46 days in South Korea Itinerary

46 days in South Korea Itinerary

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46 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  20​h
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
Travel:  3​h 30​min
2
Haenam-gun
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Boryeong
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Changnyeong-gun
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Busan
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gyeongju
— 6 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Andong
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Donghae
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Gangneung
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
10
Seoul
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: New York City

8
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll get in some beach time at Hyeopjae Beach and Sehwa Beach. You'll explore and learn at O'Sulloc Tea Museum and Hallim Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Jeju 1100 Altitude Wetland, Cheonjiyeon Falls, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Halla Mountain, wander the wide-open spaces of Sinpung Sincheon Bada Mokjang, kick back and relax at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju online journey planner .

New York City, USA to Jeju is an approximately 20-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Korea Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Haenam-gun.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park
Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

3
nights
Haenam-gun

Haenam-gun ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Mihwangsa Temple and Daedunsa Temple. Get outdoors at Cheonsaseom Bunjae Park and Sinji Myeongsasimni Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Haenam-gun side-trips: Wolchulsan National Park (in Yeongam-gun) and Ullimsanbang House (in Jindo-gun).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Haenam-gun day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Jeju to Haenam-gun with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Boryeong.

Things to do in Haenam-gun

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sinji Myeongsasimni Beach, Cheonsaseom Bunjae Park, Ullimsanbang House, Wolchulsan National Park
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Wolchulsan National Park ©
Wolchulsan National Park
Mihwangsa Temple ©
Mihwangsa Temple
Daeheungsa ©
Daeheungsa

1
night
Boryeong

Boryeong ©
On the 28th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Dacheon Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Sapsido Island, and then see the interesting displays at Coal Museum. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Gaehwa Yesul Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Muchangpo Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Boryeong journey maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Haenam-gun to Boryeong. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Boryeong

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Gaehwa Art Park ©
Gaehwa Art Park
Dacheon Beach ©
Dacheon Beach
Coal Museum ©
Coal Museum

1
night
Changnyeong-gun

Changnyeong-gun ©
On the 30th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Changnyeong Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hwawangsan Mountain, and then identify plant and animal life at Upo Wetland.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Changnyeong-gun trip itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Boryeong to Changnyeong-gun. Traveling from Boryeong in June, you will find days in Changnyeong-gun are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Parks Nature Trails
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Upo Wetland ©
Upo Wetland
Hwawangsan Mountain ©
Hwawangsan Mountain

7
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Head to Jagalchi Market and Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion streetfor plenty of shopping. Visit Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Geoje (Sinseondae & Oedo Botania). The adventure continues: stroll through Gwangalli Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Songdo Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, and explore the different monuments and memorials at UN Memorial Cemetery.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Changnyeong-gun to Busan. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Changnyeong-gun in June: highs in Busan hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Geoje
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach

6
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 some cultural insight at Bulguksa Temple and Yangdong Folk Village. Step off the beaten path and head to Cheonmachong Tomb and Cheomseongdae Observatory. Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Pohang (Jukdo Market & Naeyeonsan County Park). Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Gyeongju National Park. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, and appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip builder .

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Gyeongju are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pohang
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Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Dosanseowon Confucian School. Get some cultural insight at Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon) and Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy. Explore Andong's surroundings by going to Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian School & Yeongju Museom Village) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa and contemplate the long history of Imcheonggak House.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Andong trip builder .

Getting from Gyeongju to Andong by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Andong

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yeongju, Juwangsan National Park
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Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School

2
nights
Donghae

Donghae ©
On the 17th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Chuam Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock), and then enjoy the sea views from Mukho Lighthouse Park. On the next day, get outside with Mangsang Beac and then admire the verdant scenery at Mureung Valley.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Donghae online vacation planner .

Explore your travel options from Andong to Donghae with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gangneung.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Chuam Beach ©
Chuam Beach
Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock) ©
Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock)
Mureung Valley ©
Mureung Valley

5
nights
Gangneung

Gangneung ©
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
For shopping fun, head to Sokcho Jungang Market or Gangneung Jungang Market. We've included these beaches for you: Gyeongpo Beach and Naksan Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Naksansa Temple (in Yangyang-gun) and Seoraksan National Park (in Sokcho). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Anmok Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacheonjin Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Yonghwasan Jayeon Hyuyanglim.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gangneung vacation builder website .

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Gangneung with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Sokcho
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Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Insadong, don't miss a visit to Bongeunsa Temple, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea.

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You can take a train from Gangneung to Seoul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Seoul, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Paju, Hwaseong Fortress
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
Insadong ©
Insadong

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