36 days in South Korea & Saipan Itinerary

36 days in South Korea & Saipan Itinerary

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36 days in South Korea & Saipan Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly:  16​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
2
Chuncheon, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sokcho, South Korea
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Andong, South Korea
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Suncheon, South Korea
— 2 nights
8
Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
9
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

5
nights
Seoul, South Korea

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bukhansan National Park and Green Wall. Pack the 26th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and make a trip to Jongmyo Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seoul road trip planning website .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Seoul is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in March: highs in Seoul hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

2
nights
Chuncheon, South Korea

Chuncheon ©
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheongpyeongsa, then step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, and then examine the collection at Chuncheon Makguksu Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of World Oncheon, examine the collection at Chuncheon Art Gallery, and then find something for the whole family at Gangchon Rail Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Chuncheon driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Seoul to Chuncheon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Nature Parks Theme Parks
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa

4
nights
Sokcho, South Korea

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gyeongpo Beach and Gwongeumseong Fortress. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Naksansa Temple (in Yangyang-gun), Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Ojukheon (in Gangneung). Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Ulsanbawi Rock, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, hunt for treasures at Sokcho Jungang Market, and go for a walk through Cheonjin Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sokcho vacation website .

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Sokcho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gangneung, Cheonjin Beach, Baekdamsa Temple, 산1-107 Hoenggye-ri, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Naksansa Temple
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock

2
nights
Andong, South Korea

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a stroll through Yeongju Museom Village, examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take in the views from Wollyeongo Bridge, examine the collection at Andong Folk Museum, then wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gounsa Temple.

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You can drive from Sokcho to Andong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Andong sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Gounsa Temple, Yeongju Museom Village
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Bongjeongsa ©
Bongjeongsa

2
nights
Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area, and then explore the activities along Anapji Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School, then steep yourself in history at Seokguram, and finally contemplate the long history of Yangdong Folk Village.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gyeongju journey tool .

Take a bus from Andong to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

5
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Explore hidden gems such as Songaksan Mountain and Bijarim Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Alive Museum, Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Hyeopjae Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach, get in on the family fun at Hallim Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Jeju online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gyeongju to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Suncheon.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Jeongbang Waterfall ©
Jeongbang Waterfall
Bijarim Forest ©
Bijarim Forest
Songaksan Mountain ©
Songaksan Mountain

2
nights
Suncheon, South Korea

Suncheon ©
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 13th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Nagan Eupseong Folk Village, steep yourself in history at Suncheon Hyanggyo, then walk around Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, and finally admire the natural beauty at Suncheon Bay Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Suncheon Open Film Set, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seonamsa Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songgwangsa Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saseongam Temple 四聖庵.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Suncheon road trip planning website .

You can fly from Jeju to Suncheon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Suncheon can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Suncheon

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Saseongam Temple 四聖庵
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Nagan Eupseong Folk Village ©
Nagan Eupseong Folk Village
Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve ©
Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve
Suncheon Bay Garden ©
Suncheon Bay Garden

4
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Dongbaekseom Island. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 17th (Fri) at some of the best spas. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of UN Memorial Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, and take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Busan tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Suncheon to Busan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Busan when traveling from Suncheon in April, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saipan.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Spas Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangandaegyo Bridge ©
Gwangandaegyo Bridge
Dongbaekseom Island ©
Dongbaekseom Island

6
nights
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan ©
As the largest of Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan represents an important entry port in the archipelago.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Grotto and Puntan Sabaneta. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Tapochao, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Bird Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Micro Beach.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saipan tour planner .

Explore your travel options from Busan to Saipan with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Korea Standard Time (KST) to Chamorro Standard Time (ChST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Busan in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Saipan, with highs around 35°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saipan

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Joeten Shopping Center
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The Grotto ©
The Grotto
Mt.Tapochao ©
Mt.Tapochao
Scuba & Snorkeling

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