30 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 5 nights
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Suncheon
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 6 nights
Fly to Cheongju International Airport/Cheongju Air Base (K-59/G-513), Drive to Gongju
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Gongju
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Busan — 5 nights

Step out of Busan with an excursion to Oedo Botania in Geoje--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and stroll around Busan Citizens Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Busan day trip site.

Paris, France to Busan is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in May, with highs in Busan at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 2 nights

Museum Without Walls

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond and then examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju journey planner.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Busan in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Take a break from Sokcho with a short trip to Naksansa Temple in Yangyang-gun, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, don't miss a visit to Yeonggeumjeong, admire the sheer force of Biryong Falls, and make a splash at Seorak Waterpia.

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You can fly from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 3 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Suncheon: Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon (in Boseong-gun), Peace Park (in Gwangju) and Gurye-gun (Hwaeomsa Temple & Saseongam Temple 四聖庵). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Songgwangsa Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, and see the interesting displays at Seonamsa Seongbo Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Suncheon road trip site.

You can fly from Sokcho to Suncheon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Suncheon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 6 nights

Island of the Gods

Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gasiri Wind Power Plant, &more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple, admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park, and hike along Saryeoni Forest Path.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Suncheon to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Gongju.
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Gongju — 3 nights

Explore Gongju's surroundings by going to Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan) and Buyeo-gun (Nakhwaam Rock, Busosanseong Fortress, &more).

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Gongju trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jeju to Gongju. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seoul.
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Seoul — 7 nights

Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, and steep yourself in history at Jongmyo Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gongju to Seoul. In June, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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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