41 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Daejeon
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 9 nights
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Chuncheon
— 5 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 9 nights
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Busan — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Go for a jaunt from Busan to Geoje to see Oedo Botania about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: get outside with Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggungsa, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, and snap pictures at Gwangandaegyo Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Busan holiday maker app.

Gaya, India to Busan is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Gaya to Busan is 3.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Gaya in December: highs in Busan hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ulsan (Ulsan Petroglyph Museum & Ulsan Daegok Museum), Daegu (Donghwasa, Seomun Market, &more) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, get in on the family fun at Gyeongju World, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip planner.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Busan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Daejeon.
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Daejeon — 5 nights

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Explore Daejeon's surroundings by going to Gongju (Muryeong Wangreung Exhibition Hall, Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress, &more), Cheongju (Cheongju National Museum & Cheongnamdae) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Buyeo National Museum, take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gagwonsa Temple, and see the sky in a new way at National Science Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Daejeon, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Gyeongju to Daejeon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -9°C in Daejeon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Seoul.
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Seoul — 9 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Everland (in Yongin). Pack the 11th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Seoul road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Daejeon to Seoul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Chuncheon.
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Chuncheon — 5 nights

The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chuncheon: Sutasa Temple (in Hongcheon-gun), Pyeongchang-gun (Lee Hyo Seok Literature Forest, Phoenix Snow Park, &more) and Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, explore the activities along Gugok Pokpo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jeongseon 5-day Market, and get in on the family fun at Gangchon Rail Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chuncheon trip builder website.

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sokcho: Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple, Osaek Jujeongol Valley, &more) and Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. It doesn't end there: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinheungsa Temple.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sokcho online trip builder.

Getting from Chuncheon to Sokcho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 9 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Gasiri Wind Power Plant, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, head off the coast to Udo, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, and see the interesting displays at Jeju National Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Jeju trip builder site.

You can fly from Sokcho to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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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.
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