27 days in South Korea Itinerary

27 days in South Korea Itinerary

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27 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  13​h 45​min
1
Seoul
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Gongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Yeongju
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Gangneung
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Busan
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trickeye Museum Seoul and DMZ Haemaru Village. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower, look for gifts at Creative Life Store KEY, and get engrossed in the history at Deoksugung.

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Sydney, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Seoul due to the time zone difference. In January, Seoul is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 1°C and lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at Gongju National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Magoksa Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Muryeong Wangreung Exhibition Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gapsa temple, and finally take an in-depth tour of SeokJangNi Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Busosanseong, see the interesting displays at Buyeo National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Nakhwaam Rock, then steep yourself in history at Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong, and finally steep yourself in history at Gongsanseong.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gongju trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Seoul to Gongju with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in February, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yeongju.

Things to do in Gongju

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Buyeo-gun
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Magoksa Temple ©
Magoksa Temple
Buyeo National Museum
Buyeo National Museum
Gongsanseong ©
Gongsanseong

1
night
Yeongju

Yeongju ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Sosuseowon Confucian School, then take a stroll through Yeongju Museom Village, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buseoksa Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Yeongju Insam Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yeongju road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gongju to Yeongju. Traveling from Gongju in February, Yeongju is a bit warmer at night with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gangneung.

Things to do in Yeongju

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple
Sosuseowon Confucian School ©
Sosuseowon Confucian School

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ojukheon and Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum. Naksansa Temple and Gyeongpodae will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Gangneung side-trips: Mureung Valley (in Donghae), Pyeongchang-gun (Sangwonsa & Woljeongsa) and Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Gyeongpo Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gangneung tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Yeongju to Gangneung with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pyeongchang-gun, Jeongseon 5-day Market, Naksansa Temple, Mureung Valley
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Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Ojukheon ©
Ojukheon

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cheonmachong Tomb and Bulguksa Temple. Yangdong Folk Village and Girimsa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Daegu (House of Seo Sangdon & Seomun Market) and Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the long history of Oksan Seowon, appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and explore the activities along Anapji Pond.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gyeongju trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gangneung to Gyeongju takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Daegu, Eunhaesa Temple
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area

4
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
UN Memorial Cemetery and Haedong Yonggung Temple will appeal to history buffs. Head to Jagalchi Market and Gallery 604for plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, and stroll around Dongbaekseom Island.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Busan trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gyeongju in February: highs in Busan hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Spas Beaches
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UN Memorial Cemetery ©
UN Memorial Cemetery
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

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 explore and learn at Spirited Garden and PLAY KPOP. Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Alive Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, Yakcheonsa Temple, & more). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Arario Museum Dongmun Motel, kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, and Head underground at Hallim Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jeju online tour planner .

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff ©
Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff
Spirited Garden ©
Spirited Garden
Alive Museum Jeju ©
Alive Museum Jeju

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