60 days in South Korea Itinerary

60 days in South Korea Itinerary

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60 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Train:  15 h 30 min
1
Seoul
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Hanam
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Chuncheon
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Sokcho
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Donghae
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Daejeon
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Daegu
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h
8
Gyeongju
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Busan
— 8 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
10
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 11 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: London

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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Creative Life Store KEYfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress & Dongbukgongsimdon). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Insadong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

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

London, UK to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Seoul, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Seoul reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hanam.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Suwon, DMZ Haemaru Village
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 9:
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

1
night
Hanam

Hanam ©
Hanam is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Statue of Peace, then get engrossed in the history at Hanam Museum of History, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Starfield Hanam.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanam tour builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Seoul to Hanam. In December, daytime highs in Hanam are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Hanam

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Statue of Peace
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
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Starfield Hanam ©
Starfield Hanam

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.
Cheongpyeongsa and Guryongsa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Nami Island and Wondaeri Birch Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Chuncheon side-trips: Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun), Pyeongchang-gun (Lee Hyo Seok Literature Forest, Phoenix Snow Park, &more) and Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War (in Gapyeong-gun). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon and identify plant and animal life at Hongcheon Theme Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chuncheon online sightseeing planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hanam to Chuncheon. In December, daytime highs in Chuncheon are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pyeongchang-gun, Jeongseon 5-day Market, Guryongsa Temple, Hongcheon Theme Park, Monument for the Participation of Canada in the Korean War
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Phoenix Snow Park ©
Phoenix Snow Park
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa

5
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Get in touch with nature at Seoraksan National Park and Gangmun Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naksansa Temple and Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory. Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Songjiho Beach (in Goseong-gun), Gyeongpo Beach (in Gangneung) and Yangyang-gun (Naksan Beach & Osaek Jujeongol Valley). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, get outside with Bongpo Beach, and admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sokcho trip site .

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Goseong-gun, Yangyang-gun, Gangneung, Bangtaesan Recreational Forest
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock
Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach

2
nights
Donghae

Donghae ©
On the 21st (Wed), appreciate the views at Mureung Valley and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hwanseongul Cave. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Mangsang Beac, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cheongok Cave, and then kick back and relax at Chuam Beach.

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Donghae trip itinerary maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Sokcho to Donghae with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hwanseongul Cave
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Chuam Beach ©
Chuam Beach
Mureung Valley ©
Mureung Valley
Hwanseongul Cave ©
Hwanseongul Cave

7
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Buyeo National Museum and Gongsanseong. Get in touch with nature at Songnisan National Park and Hanbat Arboretum. Get out of town with these interesting Daejeon side-trips: Daedunsan Natural Recreation Forest (in Geumsan-gun), Gongju (Gapsa temple, Magoksa Temple, &more) and Beopjusa Temple (in Boeun-gun). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs, take in the views from Mokcheokgyo Bridge, contemplate the long history of Cheongnamdae, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maninsan Mountain.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Daejeon sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Donghae to Daejeon with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Daegu.

Things to do in Daejeon

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Gongju, Cheongju, Boeun-gun, Nonsan, Buyeo National Museum
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 29:
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Songnisan National Park ©
Songnisan National Park
Buyeo National Museum
Buyeo National Museum
Gongsanseong ©
Gongsanseong

6
nights
Daegu

Daegu ©
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Haeinsa and Donghwasa. Take a break from the city and head to Upo Wetland and Hwawangsan Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Daegu side-trips: Goryeong-gun (Daegaya Museum & Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site), Gunwi Buddha Triad Grotto (2nd Seokguram) (in Gunwi-gun) and Gatbawi (in Gyeongsan). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Seomun Market, get to know the fascinating history of Cheongna Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gounsa Temple, and see the interesting displays at House of Seo Sangdon.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Daegu trip maker site .

You can take a train from Daejeon to Daegu in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Daejeon in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Daegu, with lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Daegu

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Goryeong-gun, Changnyeong-gun, Andong Folk Museum, Gounsa Temple, Gatbawi
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 4:
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Haeinsa ©
Haeinsa
Upo Wetland ©
Upo Wetland
Seomun Market
Seomun Market

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram. Get in touch with nature at Juwangsan National Park and Jusanji Pond. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Ulsan (Boksoondoga, Sinbulsan Falls Recreational Forest, &more) and Eunhaesa Temple (in Yeongcheon). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, explore the striking landscape of Gyeongju National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Daegu to Gyeongju in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Daegu in January, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 1°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ulsan, Cheongsong-gun, Eunhaesa Temple
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:
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Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

8
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jagalchi Market and Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City. Step out of Busan with an excursion to Oedo Botania in Geoje--about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and get great views at Taejongdae.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Gyeongju in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 7°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oedo Botania
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 18:
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Gamcheon Culture Village

11
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Relax by the water at Hamdeok Beach and Sehwa Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Hallim Park and Jeju National Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gwangchigi Beach). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, step off the mainland to explore Udo, enjoy the sand and surf at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Geomunoreum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Jeju road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 29:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong

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