42 days in South Korea, China & Singapore Itinerary

42 days in South Korea, China & Singapore Itinerary

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Fly to Gimpo International Airport, Drive to Incheon
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Incheon, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Subway
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Chuncheon, South Korea
— 4 nights
Bus
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Sokcho, South Korea
— 2 nights
Bus to Gangbyeon Station, Subway to Suwon
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Suwon, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Andong, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Jeonju, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly
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Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly to Hong Kong, Ferry to Macau
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Macau, China
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
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Singapore, Singapore
— 4 nights
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Incheon, South Korea — 2 nights

The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
On the 2nd (Sat), make a trip to Chinatown, then snap pictures at Incheon Bridge, then walk around Songdo Central Park, and finally hunt for treasures at Sinpo International Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bomunsa Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondeungsa Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Incheon vacation planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Incheon is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Incheon. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect nights in Incheon to be somewhat warmer, around 22°C, while days are much warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Seoul.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea — 4 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.
Seoul is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner.

Seoul is just a stone's throw from Incheon. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Incheon in September: highs in Seoul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Chuncheon.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Chuncheon, South Korea — 4 nights

The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
Venture out of the city with trips to Vivaldi Park Ocean World (in Hongcheon-gun), Petite France (in Gapyeong-gun) and Museum SAN (in Wonju). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Nami Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Jade Garden Natural Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Animation Museum, and take a stroll through Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chuncheon tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Seoul to Chuncheon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Traveling from Seoul in September, expect nights in Chuncheon to be a bit cooler, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.
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Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
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Sokcho, South Korea — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naksansa Temple, then trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, and then take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sokcho attractions site.

Getting from Chuncheon to Sokcho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Chuncheon in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sokcho: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Suwon.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails
Side Trip

Suwon, South Korea — 2 nights

City of Filial Piety

The city of Suwon lies close to the country's capital, and brings in visitors on day trips, mainly to see its old city walls.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hwahongmun Gate, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hwaseong Fortress, and then contemplate the long history of Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Korean Folk Village.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Suwon using our trip planner.

Getting from Sokcho to Suwon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sokcho in September, with highs in Suwon at 30°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Andong.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks
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Andong, South Korea — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then contemplate the long history of Byeongsan Seowon. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Yiyuksa Literary Museum, steep yourself in history at Dosanseowon Confucian School, and then snap pictures at Weolyeonggyo Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Andong online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Suwon to Andong in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Suwon in September, things will get a bit cooler in Andong: highs are around 24°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jeonju.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Jeonju, South Korea — 4 nights

If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Explore Jeonju's surroundings by going to Gwanghallu Pavilion (in Namwon), Hanbat Arboretum (in Daejeon) and Hwaeomsa Temple (in Gurye-gun). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tapsa Temple, contemplate the long history of Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School, take an in-depth tour of Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall, and examine the collection at Royal Portrait Museum.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jeonju trip planner.

Traveling by car from Andong to Jeonju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Andong in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jeonju, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Gyeongju, South Korea — 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Gatbawi Rock (in Gyeongsan) and Daegu (Donghwasa & Gukchaebosang Memorial Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, make a splash at Gyeongju California Beach Water Park, contemplate the long history of Gyeongju Hyanggyo, and explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jeonju to Gyeongju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Jeonju in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks
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Busan, South Korea — 3 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: get outside with Haeundae Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gyeongju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Jeju.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Jeju, South Korea — 3 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.
Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Halla Mountain & Seongsan Ilchulbong). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, step off the mainland to explore Udo, kick back and relax at Woljeongri Beach, and get outside with Hamdeok Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jeju travel route planning website.

Fly from Busan to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Jeju when traveling from Busan in September, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Macau.
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Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip

Macau, China — 2 nights

Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kun Iam Temple, delve into the distant past at Ruins of St. Paul's, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Centre of Macau, and finally examine the collection at Maritime Museum. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Inclined Elevator (Grand Taipa Viewing Platform), then try to win big at Casino at Venetian Macao, then make a trip to Largo do Senado (Senado Square), and finally examine the collection at Macao Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Macau trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Jeju to Macau in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeju to Macau is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a combination of to Hong Kong.
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Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums

Hong Kong, China — 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and walk around Nan Lian Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hong Kong route planning tool.

You can do a combination of from Macau to Hong Kong in an hour. Other options are to drive; or ride a ferry. In October in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Singapore.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Singapore, Singapore — 4 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Singapore is known for parks, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Singapore Zoo, stroll through Gardens by the Bay, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Singapore, and take in nature's colorful creations at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Singapore takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Singapore are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
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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Gangwon-do travel guide

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Islands · National Parks · Beaches
Predominantly mountainous, the northernmost province of Gangwon-do offers a wide range of outdoor activities in natural scenery. A typical Gangwon-do itinerary includes scenic hikes through national parks dotted by Buddha statues and tall pagodas, plus relaxation on clean beaches in summer or excellent skiing in winter. Take a cable car to enjoy a view of the World Heritage-listed mountain biosphere, and tour the Demilitarized Zone to understand the magnitude of foreign-imposed division. Forests with edible alpine plants and mushrooms add unique flavors to Gangwon-do's cuisine, which also uses cuttlefish and pollock harvested from the long, steep coast.
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China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.
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