18 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea trip planner
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Seoul
— 8 nights
Train
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Daegu
— 3 nights
Train
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Gyeongju
— 1 night
Drive
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Seoul — 8 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 Songdo Central Park and Deoksugung. Spend the 11th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, and walk around Banpo Hangang Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul tour planning app.

Dallas, USA to Seoul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in September: highs in Seoul hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Daegu.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Side Trip
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Daegu — 3 nights

The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Haeinsa and Daemyung Oil Reservoir. Step out of Daegu with an excursion to Eunhaesa Temple in Yeongcheon--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Donghwasa, take in the pleasant sights at Wolgwang Waterfront Park, walk around Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheongna Hill.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Daegu attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Seoul to Daegu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in September, you will find days in Daegu are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are a bit cooler (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Gyeongju.
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Historic Sites · Parks
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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 18th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golgulsa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyeongju Hyanggyo.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip planner.

Traveling by train from Daegu to Gyeongju takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Daegu in September, you will find days in Gyeongju are slightly colder (71°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Busan.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Busan — 4 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gwangalli Beach and Choryang Story The Way. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach, stroll around Amnam Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, and get outside with Haeundae Beach.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Busan road trip website.

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gyeongju in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
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South Korea travel guide

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History Museums · Shopping · 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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