54 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 10 nights
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Buyeo-gun
— 4 nights
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Gochang-gun
— 2 nights
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Gurye-gun
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Gyeongju
— 6 nights
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Andong
— 6 nights
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Gangneung
— 6 nights
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Seoul
— 9 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 10 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.
Visit Gwaneumsa Temple and Bulsari Tapsa Temple for their historical value. Visit Hamdeok Beach and Gwakji Gwamul Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach, head outdoors with Iho Tewoo Beach, wander the streets of Black Pork Street, and admire the masterpieces at Jeju Folk Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip itinerary builder tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Jeju is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to fly to Buyeo-gun.
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Buyeo-gun — 4 nights

Get some historical perspective at Magoksa Temple and Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress. You'll explore and learn at Buyeo National Museum and Baekje History Reproduction Complex. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buyeo-gun: Gongju (Gapsa temple, Gongju National Museum, &more).

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Buyeo-gun attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Buyeo-gun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, train, and bus. In November, daytime highs in Buyeo-gun are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gochang-gun.
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Gochang-gun — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Naejangsan National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Gochangeupseong Fortress, then delve into the distant past at Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunsa Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gochang-gun attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Buyeo-gun to Gochang-gun with the Route module. Traveling from Buyeo-gun in November, you will find days in Gochang-gun are slightly colder (11°C), and nights are a bit warmer (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gurye-gun.
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Gurye-gun — 2 nights

On the 30th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hwaeomsa Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion, and then make a trip to Namwon Confucian School. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hwagae Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ssanggyesa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saseongam Temple 四聖庵.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gurye-gun road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gochang-gun to Gurye-gun. Traveling from Gochang-gun in November, things will get a bit cooler in Gurye-gun: highs are around 7°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel 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.
Visit Haedong Yonggungsa and Beomeosa Temple for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Busan Gamcheon Culture Village and Provisional Capital Memorial Hall. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, get outside with Gwangalli Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Busan trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Gurye-gun to Busan with the Route module. Traveling from Gurye-gun in December, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 6 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.
Popular historic sites such as Bulguksa Temple and Cheonmachong Tomb are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seokguram and Donghwasa. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Seoknamsa Temple (in Ulsan), Daegu (Sanghwa Yi's Old House & Seomun Market) and Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bunhwangsa Temple, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, and get in on the family fun at Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju trip planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in December: highs in Gyeongju hover around 3°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Andong.
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Andong — 6 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.
Hahoe Mask Museum and Andong Folk Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Buseoksa Temple and Cheongnyangsa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Andong: Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (in Mungyeong), Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun) and Sosuseowon Confucian Academy (in Yeongju). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa, contemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School, and wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Andong trip planner.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gangneung.
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Gangneung — 6 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.
Let the collections at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum and Haslla Art World capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naksansa Temple and Woljeongsa Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Gangneung side-trips: Seoraksan National Park (in Sokcho), Donghae (Chuam Beach & Mangsang Beach) and Osaek Jujeongol Valley (in Yangyang-gun). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Jeongdongjin Beach, walk around Tongil Park (Unification Park), get outside with Sacheonjin Beach, and examine the collection at Daegwallyeong Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gangneung trip builder website.

You can drive from Andong to Gangneung in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 9 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. Museum-lovers will get to explore Leeum Art Museum and National Folk Museum of Korea. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace & Suwon Jeil Church). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Bukchon Hanok Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple, don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Seoul road trip site.

Drive from Gangneung to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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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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