40 days in South Korea Itinerary

40 days in South Korea Itinerary

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40 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  7​h
1
Busan
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gyeongju
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Andong
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sokcho
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Chuncheon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Seoul
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Daejeon
— 5 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

6
nights
Busan

Busan ©
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. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwangalli Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner .

Manila, Philippines to Busan is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Manila to Busan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Manila in December, with highs in Busan at 10°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Daegu (Seomun Market & Donghwasa), Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon) and Gatbawi (in Gyeongsan). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, explore the activities along Bomun Lake, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Busan in December, you will find days in Gyeongju are little chillier (3°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Daegu, Eunhaesa Temple, Gatbawi
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Andong: Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (in Mungyeong), Buseoksa Temple (in Yeongju) and Danyang-gun (Gosu Cave, Oksun Bridge, & more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, see the interesting displays at Andong Folk Museum, contemplate the long history of Dosanseowon Confucian School, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongjeongsa.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Andong trip maker .

You can take a bus from Gyeongju to Andong in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January in Andong, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Danyang-gun, Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park, Buseoksa Temple
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple
Gosu Cave ©
Gosu Cave

4
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Go for a jaunt from Sokcho to Yangyang-gun to see Naksansa Temple about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, make a trip to Yeonggeumjeong, contemplate the long history of Gwongeumseong Fortress, and make a splash at Seorak Waterpia.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sokcho trip planner .

You can 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 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naksansa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock

4
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: Phoenix Snow Park (in Pyeongchang-gun) and Gapyeong-gun (Petite France & The Garden of Morning Calm). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, wander the streets of Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street, examine the collection at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chuncheon online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Chuncheon, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Theme Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Gapyeong-gun, Phoenix Snow Park
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Phoenix Snow Park ©
Phoenix Snow Park
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa

7
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 Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, find something for the whole family at Lotte World, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In January in Seoul, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, DMZ Haemaru Village
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Daejeon: Buyeo National Museum (in Buyeo-gun), Gongsanseong (in Gongju) and Jeonju Hanok Village (in Jeonju). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Songnisan National Park, examine the collection at Currency Museum, explore the world behind art at Daejeon Museum of Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beopjusa Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Daejeon travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Seoul to Daejeon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Daejeon, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Boeun-gun, Buyeo National Museum, Cheongnamdae, Jeonju Hanok Village, Gongsanseong
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
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Yuseong Hot Springs ©
Yuseong Hot Springs
Beopjusa Temple ©
Beopjusa Temple
Currency Museum ©
Currency Museum

5
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Cheonjiyeon Falls, Seongsan Ilchulbong, & more). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, walk around Handam Park, and kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jeju trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Daejeon to Jeju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Seogwipo
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

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