60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea vacation planner

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Seoul
— 11 nights
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Chuncheon
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 4 nights
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Pyeongchang-gun
— 4 nights
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Cheongju
— 2 nights
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Daejeon
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Busan
— 7 nights
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Changnyeong-gun
— 1 night
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Gwangju
— 5 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 12 nights
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Seoul

— 11 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.
For shopping fun, head to Myeongdong Shopping Street or Yongsan Electronics Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Siheung Lotus Flower Theme Park (in Siheung), Korea National Arboretum (in Pocheon) and Suwon (Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion (Dongbukgakru), Hwaseong Fortress, &more). Pack the 29th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, stop by Insadong, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seoul planner.

Toronto, Canada to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Seoul. In January, daytime highs in Seoul are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 30:

Chuncheon

— 4 nights
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Explore Chuncheon's surroundings by going to JaeIn Waterfall (in Yeoncheon-gun), Gapyeong-gun (Ewhawon, Cheongpyeong Natural Recreational Forest, &more) and Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon (in Pocheon). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Nami Island, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Peace, take in panoramic vistas at Uiamho Sky Work, and find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chuncheon trip planner.

Drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

Sokcho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Gangneung (Tongil Park (Unification Park), Jeongdongjin Beach, &more) and Yangyang-gun (Osaek Carbonated Hot Springs, Osaek Jujeongol Valley, &more). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's more to do: make a splash at Seorak Waterpia and hike along Ulsanbawi Rock.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sokcho itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

Pyeongchang-gun

— 4 nights
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pyeongchang-gun: Jeongseon-gun (High1 Ski Resort & Jeongseon 5-day Market), Guryongsa Temple (in Wonju) and Gosu Cave (in Danyang-gun). There's lots more to do: get outside with Phoenix Snow Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Lee Hyo Seok Literature Forest, wander the wide-open spaces of Daegwanryeong Samyang Ranch, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangwonsa.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pyeongchang-gun trip planning app.

Getting from Sokcho to Pyeongchang-gun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cheongju.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:

Cheongju

— 2 nights
Cheongju is the capital and largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea.HistoryCheongju has been an important provincial town since ancient times.During Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea, Cheongju was the site of the Battle of Chongju, during which the Korean forces re-took the city from the Japanese forces in an important early victory.The government of the province relocated here from Chungju in 1908.The opening of the Chungbuk-line in 1926 sparked regional development. On the 12th (Fri), get great views at Suamgol Observatory, examine the collection at Cheongju Early Printing Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cheongnamdae, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dugguhbi Saengtae Munhwagwan, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Musim Gallery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Jincheon Bell Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Botapsa Temple, then go for a walk through Sangdangsanseong Fortress, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Cheongju National Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cheongju tour itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pyeongchang-gun to Cheongju. In February, daytime highs in Cheongju are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Cheongju

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

Daejeon

— 4 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 Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan), Daedunsan Natural Recreation Forest (in Geumsan-gun) and Songnisan National Park (in Boeun-gun). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Buyeo National Museum, get curious at Expo Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Magoksa Temple, and make a trip to Daejeon National Cemetery.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Daejeon trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cheongju to Daejeon. In February, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Daejeon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

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.
Shop till you drop at Seomun Market and Hyundai Department Store Daegu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gyeongju: Ulsan (Seoknamsa Temple, Ulsan Bridge, &more) and Daegu (Daegu Cultural and Arts Hall History of Soil Hall & Gyesan Catholic Church). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju route maker app.

Getting from Daejeon to Gyeongju by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Daejeon in February, Gyeongju is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

Busan

— 7 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Shop till you drop at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village and Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion street. There's lots more to do: get outside with Haeundae Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Seokbulsa Temple, and stroll through Yongdusan Park.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Busan trip planning site.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 28:

Changnyeong-gun

— 1 night
Although many Changnyeong-gun tours revolve around its distinctive cultural legacy that dates back to the early Three Kingdoms period, there are still plenty of things to do for those pursuing great outdoors.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Changnyeong Museum, identify plant and animal life at Upo Wetland, then delve into the distant past at Changnyeong Shilla Jinheungwang Cheokgyeongbi, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hwawangsan Mountain.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Changnyeong-gun trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Busan to Changnyeong-gun. In February, daytime highs in Changnyeong-gun are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 1:

Gwangju

— 5 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Shop till you drop at Hwagae Market and U.Square Cultural Center. Explore Gwangju's surroundings by going to Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple), Hwasun-gun (Hwasun Red Cliffs & Unjusa) and Gwanghallu Pavilion (in Namwon). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Soswaewon, stroll around Sajik Park & Observatory, see the interesting displays at Gwangju National Museum, and pause for some photo ops at 5.18 Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gwangju journey maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Changnyeong-gun to Gwangju. When traveling from Changnyeong-gun in March, plan for much colder days in Gwangju, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Jeju, Jeju Island

— 12 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Head to Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Jeju Chilsung Fashion Streetfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (Seopjikoji, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). Spend the 7th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Sangumburi Crater, hunt for treasures at Dongmun Market, take in the dramatic natural features at Geomunoreum, and stop by The Islander.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jeju vacation builder website.

Fly from Gwangju to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 18:

South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
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.