7 days in South Korea Itinerary

7 days in South Korea Itinerary

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7 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly + Train:  20 h 15 min
1
Seoul
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Busan
— 1 night
Fly:  21 h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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 historic sites, sightseeing, shopping, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, step into the grandiose world of Deoksugung, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul itinerary maker.

Istanbul, Turkey to Seoul is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Istanbul to Seoul, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Busan.

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

1
night
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 11th (Thu), ponder the design of Busan Station Plaza, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and finally stroll through Yongdusan Park.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Busan travel planner.

Getting from Seoul to Busan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Seoul in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Busan: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time 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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