17 days in South Korea Itinerary

17 days in South Korea Itinerary

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17 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Incheon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jeonju
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Busan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Gyeongju
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Gangneung
— 1 night
train:  3​h
6
Seoul
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

1
night
Incheon

Incheon ©
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
On the 17th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Chinatown, kick back and relax at Eurwangni Beach, then snap pictures at Incheon Bridge, and finally walk around Songdo Central Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Incheon sightseeing planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Incheon is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Incheon is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in October, things will get colder in Incheon: highs are around 68°F and lows about 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Jeonju.

Things to do in Incheon

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Eurwangni Beach ©
Eurwangni Beach
Jjajangmyeon Museum ©
Jjajangmyeon Museum
Wolmido ©
Wolmido

2
nights
Jeonju

Jeonju ©
If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
On the 18th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Pungnammun Gate, see where the action happens at Jeonju World Cup Stadium, then examine the collection at Hanji Museum, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Jeonju National Museum. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Royal Portrait Museum, steep yourself in history at Gyeonggijeon Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondong Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Omokdae and Imokdae, then steep yourself in history at Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Maisan.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jeonju visit planner .

You can drive from Incheon to Jeonju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for Busan.

Things to do in Jeonju

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Maisan
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Gyeonggijeon Shrine ©
Gyeonggijeon Shrine
Jeondong Catholic Church ©
Jeondong Catholic Church
Omokdae and Imokdae ©
Omokdae and Imokdae

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 20th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Geumjung Mt. fortress, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and then see the interesting displays at Busan Museum. On your second day here, ponder the design of Busan Station Plaza, wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gwangalli Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and finally shop like a local with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Busan trip planner .

You can drive from Jeonju to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Busan are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gamcheon Culture Village ©
Gamcheon Culture Village

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Tongiljeon, then explore the activities along Bomun Lake, then steep yourself in history at Yangdong Folk Village, and finally hunt for treasures at Jukdo Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Anapji Pond, see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Bulguksa Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Gyeongju using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 60°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for Gangneung.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jukdo Market
Highlights from your plan
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

1
night
Gangneung

Gangneung ©
A large coastal city, Gangneung has been historically separated from much of the country because of the long, stretching mountain range that runs parallel to the sea.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Gyeongpodae, then get curious at Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, and then examine the collection at Ojukheon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gangneung online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Gangneung takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Gangneung, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 60°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Seoul.

Things to do in Gangneung

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gangneung Seongyojang ©
Gangneung Seongyojang
Ojukheon ©
Ojukheon
Gyeongpodae ©
Gyeongpodae

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju), Nami Island (in Chuncheon) and Ilsan Lake Park (in Goyang). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street, wander the streets of Insadong, take an in-depth tour of Deoksugung, and contemplate the long history of Namsangol Hanok Village.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Seoul tour itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Gangneung to Seoul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Seoul, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Hwaseong Fortress, Ilsan Lake Park, DMZ Haemaru Village, Nami Island
Highlights from your plan
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Hwaseong Fortress ©
Hwaseong Fortress

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