12 days in South Korea Itinerary

12 days in South Korea Itinerary

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12 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Busan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Gyeongju
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Seoul
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Bucharest

3
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 these side-trips from Jeju: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Gwangchigi Beach). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, browse the exhibits of Spirited Garden, get outside with Gwakji Gwamul Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jeju route planning website.

Bucharest, Romania to Jeju is an approximately 19- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Bucharest to Jeju, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bucharest in September, expect much hotter with lows of 26°C in Jeju. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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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 3rd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Busan Tower, walk around Yongdusan Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, and finally snap pictures at Busan Harbor Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Busan trip 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 flight and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Busan when traveling from Jeju in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the activities along Anapji Pond, contemplate the long history of Bulguksa Temple, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Anapji Pond ©
Anapji Pond
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple

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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit Bukchon Hanok Village, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and wander the streets of Insadong.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seoul journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October in Seoul, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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

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