15 days in South Korea Itinerary

15 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
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Daegu
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Gwangju
— 2 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Haneul Park and The Garden of Morning Calm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Nari Park (in Yangju) and Yuldong Park (in Seongnam). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, appreciate the history behind Statue of Sejong the Great, admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea, and examine the collection at Grevin Museum.

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Saint Louis, USA to Seoul is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Saint Louis to Seoul. When traveling from Saint Louis in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Seoul, with highs around 66°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Daegu.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Daegu

— 2 nights
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Donghwasa has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Gatbawi Rock and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eunhaesa Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Gukchaebosang Memorial Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Donghwasa.

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Getting from Seoul to Daegu by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Daegu when traveling from Seoul in October, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Busan.

Things to do in Daegu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Busan

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Yu Chi-hwan Postbox Observatory, kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach, then stroll around Amnam Park, and finally take in the views from Busan Harbor Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Oryukdo Island, get great views at Taejongdae, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then stroll around Yongdusan Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Samgwangsa Temple.

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You can take a bus from Daegu to Busan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Busan are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Gwangju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Gwangju

— 2 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of 1913 Songjeong Station Market and then get into the urban bustle at U.Square Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Uijae Museum of Korean Art, and finally take a stroll through Dongmyeong-dong Cafe Street.

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Traveling by bus from Busan to Gwangju takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Seoul

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at The War Memorial of Korea, stroll around Yeouido Park, and then see the interesting displays at Dongdaemun Stadium Memorial. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheonggyecheon Stream, and finally take a stroll through Insadong.

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Traveling by train from Gwangju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Gwangju in October since evenings lows in Seoul dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.