12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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12 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + Fly + train:  19​h 15​min
1
Seoul
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sokcho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Andong
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Gyeongju
— 1 night
5
Busan
— 2 nights
6
Yeosu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Philadelphia

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.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with CGV Yongsan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seoul Central Mosque, then examine the collection at 3D Black Art Museum, and finally look for gifts at Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seoul trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Seoul is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Seoul due to the time zone difference. In August in Seoul, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun ©
Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun
3D Black Art Museum ©
3D Black Art Museum

1
night
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 13th (Tue), Head underground at Geumganggul Cave, then examine the collection at National Mountain Museum, and then go for a walk through Cheonjin Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sokcho route maker tool .

Drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Sokcho

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cheonjin Beach
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National Mountain Museum ©
National Mountain Museum
Geumganggul Cave ©
Geumganggul Cave

1
night
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
On the 14th (Wed), examine the collection at Yiyuksa Munhakgwan, examine the collection at Yugyo Munhwa Museum, wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), then steep yourself in history at Goseongissi Tapdongpa Jongtaek (Gosoeng Lee Head Family Estate), and finally steep yourself in history at Imcheonggak House.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Andong trip maker .

Getting from Sokcho to Andong by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Gyerim Forest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Girimsa Temple, steep yourself in history at Geumgwanchong Tomb, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golgulsa Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gyeongju trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from Andong to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Andong in August, you will find days in Gyeongju are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Golgulsa Temple ©
Golgulsa Temple
Girimsa Temple ©
Girimsa Temple
Geumgwanchong Tomb ©
Geumgwanchong Tomb

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Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 16th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Busan Tower, view the masterpieces at Tower Gallery, then take in the pleasant sights at Statue of Chungmoogong, then hunt for treasures at Gijang Market, and finally look for gifts at Haeundae Market. On the next day, take in the views from Busan Harbor Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Gimhae National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of King Suro, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dadaepo Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Busan visit site .

Drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in August, you will find days in Busan are somewhat warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Yeosu.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gimhae
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Tower Gallery ©
Tower Gallery
Tomb of King Suro ©
Tomb of King Suro
Gimhae National Museum ©
Gimhae National Museum

2
nights
Yeosu

Yeosu ©
A serene port city midway along South Korea's south coast, Yeosu offers a waterfront of marinas, seafood, and scenic island views.
On the 18th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeosu HeungGukSa Temple, contemplate the long history of Yeosu Jinnamgwan, take a stroll through Nangman Pocha Street (Cart Bars), then take an in-depth tour of Aeyangwon History Hall, and finally hunt for treasures at Yeosu Fish Market. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Manseongri Black Sand Beach, engage your brain at Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Yang Mori School.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yeosu trip planner .

Getting from Busan to Yeosu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yeosu

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Yangmori School
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Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum ©
Yeosu Jinnamgwan ©
Yeosu Jinnamgwan
Yeosu HeungGukSa Temple ©
Yeosu HeungGukSa Temple

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