39 days in South Korea Itinerary

39 days in South Korea Itinerary

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39 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Newark
train + Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Chuncheon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Andong
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Changnyeong-gun
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Busan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Daejeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Cheongju
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Gongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
11
Mokpo
— 2 nights
Travel:  6​h
12
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Newark

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Deoksugung. Museum-lovers will get to explore Korean Folk Village and Baek In-Je House Museum. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea, and step into the grandiose world of Changdeokgung Palace.

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

Newark, USA to Seoul is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. Traveling from Newark to Seoul, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Seoul, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Korean Folk Village
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

2
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.
On the 24th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, head off the coast to Nami Island, then pause for some photo ops at Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War, and finally take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alpacaworld, then find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa.

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Drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. April in Chuncheon sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War, Alpaca World
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa
Alpaca World ©
Alpaca World

3
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Visiting Seoraksan National Park and Cheoksan Foot Spa Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Yangyang-gun (Jujeongol & Naksansa Temple). The adventure continues: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, explore the fascinating underground world of Geumganggul Cave, take in the dramatic scenery at Biryong Falls, and cool off at Seorak Waterpia.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sokcho route builder site .

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yangyang-gun
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Sosuseowon Confucian School. Get some historical perspective at Cheongnyangsa Temple and Bongjeongsa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Andong: Cheongsong-gun (Juwangsan National Park & Jusanji Pond). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum and delve into the lush surroundings at Ahndong Hoban Jayeon Hyooyanglim.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Andong journey planner .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Andong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Andong

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cheongsong-gun, Cheongnyangsa Temple, Sosuseowon Confucian School
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Sosuseowon Confucian School ©
Sosuseowon Confucian School

1
night
Changnyeong-gun

Changnyeong-gun ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Kanryongsa, then hike along Hwawangsan Mountain, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Upo Wetland.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Changnyeong-gun day trip website .

You can drive from Andong to Changnyeong-gun in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Andong, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Changnyeong-gun, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Parks Trails Nature
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:
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Upo Wetland ©
Upo Wetland
Hwawangsan Mountain ©
Hwawangsan Mountain

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Haedong Yonggung Temple and Yeojwacheon Stream will appeal to history buffs. Head to Jagalchi Market and Shinsegae Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Changwon (Paryongsan & Paryongsan Doltab). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, stroll through Gwangalli Beach, get great views at Taejongdae, and wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village.

Plan a Busan trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Changnyeong-gun to Busan with the Route module. When traveling from Changnyeong-gun in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Busan, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Changwon
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gyeongju National Museum and Ulsan Petroglyph Museum. Get outdoors at Gyeongju Bird Park and Sinbulsan Falls Recreational Forest. Venture out of the city with trips to Ulsan (Seuldo Lighthouse, Seoknamsa Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, and pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju tour planning website .

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Busan in May, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ulsan
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

3
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Currency Museum and Buyeo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Hanbat Arboretum and Maninsan Mountain. Explore Daejeon's surroundings by going to Daedunsan Natural Recreation Forest (in Geumsan-gun), Seodong Park (in Buyeo-gun) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs, take an in-depth tour of Daejeon Modern History Exhibition Hall, explore the world behind art at Lee Ungno Museum, and view the masterpieces at Yeojin Gallery of Buddhist Art.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Daejeon trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Gyeongju to Daejeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Gyeongju in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Daejeon, with highs around 77°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Buyeo-gun, Daedunsan Natural Recreation Forest, Gwanchoksa Temple
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Hanbat Arboretum
Hanbat Arboretum
Buyeo National Museum
Buyeo National Museum
Gwanchoksa Temple ©
Gwanchoksa Temple

3
nights
Cheongju

Cheongju ©
Cheongju is the capital and largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea.HistoryCheongju has been an important provincial town since ancient times.During Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea, Cheongju was the site of the Battle of Chongju, during which the Korean forces re-took the city from the Japanese forces in an important early victory.The government of the province relocated here from Chungju in 1908.The opening of the Chungbuk-line in 1926 sparked regional development. Cheongju National Museum and Cheongju Early Printing Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Songnisan National Park and Dugguhbi Saengtae Munhwagwan. Change things up with these side-trips from Cheongju: Beopjusa Temple (in Boeun-gun) and Anseong (Mirinae Holy Site & Anseong Namsadang Training Center). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sangdangsanseong Fortress.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cheongju trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Daejeon to Cheongju. In May in Cheongju, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Cheongju

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boeun-gun, Anseong
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Songnisan National Park ©
Songnisan National Park
Beopjusa Temple ©
Beopjusa Temple
Cheongju National Museum ©
Cheongju National Museum

2
nights
Gongju

Gongju ©
Gongju, also spelt Kongju, is a city in South Chungcheong province, South Korea.HistoryGongju was formerly named Ungjin and was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at SeokJangNi Museum, steep yourself in history at Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, then examine the collection at Gongju National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Gongsanseong, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gapsa temple. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Nakhwaam Rock, then contemplate the waterfront views at Gungnamji Pond, then steep yourself in history at Busosanseong, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gongju online route planner .

Explore your travel options from Cheongju to Gongju with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Gongju can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mokpo.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Buyeo-gun
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Busosanseong ©
Busosanseong
Gongsanseong ©
Gongsanseong
Magoksa Temple ©
Magoksa Temple

2
nights
Mokpo

Mokpo ©
Mokpo is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, located at the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula, close to Yudal mountain. Unjusa and Daedunsa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Hongdo Island and Wolchulsan National Park. Step out of Mokpo to go to Sinan-gun and see Cheonsaseom Bunjae Park, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Mokpo Natural History Museum and take in the views from Mokpo Bridge.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mokpo sightseeing planning site .

Explore your travel options from Gongju to Mokpo with the Route module. While traveling from Gongju, expect colder days and about the same nights in Mokpo, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Mokpo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sinan-gun, Wolchulsan National Park, Unjusa, Daeheungsa
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Hongdo Island ©
Hongdo Island
Unjusa ©
Unjusa
Daeheungsa ©
Daeheungsa

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hallim Park and Jeju Folk Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Seongsan Ilchulbong and Sangumburi Crater. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, explore the striking landscape at Geomunoreum, and hike along Jeju Olle Trail Routes.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jeju holiday builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mokpo to Jeju. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
Find places to stay May 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park

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