60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Andong
— 4 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 6 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 18 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Visit Changgyeonggung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace & Hwaseong Fortress) and Incheon (Masian Beach, Eulwangni Beach, &more). Spend the 7th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Insadong, take an in-depth tour of Seodaemun Prison History Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seoul attractions planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Seoul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Cairo in August, expect nights in Seoul to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are slightly colder, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Daejeon.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
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Daejeon — 5 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
For shopping fun, head to Seongsajinggwan or Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall. Step off the beaten path and head to Gyeonggijeon Shrine and Daecheongho Natural Ecology Center. Go for a jaunt from Daejeon to Jeonju to see Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, admire the masterpieces at Asia Museum, view the masterpieces at Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maninsan Mountain.

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You can take a train from Seoul to Daejeon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Daejeon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to take a train 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.
Beomeosa Temple and Tower Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Haedong Yonggungsa and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun. Change things up with these side-trips from Busan: Gimhae (Tomb of King Suro, Gimhae National Museum, &more), Tongdosa Temple (in Yangsan) and Tongyeong (Chungnyeolsa Temple, Jeonhyeoklim Art Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, stop by Busan China Town, don't miss a visit to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Busan attractions site.

You can take a train from Daejeon to Busan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Busan are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yeongildae Beach and Gyeongju Bird Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cheonmachong Tomb and Gyeongju National Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Pohang (The Posco Museum, Jukdo Market, &more) and Ulsan (Seoknamsa Temple, Ulsan Museum, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, get engrossed in the history at Shilla Arts and Science Museum, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, and pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in August, you will find days in Gyeongju are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive 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.
You'll explore and learn at Yiyuksa Literary Museum and Yeongju Insam Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Gounsa Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Museom Village (in Yeongju) and Mt. Chungryang Hiking trails (in Bonghwa-gun). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Andong imcheonggak, browse the eclectic array of goods at Andong Old Market, see the interesting displays at Confucian Culture Museum, and take a stroll through Andong Gunja Village.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Andong road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Andong, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pyeongchang-gun.
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Pyeongchang-gun — 5 nights

A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Get some cultural insight at Woljeongsa Temple and Jangneung. Museum-lovers will appreciate Byeolmaro Observatory and Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pyeongchang-gun: Jeongbangsa Temple (in Jecheon), Danyang-gun (Cheondongdonggul Cave & Gosu Cave) and Cheonjugyo Pungsuwon Catholic Church (in Hoengseong-gun). There's lots more to do: get a taste of life in the country at Daegwanryeong Samyang Ranch, shop like a local with Pyeongchang Olympic Market, look for all kinds of wild species at Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sutasa Temple.

Before you visit Pyeongchang-gun, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Andong to Pyeongchang-gun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 6 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Appreciate the collections at Teddy Bear Museum Seorak and Sokcho City Museum & Displaced Civilians Folk Village. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naksansa Temple and Sokcho Central Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Gangneung (Heogyun and Heonanseolheon Memorial Hall, Gangmun Beach, &more) and Uisangdae (in Yangyang-gun). Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Gwongeumseong Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinheungsa Temple, see the interesting displays at National Mountain Museum, and get outside with Bongpo Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sokcho driving holiday planner.

Drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Sokcho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Pyeongchang-gun in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sokcho, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 18 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 discover tucked-away gems like Hamdeok Beach and Woljeongri Beach. Head to Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Jeju Chilsung Fashion Streetfor some retail therapy. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Gasiri Wind Power Plant, Halla Mountain, &more). Spend the 25th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, kick back and relax at Sanho Beach, get outside with Sehwa Beach, and deepen your understanding at Jeju Stone Park.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Sokcho to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Sokcho in September, expect Jeju to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time 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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