19 days in South Korea Itinerary

19 days in South Korea Itinerary

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19 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  31​h 30​min
1
Busan
— 3 nights
2
Gyeongju
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Changnyeong-gun
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Daegu
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Seoul
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Beomeosa Temple and Chilcheonryang Seabattle Memorial Park. Explore hidden gems such as Geoje Shipbuilding and Maritime Cultural Centre and Trickeye Museum Busan. Step out of Busan with an excursion to Gimhae National Museum in Gimhae--about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, snap pictures at Busan Harbor Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Gallery 604.

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Phoenix, USA to Busan is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Korea Standard Time is 16 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in October, expect Busan to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Geoje, Gimhae National Museum
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Gimhae National Museum ©
Gimhae National Museum
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gyeongju Bird Park and Seoknamsa Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gyeongju: Ulsan (Boksoondoga & Ulsan Theme Botanic Garden) and Jukdo Market (in Pohang). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju road trip site .

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a train. October in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Changnyeong-gun.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Ulsan, Jukdo Market
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum
Cheomseongdae Observatory ©
Cheomseongdae Observatory

3
nights
Changnyeong-gun

Changnyeong-gun ©
Get some cultural insight at Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site and Changnyeong Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Miryang City Museum and Bugok Hawaii. Change things up with these side-trips from Changnyeong-gun: Miryang (Pyochungsa Temple & Yeongnamlu).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Changnyeong-gun trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Gyeongju to Changnyeong-gun with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gyeongju in October since evenings lows in Changnyeong-gun dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Daegu.

Things to do in Changnyeong-gun

Baths Spas Theme Parks

Side Trips

Miryang, Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site
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Upo Wetland ©
Upo Wetland
Yeongnamlu ©
Yeongnamlu
Pyochungsa Temple ©
Pyochungsa Temple

2
nights
Daegu

Daegu ©
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Geumosan Provincial Park, then see the interesting displays at Daegu Safety Theme Park, and then contemplate the long history of Donghwasa.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Daegu vacation site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Changnyeong-gun to Daegu. In October, daytime highs in Daegu are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Seoul.

Things to do in Daegu

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Geumosan Provincial Park, Haeinsa
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Daegu Art Museum ©
Daegu Art Museum
Haeinsa ©
Haeinsa
Donghwasa ©
Donghwasa

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gyeongbokgung Palace and Baek In-Je House Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Changdeokgung Palace and Myeong-dong Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Mulhyanggi Arboretum (in Osan) and Bucheon Sikmulwon (in Bucheon). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Insadong, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seoul road trip website .

You can take a train from Daegu to Seoul in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Daegu in October, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bucheon Botanical Garden, Mulhyanggi Arboretum
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul

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