13 days in South Korea Itinerary

13 days in South Korea Itinerary

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13 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10​h
1
Seoul
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Suwon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Gwangju
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Daegu
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Busan
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

4
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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Ilsan Lake Park and Inwangsan Mountain. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Palace Museum of Korea and 3D Black Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seoul: Gwangmyeong Cave (in Gwangmyeong) and Dasan Heritage Site (in Namyangju). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Times Square Mall, stop by Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seoul Central Mosque, and take a stroll through Ikseon-dong Hanok Street.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Seoul is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Korea Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Seoul reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Suwon.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Dasan Heritage Site, Ilsan Lake Park, Gwangmyeong Cave
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Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun ©
Kyobo Book Store Gwanghwamun
Gwangmyeong Cave ©
Gwangmyeong Cave

1
night
Suwon

Suwon ©
The city of Suwon lies close to the country's capital, and brings in visitors on day trips, mainly to see its old city walls.
You've now added Korean Folk Village to your itinerary. On the 10th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Korean Folk Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Suwoncheon, then contemplate the long history of Changryongmun Gate, and finally have fun at Suwon Sports Complex.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Suwon journey planning tool .

Drive from Seoul to Suwon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. In December, daytime highs in Suwon are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Suwon

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Korean Folk Village
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Changryongmun Gate ©
Changryongmun Gate
Korean Folk Village ©
Korean Folk Village
Suwon Sports Complex
Suwon Sports Complex

2
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. You've now added 1913 Songjeong Market to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take a stroll around U.Square Cultural Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of 1913 Songjeong Market, get to know the fascinating history of Kim Bongho's House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwangju Confucian School, and finally wander the streets of Dongmyeong-dong Cafe Street.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gwangju online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Suwon to Gwangju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Suwon in December, expect nights in Gwangju to be a bit warmer, around 0°C, while days are little chillier, around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Daegu.

Things to do in Gwangju

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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1913 Songjeong Market ©
1913 Songjeong Market

1
day
Daegu

Daegu ©
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): browse the range of quality goods at Shinsegae Department Store Daegu, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheongna Hill, then browse the different shops at Hyundai Department Store Daegu, and finally explore the galleries of Sanghwa Yi's Old House.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Daegu trip site .

Traveling by car from Gwangju to Daegu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Gwangju, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Daegu, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Daegu

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Hyundai Department Store Daegu ©
Hyundai Department Store Daegu
Shinsegae Department Store Daegu ©
Shinsegae Department Store Daegu

5
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Take a break from the city and head to Yeojwacheon Stream and Hwangnyeongsan Mountain. Do your shopping at Tower Gallery and Kiel Lotte Gwangbok Store. Venture out of the city with trips to Oedo Botania (in Geoje) and Tongdosa Temple (in Yangsan). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Songjeong Beach, snap pictures at Busan Harbor Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Chungmoogong, and get your game on at Zero Latency VR - Busan Nampo.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Busan trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Daegu to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tongdosa Temple, Oedo Botania, Yeojwacheon Stream
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Songjeong Beach ©
Songjeong Beach
Yeojwacheon Stream ©
Yeojwacheon Stream
Tongdosa Temple ©
Tongdosa Temple

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