51 days in South Korea Itinerary

51 days in South Korea Itinerary

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51 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  18​h
1
Busan
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Gwangju
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Daejeon
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Daegu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Andong
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sokcho
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Chuncheon
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Seoul
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  17​h
End: Los Angeles

6
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get out of town with these interesting Busan side-trips: Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Gyeongju (Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School, Anapji Pond, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary planning website .

Los Angeles, USA to Busan is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Busan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Busan, with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

7
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Halla Mountain, & more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Jeju road trip tool .

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gwangju: Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun), Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun) and Songgwangsa Temple (in Suncheon). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Mudeungsan National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kim Bongho's House, and step into the grandiose world of Gochangeupseong Fortress.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gwangju trip builder website .

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. July in Gwangju sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Daejeon.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Songgwangsa Temple, Soswaewon, Gwanghallu Pavilion, Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon, Naesosa Temple
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Gwanghallu Pavilion ©
Gwanghallu Pavilion
Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon ©

5
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Get out of town with these interesting Daejeon side-trips: Buyeo National Museum (in Buyeo-gun), Cheongnamdae (in Cheongju) and Beopjusa Temple (in Boeun-gun). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs, see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, take a peaceful walk through Daedunsan Natural Recreation Forest, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gakwonsa Temple.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Daejeon trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Gwangju to Daejeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gwangju in July, expect nights in Daejeon to be slightly colder, around 72°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Daegu.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gwanchoksa Temple, Magoksa Temple, Gakwonsa Temple, Tapsa Temple, Buyeo National Museum
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 24:
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Beopjusa Temple ©
Beopjusa Temple
Buyeo National Museum
Buyeo National Museum
Yuseong Hot Springs ©
Yuseong Hot Springs

4
nights
Daegu

Daegu ©
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Explore Daegu's surroundings by going to Haeinsa (in Hapcheon-Gun), Gyeongju (Seokguram & Bulguksa Temple) and Goryeong-gun (Daegaya Museum & Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Upo Wetland, get to know the fascinating history of Cheongna Hill, pause for some photo ops at Gatbawi, and hunt for treasures at Seomun Market.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Daegu day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Daejeon to Daegu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Daegu sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Daegu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Goryeong-gun, Gyeongju, Haeinsa, Upo Wetland, Gatbawi
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Haeinsa ©
Haeinsa

5
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 find plenty of places to visit near Andong: Cheongsong-gun (Jusanji Pond & Juwangsan National Park), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (in Mungyeong). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, make a splash at Aqua World, explore the fascinating underground world of Gosu Cave, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buseoksa Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Andong online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Daegu to Andong by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Danyang-gun, Cheongsong-gun, Yeongju, Cheongnyangsa Temple, Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 2:
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple

5
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple, Hajodae, & more), Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Pyeongchang-gun (Sangwonsa & Woljeongsa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sokcho day trip tool .

Drive from Andong to Sokcho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jeongseon-gun (Dosagok Hyooyanglim & Jeongseon 5-day Market), Pyeongchang-gun (Lee Hyo Seok Literature Forest, Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, & more) and Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, take in the pleasant sights at Gongjicheon Recreation Area, see the interesting displays at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cheongpyeongsa.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Chuncheon trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Sokcho to Chuncheon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Chuncheon are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pyeongchang-gun, Jeongseon-gun, Guryongsa Temple
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
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.
Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace, find something for the whole family at Lotte World, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seoul online travel route planner .

You can drive from Chuncheon to Seoul in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a subway. In August in Seoul, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

DMZ Haemaru Village, Hwaseong Fortress
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 19:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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