12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Busan
— 3 nights
2
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
3
Gwangju
— 2 nights
4
Daegu
— 1 night
5
Seoul
— 2 nights

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, get outside with Gwangalli Beach, and stroll around Yongdusan Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Busan online trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Busan is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Busan. In April, Busan is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

2
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
On the 2nd (Wed), appreciate the history behind Seokguram, thencontemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, thenpause for some photo ops at Daereungwon, thencontemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in May, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond

2
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. On the 4th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Mudeungsan National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at May 18th National Cemetery.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gwangju online tour planner.

Drive from Gyeongju to Gwangju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Gyeongju in May; daily highs in Gwangju reach °C and lows reach °C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Daegu.

Things to do in Gwangju

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
May 18th National Cemetery ©
May 18th National Cemetery

1
night
Daegu

Daegu
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): walk around Daegu Duryu Park, thenstroll around Apsan Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Donghwasa.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Daegu online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Gwangju to Daegu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Gwangju in May, plan for much warmer days in Daegu, with highs around °C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Seoul.

Things to do in Daegu

Parks Historic Sites
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Apsan Park
Apsan Park
Donghwasa ©
Donghwasa
Daegu Duryu Park ©
Daegu Duryu Park

2
nights
Seoul

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower, and then shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Changdeokgung Palace and then take a stroll through Insadong.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Daegu to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Daegu in May: highs in Seoul hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

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

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