43 days in South Korea Itinerary

43 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Gunsan
— 2 nights
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Gochang-gun
— 1 night
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Namwon
— 1 night
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Jinan-gun
— 1 night
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Daejeon
— 1 night
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Andong
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
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Seoul
— 6 nights
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Seoul — 6 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like DMZ Haemaru Village and Icheon Ceramics Village. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gwanghwamun Gate and Myeong-dong Cathedral. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Nami Island (in Chuncheon), Korea National Arboretum (in Pocheon) and Icheon Termeden (in Icheon). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, steep yourself in history at Baek In-je's House, take a stroll through Itaewon, and stop by Garosu-gil.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Seoul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Singapore to Seoul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Seoul is slightly colder than Singapore - with highs of 26°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
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Sokcho — 4 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Escape the urban bustle at Seoraksan National Park and Ulsanbawi Rock. Do some cultural sightseeing at Naksansa Temple and Sinheungsa Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Gangneung (Jeongdongjin Beach & Gyeongpo Beach) and Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Sokcho Central Market.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sokcho trip website.

Getting from Seoul to Sokcho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Sokcho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Gunsan.
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Gunsan — 2 nights

Gunsan is a city in North Jeolla Province, South Korea. On the 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Chowon Studio, contemplate the waterfront views at Eunpa Lake Park, and then make a trip to Dongguksa Temple. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Buyeo Jeongnimsaji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Busosanseong Fortress, and then contemplate the long history of Gungnamji Pond.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gunsan trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Sokcho to Gunsan in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sokcho in September: highs in Gunsan hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gochang-gun.
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Gochang-gun — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunsa Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Gochangeupseong Fortress.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gochang-gun travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gunsan to Gochang-gun. September in Gochang-gun sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Namwon.
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Namwon — 1 night

Namwon is a city in North Jeolla Province, South Korea. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Silsangsa Temple, don't miss a visit to Namwon Confucian School, and then get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Namwon trip builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gochang-gun to Namwon. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jinan-gun.
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Jinan-gun — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Statue of Peace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tapsa Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maisan.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jinan-gun attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Namwon to Jinan-gun. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 1 night

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): snap pictures at Expo Bridge, engage your brain at Expo Park, then identify plant and animal life at Hanbat Arboretum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Daejeon Museum of Art.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Daejeon online route builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jinan-gun to Daejeon. Traveling from Jinan-gun in September, you will find days in Daejeon are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Andong.
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Andong — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Byeongsan Seowon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Museom Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and then take a stroll through Andong Folk Village.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Andong online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Daejeon to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Bomun Lake. Visit Bulguksa Temple and Cheonmachong Tomb for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Donghwasa (in Daegu) and Boksoondoga (in Ulsan). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram, make a trip to Daereungwon Tomb Complex, contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju online trip maker.

You can drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Busan.
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Busan — 7 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Popular historic sites such as Haedong Yonggungsa and Yeongdo Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Busan Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, kick back and relax at Songjeong Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll around Yongdusan Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Busan road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 6 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.
You've added Songaksan Mountain, Udo Island Lighthouse Park, Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Manjanggul Cave and Halla Mountain. Relax by the water at Hamdeok Beach and Gwakji Gwamul Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Gasiri Wind Power Plant, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Spend the 16th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, take in the history at Seongeup Folk Village, and make a trip to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road).

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jeju trip planner.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Busan in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Jeju. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul — 6 nights

Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park will get you outdoors. Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Suwon Jeil Church in Suwon--about 1h 10 min away. See some other sides of Seoul: take a stroll through Insadong, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea, brush up on your military savvy at The War Memorial of Korea, and admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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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Jeollabuk-do travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in mountains and sea, rivers and fertile fields, Jeollabuk-do offers plenty of attractions for nature lovers and foodies. This small southwestern province features snow-capped peaks with ski slopes and a World Heritage-listed biosphere preserve adjacent to beaches from where you can go island-hopping. Tourism in Jeollabuk-do focuses on its archeological heritage, pristine nature, and healing food and sports tours set in royal palaces and pavilions. Visit prehistoric World Heritage-listed megalithic sites, tour villages with traditional hanok houses, and make time on your trip to Jeollabuk-do to sample spicy pond loach stew or bibimbap, a mixed rice dish.
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