11 days in South Korea Itinerary

11 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner
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Busan
— 1 night
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Fly
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Seoul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Busan
— 1 night
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Busan — 1 night

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Haeundae Cinema Street and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Igidae Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): snap pictures at Busandaegyo Bridge, kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach, then walk around Amnam Park, and finally make a trip to Choryang Story The Way.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Busan trip planner.

Newark, USA to Busan is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Busan are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Gyeongju — 2 nights

Museum Without Walls

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 4th (Tue), take in the views from Woljeonggyo Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Oksanseowon Confucian Academy, and then admire the masterpieces at Art Sonje Museum. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Shilla Arts and Science Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golgulsa Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Girimsa Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul — 3 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seoul Museum of History and Love Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Haneul Park and National Palace Museum of Korea. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at 3D Black Art Museum, explore the world behind art at Arario Museum in Space, make a trip to Ikseon-dong Hanok Street, and get engrossed in the history at The Story of King Sejong & The Story of Admiral Yi Sunshin.

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

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for Busan.
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Busan — 1 night

On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Tomb of King Suro.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Busan tour planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in October, you will find days in Busan are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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