29 days in South Korea Itinerary

29 days in South Korea Itinerary

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29 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Manado, Indonesia
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Gwangju
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Jeonju
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Incheon
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Chuncheon
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Busan
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
Yangsan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Manado, Indonesia

4
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Jeongbang Waterfall, Cheonjiyeon Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, and head outdoors with Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju tour builder .

Manado, Indonesia to Jeju is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manado to Jeju is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

3
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Explore Gwangju's surroundings by going to Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun) and Suncheon (Seonamsa Temple & Songgwangsa Temple). There's still lots to do: stroll around Mudeungsan National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kim Bongho's House, get outside with Soswaewon, and take a stroll through Dongmyeong-dong Cafe Street.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gwangju holiday planner .

You can fly from Jeju to Gwangju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Jeonju.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Suncheon, Soswaewon, Unjusa
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Unjusa ©
Unjusa
Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
Songgwangsa Temple ©
Songgwangsa Temple

1
night
Jeonju

Jeonju ©
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Moak Mountain, don't miss a visit to Hakindang, then don't miss a visit to Jeonju Hanok Village, then take an in-depth tour of Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at Jeonju Fan Culture Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jeonju trip itinerary site .

Drive from Gwangju to Jeonju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gwangju in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Jeonju. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Incheon.

Things to do in Jeonju

Parks Nature Museums
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Jeonju Fan Culture Center ©
Jeonju Fan Culture Center
Jeonju Hanok Village ©
Jeonju Hanok Village
Hakindang ©
Hakindang

3
nights
Incheon

Incheon ©
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Get out of town with these interesting Incheon side-trips: Bucheon Natural Ecological Park (in Bucheon) and Uiwang Nature Learning Park (in Uiwang). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Muuido Island, contemplate the long history of Ganghwasanseong Fortress, make a trip to Goryeogung Palace Site, and get to know the fascinating history of Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Incheon trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Jeonju to Incheon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Incheon

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bucheon, Uiwang Nature Learning Park
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Muuido Island ©
Muuido Island

4
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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, and take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seoul trip maker site .

Seoul is just a short distance from Incheon. In June in Seoul, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa and then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chuncheon road trip planning tool .

Drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa

3
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun), Yangyang-gun (Osaek Jujeongol Valley & Naksansa Temple) and Sangwonsa (in Pyeongchang-gun). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, enjoy the sea views from Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, and hike along Ulsanbawi Rock.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sokcho road trip website .

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Baekdamsa Temple, Sangwonsa, Cheonjin Beach
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Osaek Jujeongol Valley ©
Osaek Jujeongol Valley
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon, contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, and finally explore the activities along Anapji Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, then appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and then steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju trip itinerary website .

Drive from Sokcho to Gyeongju in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Go for a jaunt from Busan to Geoje to see Oedo Botania about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Busan online holiday planner .

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yangsan.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

2
nights
Yangsan

Yangsan ©
Yangsan is a city in Gyeongsangnam-do Province, South Korea.Administrative divisionsCurrently, Yangsan is made up of 1 Eup (administrative division), 4 Myeon (administrative division), and 7 Dong. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongnyongsa, then examine the collection at Yangsan City Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tongdosa Temple.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yangsan vacation planner .

Explore your travel options from Busan to Yangsan with the Route module. In July in Yangsan, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yangsan

Historic Sites Museums
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Tongdosa Temple ©
Tongdosa Temple

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