23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Sokcho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Andong
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gyeongju
— 3 nights
Drive
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Busan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Seoul
— 4 nights

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Seoul — 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch) and 3D Black Art Museum. You'll explore and learn at Museum Kimchikan and Seodaemun Museum of Natural History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seoul: Donggureung (in Guri) and Suwon (Janganmun Gate & Hwahongmun Gate). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at GOTO Mall, contemplate the long history of Gyeonggyojang, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Inwangsan Mountain, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Seoul National Cemetery.

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If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport and Osan Air Base. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sokcho.
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Sokcho — 3 nights

Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Step out of the city life by going to Bongpo Beach and Geumganggul Cave. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Mountain Museum and Teddy Bear Farm. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Sokcho City Museum & Displaced Civilians Folk Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheonjin Beach, take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, and explore the activities along Cheongcho Lake.

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Traveling by car from Seoul to Sokcho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Seoul in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Sokcho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Andong.
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Andong — 3 nights

Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture

Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Yiyuksa Literary Museum and Gounsa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Andong imcheonggak and Seonseonghyun Gaeksa will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Andong to go to Bonghwa-gun and see Cheongnyangsa Temple, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Confucian Culture Museum, hunt for treasures at Andong Old Market, and take a stroll through Andong Gunja Village.

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You can drive from Sokcho to Andong in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 3 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Popular historic sites such as Golgulsa Temple and Oeosa Temple of Unjesan Mountain are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyerim Forest and Girimsa Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyeongju: Pohang (Yeongildae Beach, Jukdo Market, &more). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Shilla Arts and Science Museum and admire the masterpieces at Art Sonje Museum.

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Traveling by car from Andong to Gyeongju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Gyeongju, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Busan.
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Busan — 5 nights

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dadaepo Beach and Lotte Department Store - Gwangbok. Get some historical perspective at Yeongnamlu and Tomb of King Suro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gimhae (Gimhae National Museum, Daeseong-dong Ancient Tomb, &more). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Igidae Park, stop by Kiel Lotte Gwangbok Store, see the interesting displays at Trick Eye Museum, and don't miss a visit to Haeundae Cinema Street.

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Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Busan are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul — 4 nights

Grevin Museum and National Palace Museum of Korea will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Seoul City Wall and Namhansanseong Provincial Park are in your itinerary. Spend the 15th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Enjoy Seoul some more: take an in-depth tour of Seoul Museum of History, explore the galleries of The Story of King Sejong & The Story of Admiral Yi Sunshin, take in the views from Salgoji Bridge, and admire the masterpieces at Arario Museum in Space.

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Fly from Busan to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Busan in October, you will find days in Seoul are little chillier (22°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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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.
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