17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

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17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Seoul
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Busan
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Gwangju
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Seoul
— 6 nights
End: Seoul

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ttukseom Hangang Park, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Hongdae Art Market Free Market, and other attractions you added. Visit Changdeokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch) and Seoul Forest. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Insadong, make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Seoul vacation planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Seoul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Seoul at 35°C and lows at 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Jogyesa Temple ©
Jogyesa Temple

2
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
You've added Anapji Pond, Golgulsa Temple, Seokguram, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Cheonmachong Tomb, and finally explore the activities along Anapji Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Tongiljeon, contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golgulsa Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gyeongju trip planner.

Fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Seoul, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Igidae Park, Taejongdae, Nampo Underground Shopping Center, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nampo Underground Shopping Center, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Igidae Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Busan day trip planning site .

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in August, you will find days in Busan are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gwangju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

2
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. You've added Gwangju Art Street, 1913 Songjeong Market, 5.18 Memorial Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Gwangju National Museum, get engrossed in the history at Gwangju Folk Museum, then pause for some photo ops at 5.18 Memorial Park, then browse the different shops at U.Square Cultural Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of 1913 Songjeong Market. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Mudeungsan National Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, then get into the urban bustle at Asia Culture Center, and finally stop by Yangdong Market.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gwangju online day trip planner .

You can drive from Busan to Gwangju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Busan in August, plan for slightly colder days in Gwangju, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gwangju

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
1913 Songjeong Market ©
1913 Songjeong Market
Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple ©
Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple

6
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sungnyemun Gate, Gangnam Underground Shopping area, Cheonggyecheon Stream, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lotte World Tower & Mall and Gwanghwamun Square. Do your shopping at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Enjoy Seoul some more: steep yourself in history at Namsangol Hanok Village, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and stroll around Naksan Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul planning tool .

You can take a train from Gwangju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Gwangju in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Seoul, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

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