23 days in South Korea Itinerary

23 days in South Korea Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Korea holiday planner
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Seoul
— 7 nights
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Jeonju
— 1 night
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Gyeongju
— 2 nights
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Busan
— 1 night
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Busan
— 1 night
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Busan
— 3 nights
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Daejeon
— 1 night
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Seoul
— 4 nights
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Seoul — 7 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 Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. Popular historic sites such as Changgyeonggung Palace and Deoksugung are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Suwon (Seonamgangnu Pavilion & Hwaseong Haenggung Palace) and Songdo Central Park (in Incheon). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, take an in-depth tour of Seoul Museum of History, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and appreciate the history behind Gwanghwamun Gate.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul travel route planning website.

Paris, France to Seoul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Paris in September, Seoul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Jeonju.
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Jeonju — 1 night

If you're a gastronomy enthusiast, you should consider a trip to Jeonju, a city hailed for its cuisine and food festivals.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Gyeonggijeon Shrine and then contemplate the long history of Pungnammun Gate.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Jeonju trip maker.

You can drive from Seoul to Jeonju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Seoul in October, plan for little chillier nights in Jeonju, with lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park and then steep yourself in history at Cheomseongdae Observatory. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Girimsa Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golgulsa Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Seokguram.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Jeonju to Gyeongju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Jeonju in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gyeongju, with lows of 18°C. You will leave for Busan on the 5th (Wed).
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Busan — 1 night

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jangsan Mountain, head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, and then snap pictures at Busan Harbor Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip maker app.

Getting from Gyeongju to Busan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Busan.
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Busan — 1 night

On the 6th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Jangsan Mountain, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, and then take in the views from Busan Harbor Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary maker tool.

Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.
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Busan — 3 nights

Get some historical perspective at Beomeosa Temple and Haedong Yonggungsa. Explore hidden gems such as Dadaepo Beach and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun. Step out of Busan with an excursion to Tomb of King Suro in Gimhae--about 48 minutes away. Enjoy Busan some more: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Jangsan Mountain, and examine the collection at Trick Eye Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Busan road trip site.

You will leave for Daejeon on the 10th (Mon).
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Daejeon — 1 night

A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
On the 10th (Mon), snap pictures at Expo Bridge, take in the natural beauty of Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath, and then stroll the grounds of Daejeon National Cemetery.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Daejeon road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Busan to Daejeon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Busan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Daejeon, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Seoul.
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Seoul — 4 nights

Your inner history buff will appreciate Seoul City Wall and Seoul Central Mosque. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grevin Museum and National Palace Museum of Korea. Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Namhansanseong Provincial Park in Gwangju--about 50 minutes away. Explore Seoul further: see the interesting displays at 3D Black Art Museum, learn about all things military at The War Memorial of Korea, stop by Ikseon-dong Hanok Street, and steep yourself in history at Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tomb.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seoul route planning tool.

You can take a train from Daejeon to Seoul in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Daejeon in October since evenings lows in Seoul dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly 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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