18 days in South Korea Itinerary

18 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 12 nights
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Busan
— 4 nights
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Seoul

— 12 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 Trickeye Museum Seoul and Haneul Park. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to The Garden of Morning Calm (in Gapyeong-gun) and Nari Park (in Yangju). Spend the 29th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Ewha Womans University, don't miss a visit to Changgyeonggung Palace, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, and pause for some photo ops at Jogyesa Temple.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Seoul route app.

Chicago, USA to Seoul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Chicago to Seoul. Traveling from Chicago in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seoul, with lows around 65°F. You will leave for Busan on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Busan

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Taejongdae and Igidae Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, take in the views from Busan Harbor Bridge, ponder the design of Busan Station Plaza, and enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan journey planner.

Traveling by train from Seoul to Busan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. While traveling from Seoul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

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.