13 days in South Korea Itinerary

13 days in South Korea Itinerary

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13 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Palm Springs
+4
bus + Fly + subway + foot + bus:  25​h
1
Gyeongju
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Seoul
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Busan
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  20​h
End: Palm Springs

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sat), examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum and then explore the activities along Anapji Pond. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seokguram.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju tour planner.

Palm Springs, USA to Gyeongju is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Palm Springs to Gyeongju. When traveling from Palm Springs in June, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Gyeongju: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Seokguram ©
Seokguram

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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, walk around Namsan Park, and wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Gyeongju to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Gyeongju in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Seoul, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

4
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with a short trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach, admire the natural beauty at Spirited Garden, and walk around Sarabong Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Jeju day trip planner .

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Suwolbong Peak
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

2
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 29th (Mon), walk around Yongdusan Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, and finally head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at UN Memorial Cemetery, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and then wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Busan attractions planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

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