60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Andong
— 5 nights
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Buyeo-gun
— 4 nights
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bongeunsa Temple and Bukhansan National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take a stroll through Insadong, steep yourself in history at Deoksugung, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in Seoul reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 5 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ojukheon and Woljeongsa Temple. Visiting Seoraksan National Park and Biryong Falls will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple) and Gangneung (Gyeongpo Beach, Jeongdongjin Beach, &more). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock and take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sokcho vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Bokcheon Museum and Busan Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at UN Memorial Cemetery and Beomeosa Temple. Step out of Busan with an excursion to Sinbulsan Falls Recreational Forest in Ulsan--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: get outside with Haeundae Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Dadaepo Beach, and take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

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You can fly from Sokcho to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Busan sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cheonmachong Tomb and Donghwasa. Get outdoors at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and Bomun Lake. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon) and Daegu (Seomun Market & Sanghwa Yi's Old House). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in December, plan for little chillier days in Gyeongju, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Rock-carved Standing Buddha. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buseoksa Temple and Bongjeongsa. Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Sosuseowon Confucian Academy (in Yeongju), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gunwi Buddha Triad Grotto (2nd Seokguram), and see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Andong trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Buyeo-gun.
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Buyeo-gun — 4 nights

Museum-lovers will appreciate Buyeo National Museum and Muryeong Wangreung Exhibition Hall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Magoksa Temple and Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buyeo-gun: Gongju (Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, SeokJangNi Museum, &more) and Musangsa Temple (in Gyeryong).

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Buyeo-gun road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Andong to Buyeo-gun takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Buyeo-gun can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 5 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gwanghallu Pavilion and 1913 Songjeong Station Market. Take a break from the city and head to Mudeungsan National Park and Byeonsanbando National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gwangju: Naejangsan National Park (in Sunchang-gun), Damyang Juknokwon (in Damyang-gun) and Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Gochangeupseong Fortress and take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonunsa Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gwangju trip planner.

Drive from Buyeo-gun to Gwangju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Buyeo-gun in January, plan for little chillier days in Gwangju, with highs around -3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hyangiram Hermitage and Imjinseong Fortress. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 and Seonamsa Seongbo Museum. Go for a jaunt from Suncheon to Gurye-gun to see Hwaeomsa Temple about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Suncheon Bay Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonamsa Temple, stroll around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, and make a trip to Suncheon Open Film Set.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Suncheon road trip app.

Traveling by car from Gwangju to Suncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Suncheon can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly 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.
Head to Dongmun Market and The Islanderfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Hyeopjae Beach and Bijarim Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, LeeJoongSeop Art Museum, &more). Spend the 13th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Hallasan, explore the striking landscape at Geomunoreum, see the interesting displays at Haenyeo Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju planner.

Traveling by flight from Suncheon to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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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