13 days in South Korea Itinerary

13 days in South Korea Itinerary

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13 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Busan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Seoul
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Popular historic sites such as Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gamcheon Culture Village and Busan Museum of Art. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, stroll through Songdo Beach, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and hunt for treasures at Gukje Market.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Busan day trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Busan is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Busan is 1 hour. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, plan for little chillier days in Busan, with highs around 26°C, while nights are colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, then steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally pause for some photo ops at Daereungwon. On your second day here, make a trip to Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond, contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, and finally steep yourself in history at Gyeongju Historic Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gyeongju day trip website .

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a train. In October in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

6
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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Marketfor plenty of shopping. Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Changdeokgung Palace, get great views at N Seoul Tower, learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul itinerary planner.

Getting from Gyeongju to Seoul by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Paju
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

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