12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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12 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Seoul
train:  1​h 15​min
1
Daejeon
— Few hours
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Busan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
4
Andong
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Gangneung
— 1 night
6
Seoul
— 3 nights
End: Seoul

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Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
You've now added Expo Bridge to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Daejeon travel route builder website .

Seoul to Daejeon is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. February in Daejeon sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -7°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Busan.
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Expo Bridge ©
Expo Bridge

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You've added Jagalchi Market, Gijang Market, Haeundae Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Gijang Market, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then get into the festive atmosphere at Busan Fireworks Festival, then take an in-depth tour of Gimhae National Museum, and finally stop by Kiel Lotte Gwangbok Store. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Busan Harbor Bridge, kick back and relax at Songdo Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namcheon Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and finally hunt for treasures at Bujeon Market.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Busan tour itinerary maker site .

Take a train from Daejeon to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Daejeon in February: high temperatures in Busan hover around 10°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Shopping Events Beaches

Side Trip

Gimhae National Museum
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Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach
Gimhae National Museum ©
Gimhae National Museum
Gijang Market ©
Gijang Market

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.
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Hyanggyo Confucian School, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jukdo Market, then examine the collection at The National Lighthouse Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Homigot Sunrise Plaza.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gyeongju, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Busan in February: highs in Gyeongju hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Pohang
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Gyeongju National Park ©
Gyeongju National Park
Jukdo Market
Jukdo Market
Homigot Sunrise Plaza ©
Homigot Sunrise Plaza

3
nights
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 1st (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gounsa Temple, then take a stroll through Yeongju Museom Village, then contemplate the long history of Goseongissi Tapdongpa Jongtaek (Gosoeng Lee Head Family Estate), and finally steep yourself in history at Imcheonggak House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Yiyuksa Munhakgwan, then examine the collection at Yugyo Munhwa Museum, then wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), and finally examine the collection at Traditional Culture Contents Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Andong online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Andong takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Gangneung.

Things to do in Andong

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Gounsa Temple, Yeongju Museom Village
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1
night
Gangneung

Gangneung ©
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
On the 3rd (Sun), trek along Jeongdong-Simgok Badabuchae-gil Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gangmun Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Heogyun and Heonanseolheon Memorial Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Gangneung Jungang Market and then kick back and relax at Sacheonjin Beach.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gangneung online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Andong to Gangneung in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sacheonjin Beach ©
Sacheonjin Beach

3
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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Achasan Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seoul Central Mosque, and then take an in-depth tour of Seodaemun Prison History Hall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seoul online trip planner .

You can take a train from Gangneung to Seoul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Suwon
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Seodaemun Prison History Hall ©
Seodaemun Prison History Hall
Janganmun Gate ©
Janganmun Gate
Seoul Central Mosque ©
Seoul Central Mosque

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