11 days in South Korea Itinerary

11 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Jeju, Jeju Island
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Haneul Park and Grevin Museum. Change things up with a short trip to National Gwacheon Science Museum in Gwacheon (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Ikseon-dong Hanok Street, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jungbu Market, take in the awesome beauty at Inwangsan Mountain, and examine the collection at National Gugak Center.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Seoul is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in October: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 22°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Busan.
Museums · Shopping · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Busan — 3 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hwangnyeongsan Mountain and Jangsan Mountain. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Namcheon Cathedral of the Holy Cross, stroll around Democracy Park, don't miss a visit to Busan Children's Grand Park, and get engrossed in the history at Provisional Capital Memorial Hall.

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Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in October, expect nights in Busan to be little chillier, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly to Jeju.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 3 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jeju Stone Park and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Play Kpop & Gapado Island). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Saebyeol Oreum, walk around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park, and admire the natural beauty at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm.

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Traveling by flight from Busan to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Busan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Jeju, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums
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South Korea travel guide

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.