36 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 4 nights
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Andong
— 3 nights
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
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Gwangju
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
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Seoul
— 8 nights
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Busan — 6 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, examine the collection at Busan Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

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Sydney, Australia to Busan is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Busan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Busan: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can 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.
Explore Gyeongju's surroundings by going to Ulsan (Taehwagang National Garden, Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju trip builder tool.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Busan in September: highs in Gyeongju hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Andong.
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Andong — 3 nights

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gunwi Buddha Triad Grotto (2nd Seokguram) (in Gunwi-gun), Cheongnyangsa Temple (in Bonghwa-gun) and Sosuseowon Confucian Academy (in Yeongju). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, and explore the striking landscape at Buyongdae.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Andong online route planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Andong, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jeju: Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Seongsan Ilchulbong, &more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, stroll around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park, head off the coast to Udo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Andong to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Andong in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Jeju: highs are around 30°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Gwangju.
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Gwangju — 4 nights

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gwangju: Gochangeupseong Fortress (in Gochang-gun), Gwanghallu Pavilion (in Namwon) and Naesosa Temple (in Buan-gun). Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Mudeungsan National Park. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Unjusa.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gwangju trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Jeju to Gwangju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Jeju in September, Gwangju is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inje-gun (Baekdamsa Temple & Oseam Temple) and Yangyang-gun (Uisangdae & Naksansa Temple). Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and head outdoors with Biryong Falls.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sokcho trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Gwangju to Sokcho in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Sokcho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Suwon (Hwaseong Haenggung Palace & Hwaseong Fortress) and DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Insadong, and walk around Namsan Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seoul trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Seoul sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly 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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