52 days in South Korea Itinerary

52 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Train to London Kings Cross, Fly to Gimhae
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Busan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chuncheon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Seoul
— 8 nights
Drive
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
Fly
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Busan

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Step out of Busan to go to Geoje and see Oedo Botania, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, stroll through Yongdusan Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan day trip planning site.

York, UK to Busan is an approximately 19-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from York to Busan due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from York in June; daily highs in Busan reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden (in Ulsan), Daegu (Sanghwa Yi's Old House, Seomun Market, &more) and Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, explore the striking landscape of Gyeongju National Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon.

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

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Andong: Danyang-gun (Yangbaek Waterfall, Aqua World, &more), Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun) and Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian Academy & Buseoksa Temple). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Andong online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Andong are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:

Sokcho

— 5 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sokcho: Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Pyeongchang-gun (Woljeongsa Temple & Sangwonsa) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley, Naksansa Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sokcho trip planner.

Drive from Andong to Sokcho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chuncheon: Pyeongchang-gun (Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch, Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, &more), Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun) and Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon (in Pocheon). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sutasa Temple, and examine the collection at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Chuncheon online trip builder.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 19:

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.
Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju), Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and Icheon Termeden (in Icheon). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and don't miss a visit to Jongmyo Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or 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 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Daejeon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 27:

Daejeon

— 5 nights
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun), Boeun-gun (Songnisan National Park & Beopjusa Temple) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, see the interesting displays at Buyeo National Museum, get engrossed in the history at Cheongju National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gapsa temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Daejeon trip planner.

Drive from Seoul to Daejeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:

Gwangju

— 5 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Get out of town with these interesting Gwangju side-trips: Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun), Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun) and Suncheon (Seonamsa Temple, Songgwangsa Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naesosa Temple, explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park, get outside with Soswaewon, and get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu Pavilion.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gwangju vacation site.

You can drive from Daejeon to Gwangju in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Daejeon in August: highs in Gwangju hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Halla Mountain, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, head off the coast to Udo, see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum, and walk around Hallim Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jeju trip builder site.

Getting from Gwangju to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 13:

South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
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.