43 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Fly to Jeju International Airport, Drive to Seogwipo
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Seogwipo, Jeju Island
— 17 nights
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Suncheon
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 6 nights
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
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Sokcho
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 9 nights
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Seogwipo, Jeju Island — 17 nights

Jeju Island's second city, Seogwipo acts as a base for explorations of the island's south.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yongmeori Beach and Seopjikoji. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff and Alive Museum Jeju. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jeongbang Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Sanbangsan Mountain, examine the collection at Teddy Bear Museum Jeju, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakchunsa Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seogwipo trip app.

Adelaide, Australia to Seogwipo is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is minus 0.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Suncheon.
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Suncheon — 2 nights

Korea's Ecological Capital.

Establishing a name for itself as "Korea's Ecological Capital," Suncheon sits nestled on the southwest coastline of the Korean peninsula, a haven of scenic beauty.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Bangwon Dinosaur Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, and then contemplate the long history of Okcheon Seowon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Suncheon Bay Garden, walk around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, and then contemplate the long history of Suncheon Hyanggyo.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Suncheon trip itinerary website.

Getting from Seogwipo to Suncheon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January, daily temperatures in Suncheon can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Busan.
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Busan — 6 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kids will enjoy Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Songdo Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Gwangalli Beach and Spas. There's still lots to do: stroll around Dongbaekseom, go for a walk through Igidae Park, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Busan driving holiday planner.

Drive from Suncheon to Busan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Suncheon in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Busan, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daewangam Park and Gyeongju National Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Ulsan Grand Park and Cheonmachong Tomb. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Daereungwon Tomb Complex, steep yourself in history at Seochulji Pond in Gyeongju, and explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

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You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in January: highs in Gyeongju hover around 1°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 5 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Attractions like Ulsanbawi Rock and Jeongdongjin Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Naksansa Temple and Gwongeumseong Fortress. Explore Sokcho's surroundings by going to Gangneung (Sodol Adeul Bawi Park, Jumunjin Lighthouse, &more) and Woljeongsa Temple (in Pyeongchang-gun). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Cheonjin Beach, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, kick back and relax at Sokcho Beach, and stroll around Sokch Seorak Sunrise Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho road trip planning site.

You can fly from Gyeongju to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.
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Seoul — 9 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 discover tucked-away gems like The Garden of Morning Calm and Myeong-dong Cathedral. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Gangchon Rail Park and Samcheongdong-gil Road. Step out of Seoul to go to Chuncheon and see Jungdo Amusement Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. On the 24th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Ewha Womans University, explore the wide array of goods at Shinsegae Dept. Store Main, appreciate the history behind Statue of Sejong the Great, and browse the different shops at GOTO Mall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner.

Drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January in Seoul, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to 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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