Suncheon. In August, daily temperatures in Suncheon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Geoje.
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Geoje — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll through Yi Sun-shin Park, then don't miss a visit to Dongpirang Mural Village, and then trek along Mireuksan Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Hakdong Mongdol Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Oedo Botania.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Geoje trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Suncheon to Geoje in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Geoje are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Busan.
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Busan — 6 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: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, get great views at Taejongdae, and hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Busan online trip builder.

Drive from Geoje to Busan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pohang.
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Pohang — 2 nights

Pohang is a city in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, and a main seaport in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Seokguram, then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Royal Tomb of King Jinpyeong. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, then contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pohang planning tool.

Getting from Busan to Pohang by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Busan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Pohang, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Andong.
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Andong — 1 night

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then steep yourself in history at Byeongsan Seowon.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Andong travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pohang to Andong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Andong are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Danyang-gun (Dodamsambong Peaks, Gosu Cave, &more) and Museum SAN (in Wonju). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Woljeongsa Temple, wander the wide-open spaces of Daegwanryeong Yangtte Ranch, cool off at Ocean 700, and get outside with Phoenix Snow Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pyeongchang-gun trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. September in Pyeongchang-gun sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 7 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 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: make a trip to N Seoul Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and visit Insadong.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Seoul travel route planner.

Drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Pyeongchang-gun in September, with highs in Seoul at 26°C and lows at 25°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Mon).
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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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