59 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 15 nights
Fly to Muan International Airport, Drive to Gochang-gun
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Gochang-gun
— 1 night
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Cheongju
— 2 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Andong
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Chuncheon
— 5 nights
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Seoul
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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.
Visiting Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Head to Dongmun Market and The Islanderfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Teddy Bear Museum Jeju, Yakchunsa Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach, trek along Hallasan, examine the collection at Haenyeo Museum, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

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

Charlotte, USA to Jeju is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gochang-gun.
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Gochang-gun — 1 night

On the 18th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Gochangeupseong Fortress, delve into the distant past at Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunsa Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gochang-gun online trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Jeju to Gochang-gun with the Route module. In June, daytime highs in Gochang-gun are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Cheongju.
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Cheongju — 2 nights

Cheongju is the capital and largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea.HistoryCheongju has been an important provincial town since ancient times.During Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea, Cheongju was the site of the Battle of Chongju, during which the Korean forces re-took the city from the Japanese forces in an important early victory.The government of the province relocated here from Chungju in 1908.The opening of the Chungbuk-line in 1926 sparked regional development. On the 19th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Cheongju Early Printing Museum, then go for a walk through Sangdangsanseong Fortress, and then get engrossed in the history at Cheongju National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Dugguhbi Saengtae Munhwagwan, contemplate the long history of Cheongnamdae, and then take in the exciting artwork at Musim Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cheongju trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gochang-gun to Cheongju. Traveling from Gochang-gun in June, expect nights in Cheongju to be little chillier, around 63°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 5 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Currency Museum and Buyeo National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Gyeonggijeon Shrine and Gapsa temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Daejeon: Gongju (Gongju National Museum & Magoksa Temple), Jeonju Hanok Village (in Jeonju) and Boeun-gun (Songnisan National Park & Beopjusa Temple). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Busosanseong Fortress and view the masterpieces at Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Daejeon road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Cheongju to Daejeon with the Route module. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Andong.
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Andong — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sainam Rock and Juwangsan National Park. Get some historical perspective at Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Bongjeongsa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Andong: Sosuseowon Confucian Academy (in Yeongju) and Danyang-gun (Guinsa Temple & Gosu Cave). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Okyeonjeongsa House.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Andong travel route website.

Getting from Daejeon to Andong by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Daejeon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Andong, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cheonmachong Tomb and Bulguksa Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Gyeongju Historic Area and Gyeongju National Museum. Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden (in Ulsan) and Daegu (Seomun Market & Donghwasa). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, pause for some photo ops at Daereungwon Tomb Complex, take an in-depth tour of Shilla Arts and Science Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju travel planner.

Drive from Andong to Gyeongju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to 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.
Get in touch with nature at Songdo Beach and Bongnaesan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beomeosa Temple and UN Memorial Cemetery. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, don't miss a visit to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and get outside with Songjeong Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Busan road trip website.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can fly to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 4 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naksansa Temple and Baekdamsa Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ojukheon and Sinheungsa Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun) and Jeongdongjin Beach (in Gangneung). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. It doesn't end there: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock and admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sokcho day trip tool.

You can fly from Busan to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chuncheon.
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Chuncheon — 5 nights

The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cheonjugyo Pungsuwon Catholic Church and Chuncheon Art Gallery. Visit Sangwonsa and Cheongpyeongsa for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chuncheon: Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall (in Pyeongchang-gun), Wonju (Park Kyongni Literature Park & Guryongsa Temple) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park, examine the collection at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum, admire the natural beauty at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, and head off the coast to Nami Island.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Chuncheon trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Sokcho to Chuncheon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 10 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Mario outletfor plenty of shopping. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace & Hwaseong Fortress), Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ Haemaru Village) and MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (in Gwacheon). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, browse the exhibits of Seodaemun Prison History Hall, and admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul route app.

Getting from Chuncheon to Seoul by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) 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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