52 days in South Korea Itinerary

52 days in South Korea Itinerary

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52 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: York
+2
train + subway + Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Busan
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gyeongju
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Andong
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sokcho
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Chuncheon
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Seoul
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Daejeon
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Gwangju
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
End: York

5
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Change things up with a short trip to Oedo Botania in Geoje (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village, and make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Busan tour itinerary planner.

York, UK to Busan is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from York to Busan, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from York in June, with highs in Busan at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

4
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Ulsan (Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden & Jangsaengpo Special Whale Culture Zone), Daegu (Sanghwa Yi's Old House, House of Seo Sangdon, & more) and Gatbawi (in Gyeongsan). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, and identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Gyeongju road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in June: highs in Gyeongju hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Daegu, Ulsan, Gatbawi
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:
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Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

5
nights
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Get out of town with these interesting Andong side-trips: Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian School & Buseoksa Temple), Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun) and Danyang-gun (Yangbaek Waterfall, Aqua World, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongnyangsa Temple, stroll around Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park, and see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Andong day trip planning tool .

Getting from Gyeongju to Andong by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Andong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Danyang-gun, Yeongju, Juwangsan National Park, Cheongnyangsa Temple, Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:
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Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple

5
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Pyeongchang-gun (Woljeongsa & Sangwonsa) and Yangyang-gun (Jujeongol, Naksansa Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park, steep yourself in history at Gyeongpodae, trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, and engage your brain at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sokcho online route planner .

Getting from Andong to Sokcho by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Gangneung, Pyeongchang-gun, Cheonjin Beach, Baekdamsa Temple
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Osaek Jujeongol Valley ©
Osaek Jujeongol Valley
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

5
nights
Chuncheon

Chuncheon ©
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chuncheon: Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon (in Pocheon), Pyeongchang-gun (Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch, Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, & more) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Nami Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Guryongsa Temple, and examine the collection at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chuncheon tour itinerary website .

Getting from Sokcho to Chuncheon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyeongchang-gun, Jeongseon 5-day Market, Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon, Guryongsa Temple, Sutasa Temple
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 19:
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa
Phoenix Snow Park ©
Phoenix Snow Park

8
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Icheon Termeden (in Icheon), Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street, stroll around Namsan Park, and find something for the whole family at Lotte World.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul driving holiday planner .

Drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In July in Seoul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Icheon Termeden, DMZ Haemaru Village, Hwaseong Fortress
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 27:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

5
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Get out of town with these interesting Daejeon side-trips: Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun), Boeun-gun (Songnisan National Park & Beopjusa Temple) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gapsa temple, examine the collection at Gongju National Museum, and steep yourself in history at Gongsanseong.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Daejeon trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Seoul to Daejeon by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Daejeon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Gwangju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Gongju, Cheongju, Boeun-gun, Buyeo National Museum, Gakwonsa Temple
Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:
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Beopjusa Temple ©
Beopjusa Temple
Buyeo National Museum
Buyeo National Museum
Yuseong Hot Springs ©
Yuseong Hot Springs

5
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Change things up with these side-trips from Gwangju: Suncheon (Seonamsa Temple, Songgwangsa Temple, & more), Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun) and Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, get outside with Soswaewon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hwaeomsa Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Gwanghallu.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gwangju trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Daejeon to Gwangju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Daejeon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gwangju, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Suncheon, Gurye-gun, Unjusa, Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon, Naesosa Temple
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:
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Gwanghallu Pavilion ©
Gwanghallu Pavilion
Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon ©

7
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, & more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, step off the mainland to explore Udo, stroll around Handam Park, and kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Jeju itinerary planner .

You can fly from Gwangju to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 13:
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

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