16 days in South Korea Itinerary

16 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Fly to Gimpo International Airport, Drive to Incheon
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Incheon
— 2 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
Fly
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Seoul
— 5 nights
Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Lyon

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Incheon — 2 nights

The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Step out of Incheon with an excursion to Gogang Prehistoric Relics Park in Bucheon--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Bupyeong History Museum, hunt for treasures at Sinpo International Market, explore the galleries of The Memorial Hall for Incheon Landing Operation, and stroll around Sangdong Lake Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Incheon trip builder website.

Lyon, France to Incheon is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Lyon to Incheon is 8 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Step out of Sokcho to go to Yangyang-gun and see Naksansa Temple, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Ulsanbawi Rock, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, hunt for treasures at Sokcho Central Market, and don't miss a visit to Dongmyeong Port.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Incheon to Sokcho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Gyeongju.
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Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Gyeongju — 3 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.
Gyeongju is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo, and don't miss a visit to Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gyeongju online itinerary maker.

Fly from Sokcho to Gyeongju in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Gyeongju can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul — 5 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.
Pack the 11th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Seoul tour planner.

You can fly from Gyeongju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Gyeongju in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Seoul, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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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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