16 days in South Korea Itinerary

16 days in South Korea Itinerary

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16 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  22 h
1
Busan
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Seoul
— 9 nights
Train + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Houston

5
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongju Historic Area and Haedong Yonggung Temple. Popular historic sites such as Yeojwacheon Stream and Donggwang Church are in your itinerary. Explore Busan's surroundings by going to Gimhae National Museum (in Gimhae) and Yangsan (Tongdosa Temple & Tongdosa Seongbo Museum). There's still lots to do: stroll through Gwangalli Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Geumjeongsan Mountain.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Busan road trip planner.

Houston, USA to Busan is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Houston to Busan, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in October, things will get little chillier in Busan: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yangsan, Yeojwacheon Stream, Gyeongju Historic Area, Gimhae National Museum
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Dadaepo Beach ©
Dadaepo Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach

9
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and LINE Friends Flagship Store Myeongdong Stationfor some retail therapy. Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Bucheon Botanical Garden (in Bucheon), Mulhyanggi Arboretum (in Osan) and Jade Garden Natural Arboretum (in Chuncheon). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park, appreciate the history behind Gwanghwamun Gate, make a trip to Hwaseong Fortress, and steep yourself in history at Deoksugung.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Seoul day trip site .

You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Busan, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Incheon, Mulhyanggi Arboretum, World Flower Botanical Garden, Singu Daehak Arboretum, Hwaseong Fortress
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress
Insadong ©
Insadong

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