13 days in South Korea Itinerary

13 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Busan
— 1 night
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
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Andong
— 1 night
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Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 2 nights
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Seoul
— 3 nights
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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 1st (Tue), get great views at Taejongdae and then take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge. On the next day, stroll around Dongbaekseom, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Busan trip itinerary builder site.

Manila, Philippines to Busan is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Manila in November, things will get cooler in Busan: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Gyeongju — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, and then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gyeongju online tour builder.

You can drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Busan in November, you will find days in Gyeongju are a bit cooler (10°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Andong.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Andong — 1 night

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village and then take in the views from Weolyeonggyo Bridge.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Andong itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Andong sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Jeju.
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Historic Sites
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Jeju, Jeju Island — 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hyeopjae Beach and Bijarim Forest. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff & Jeongbang Waterfall). Spend the 7th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: walk around Hallim Park, Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, head outdoors with Hamdeok Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Jeju route builder.

Traveling by flight from Andong to Jeju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 2 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Gwongeumseong Fortress, trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, then take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, then enjoy the sea views from Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory, and finally kick back and relax at Cheonjin Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Seoraksan National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sokcho trip builder app.

You can fly from Jeju to Sokcho in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive 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.
Seoul is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, explore the world behind art at National Folk Museum of Korea, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Sokcho to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Seoul are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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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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