46 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Gongju
— 2 nights
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Andong
— 5 nights
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Gangneung
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Busan
— 5 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Namdaemun Market and Creative Life Store KEY. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, stroll through Cheonggyecheon Stream, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

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Vancouver, Canada to Seoul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in May, with highs in Seoul at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Gongju.
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Gongju — 2 nights

Gongju, also spelt Kongju, is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea.HistoryGongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nakhwaam Rock, then contemplate the long history of Busosanseong Fortress, and then steep yourself in history at Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gapsa temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple, and then get engrossed in the history at SeokJangNi Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gongju day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seoul to Gongju. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gongju when traveling from Seoul in May, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Andong.
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Andong — 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Buseoksa Temple and Sosuseowon Confucian Academy. Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun), Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun) and Gunwi Buddha Triad Grotto (2nd Seokguram) (in Gunwi-gun). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Byeongsan Seowon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Andong trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gongju to Andong. Traveling from Gongju in May, you will find days in Andong are little chillier (18°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gangneung.
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Gangneung — 4 nights

A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gyeongpo Beach and Chuam Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Ulsanbawi Rock and Jeongdongjin Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gangneung: Naksansa Temple (in Yangyang-gun), Woljeongsa Temple (in Pyeongchang-gun) and Seoraksan National Park (in Sokcho). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Ojukheon.

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Traveling by car from Andong to Gangneung takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cheonmachong Tomb and Gyeongju Historic Area. Get a sense of the local culture at Bulguksa Temple and Eunhaesa Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Daegu (Seomun Market & Donghwasa). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Gangneung to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Busan.
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Busan — 5 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Visit Beomeosa Temple and Haedong Yonggungsa for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at UN Memorial Cemetery and Bokcheon Museum. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Dadaepo Beach, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, walk around Dongbaekseom, and enjoy the sand and surf at Songdo Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Busan trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Gyeongju to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in June, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saseongam Temple 四聖庵, then steep yourself in history at Suncheon Hyanggyo, and then get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Seonamsa Seongbo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Suncheon trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Busan to Suncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Busan in June: highs in Suncheon hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 15 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'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hamdeok Beach and Woljeongri Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Haenyeo Museum and Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeongbang Waterfall, &more). Spend the 19th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Bijarim Forest, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, trek along Hallasan, and get outside with Saryeoni Forest Path.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Jeju visit planner.

You can fly from Suncheon to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) 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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