59 days in South Korea Itinerary

59 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Jeonju
— 6 nights
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Suncheon
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 19 nights
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Gangneung
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 6 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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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.
When in Seoul, make a side trip to see DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, approximately Paju away. Pack the 28th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and explore the world behind art at Seoul Arts Center.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul online vacation planner.

El Paso, USA to Seoul is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 16 hour difference. While traveling from El Paso, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 41°F to lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jeonju.
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Jeonju — 6 nights

If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeonju: Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun), Daejeon (National Science Museum, Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, &more) and Gochangeupseong Fortress (in Gochang-gun). There's much more to do: make a trip to Jeonju Hanok Village, take an in-depth tour of Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, steep yourself in history at Buyeo Jeongnimsaji Temple, and take a peaceful walk through Daedunsan Natural Recreation Forest.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jeonju trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Seoul to Jeonju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Jeonju can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Suncheon: Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun), 5.18 Memorial Park (in Gwangju) and Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Boriam Temple, head off the coast to Odongdo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geumdunsa Temple, and stroll around Jukdobong Park.

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You can drive from Jeonju to Suncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Jeonju in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 43°F in Suncheon. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 19 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Sarabong Park, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, and take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju road trip planning tool.

Getting from Suncheon to Jeju by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gangneung: Pyeongchang-gun (Woljeongsa Temple & Phoenix Snow Park), Sokcho (Seoraksan National Park & Cheoksan Foot Spa Park) and Donghae (Chuam Beach & Mangsang Beach). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Osaek Jujeongol Valley, get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, examine the collection at Daegwallyeong Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gyeongpo Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gangneung trip builder site.

You can fly from Jeju to Gangneung in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.
Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Ulsan (Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden, Ulsan Daegok Museum, &more), Daegu (Daemyung Oil Reservoir, Seomun Market, &more) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gangneung to Gyeongju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive 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.
Step out of Busan with an excursion to Oedo Botania in Geoje--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in April, expect nights in Busan to be slightly colder, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can 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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