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Jeju, Jeju Island
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— 2 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Get in touch with nature at Bijarim Forest and Hallasan. Step off the beaten path and head to Alive Museum Jeju and Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff. When in Jeju, make a side trip to see Jeongbang Waterfall in Seogwipo, approximately Seogwipo away. Spend the 27th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Haenyeo Museum, kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, and go for a walk through Handam Coastal Trail.

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Los Angeles, USA to Jeju is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Jeju, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Busan.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Busan — 2 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll around Yongdusan Park, then stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, and then get outside with Gwangalli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Yangsan Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, and then make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

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You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In April, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gyeongju.
Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
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Gyeongju — 2 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
On the 2nd (Tue), explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Seochulji Pond in Gyeongju. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Historic Area and then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb.

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You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks
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Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.