16 days in South Korea Itinerary

16 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Gwacheon
— 2 nights
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Iksan
— 1 night
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Gwangju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 2 nights
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Daegu
— 1 night
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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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Palace Museum of Korea will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Trickeye Museum Seoul and Seoul Museum of History. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch), and admire the striking features of Deoksugung.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Seoul itinerary planning tool.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Seoul is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Seoul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gwacheon.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Gwacheon

— 2 nights
Gwacheon is a city in Gyeonggi-do Province, South Korea. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Cheonggyesan Mountain, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheonggyesa Temple, then see the sky in a new way at National Gwacheon Science Museum, and finally walk around LetsRun Park Seoul(Seoul Racecourse Park). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Seoul Grand Park, then admire the masterpieces at MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, and then get in on the family fun at Seoul Land.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gwacheon online tour itinerary planner.

Gwacheon is just a stone's throw from Seoul. In July, daytime highs in Gwacheon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Iksan.

Things to do in Gwacheon

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Iksan

— 1 night
Iksan is a city and major railway junction in North Jeolla Province, (commonly transliterated as Jeollabuk-do or Chollabuk-do) South Korea.The city center and railway junction was formerly called "Iri", but merged with Iksan County (Iksan-gun) in 1995.The railway junction is located at the point where Jeolla, Janghang and Gunsan Lines meet the Honam Line and is served by frequent train service to/from Seoul, Daejeon, Gwangju, Mokpo, Jeonju, Suncheon, and Yeosu.Jeonbuk National University Iksan campus (before, it was Iksan National College), the Won Buddhism Graduate School, Wonkwang Health Science College, and Wonkwang University are all located in Iksan.This city is called “The City of Jewelry." The Iksan Jewelry Museum opened in May 2002 next to a Dinosaur museum. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Wanggung-ri Relics Museum, then contemplate the long history of Seodong Park, then get engrossed in the history at Mireuksaji National Museum, and finally stop by Iksan Siloam Gidokgyo Baekhwajeom.

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Explore your travel options from Gwacheon to Iksan with the Route module. In July in Iksan, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Iksan

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Gwangju

— 2 nights
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. On the 5th (Mon), wander the streets of Dongmyeong-dong Cafe Street, take a stroll around U.Square Cultural Center, then steep yourself in history at May 18th National Cemetery, and finally make a trip to 1913 Songjeong Station Market. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Yangnim-dong History & Culture Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, admire the masterpieces at Uijae Museum of Korean Art, examine the collection at WooJaeGil Art Museum, then examine the collection at Chosun University Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gwangju Folk Museum.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iksan to Gwangju. Traveling from Iksan in July, you will find days in Gwangju are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Busan.

Things to do in Gwangju

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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 7th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Busan Station Plaza, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, stroll around Yongdusan Park, then see the interesting displays at Trick Eye Museum, then view the masterpieces at Tower Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, then head outdoors with Songjeong Beach, and finally take in the views from Busan Harbor Bridge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Busan online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gwangju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Gwangju, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Daegu.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Daegu

— 1 night
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
On the 9th (Fri), stop by Bongsan Culture Street, see the interesting displays at Sanghwa Yi's Old House, examine the collection at Heeum - Museum of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, then buy something for everyone on your list at Hyundai Department Store Daegu, then get to know the fascinating history of Cheongna Hill, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Seomun Market.

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Getting from Busan to Daegu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Daegu, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Daegu

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.