32 days in South Korea Itinerary

32 days in South Korea Itinerary

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32 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Train:  16 h 30 min
1
Seoul
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Daejeon
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Donghae
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Changnyeong-gun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Busan
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Toronto

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Deoksugung. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, contemplate the long history of Changdeokgung Palace, make a trip to Jongmyo Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Korea.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seoul vacation maker tool .

Toronto, Canada to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, car, and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Seoul, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Daejeon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

4
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 Currency Museum. Busosanseong and Gapsa temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Daejeon side-trips: Songnisan National Park (in Boeun-gun), Cheongju (Sangdangsanseong Fortress & Dugguhbi Saengtae Munhwagwan) and Gongsanseong (in Gongju). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hanbat Arboretum and witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Daejeon day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Seoul to Daejeon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Daejeon can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Daejeon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cheongju, Buyeo-gun, Gongju, Songnisan National Park
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
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Songnisan National Park ©
Songnisan National Park
Buyeo National Museum
Buyeo National Museum
Gongsanseong ©
Gongsanseong

3
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Take a break from the city and head to Seoraksan National Park and Biryong Falls. Popular historic sites such as Naksansa Temple and Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Jujeongol (in Yangyang-gun) and Goseong-gun (Cheonjin Haesuyokjang & Bongpo Beach). It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sokcho holiday website .

Traveling by car from Daejeon to Sokcho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Donghae.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Goseong-gun, Yangyang-gun
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Biryong Falls ©
Biryong Falls

2
nights
Donghae

Donghae ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samhwasa Temple, then admire the verdant scenery at Mureung Valley, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hwanseongul Cave. On your second day here, head outdoors with Mangsang Beac, don't miss a visit to Mukho Port, and then stroll through Chuam Beach.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Donghae trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sokcho to Donghae. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Donghae

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Hwanseongul Cave
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:
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Chuam Beach ©
Chuam Beach
Mureung Valley ©
Mureung Valley
Hwanseongul Cave ©
Hwanseongul Cave

2
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.
On the 9th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, then appreciate the history behind Seokguram, and finally admire the masterpieces at Art Sonje Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Girimsa Temple, then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then explore the activities along Anapji Pond, and finally contemplate the long history of Oksan Seowon.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Donghae to Gyeongju. February in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

2
nights
Changnyeong-gun

Changnyeong-gun ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): trek along Hwawangsan Mountain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Upo Wetland. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Yeongnamlu, examine the collection at Miryang City Museum, then admire the striking features of Aranggak Pavilion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyochungsa Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Changnyeong Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Changnyeong-gun trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gyeongju to Changnyeong-gun. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Changnyeong-gun, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Miryang
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
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Upo Wetland ©
Upo Wetland
Yeongnamlu ©
Yeongnamlu
Hwawangsan Mountain ©
Hwawangsan Mountain

5
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Visit Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Gamcheon Culture Village and Haedong Yonggung Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Busan: Ulsan (Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden & Seoknamsa Temple). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Songjeong Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Bokcheon Museum.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Changnyeong-gun to Busan with the Route module. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ulsan
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

7
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Appreciate the collections at Hallim Park and Jeju National Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gwaneumsa Temple and Bulsari Tapsa Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Geomunoreum, stroll through Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sangumburi Crater, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Halla Mountain.

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Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Busan to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Geomunoreum ©
Geomunoreum
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong

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