7 days in South Korea Itinerary
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Sun, May 7 - Sat, May 13
Seoul — 3 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.Seoul is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, wander the streets of Myeongdong Shopping Street, and walk around Namsan Park.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul online trip planner.
Istanbul, Turkey to Seoul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Seoul is 6 hours. In May, daytime highs in Seoul are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Busan.
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Busan — 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the local landmark of Busan Station Plaza, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and then stroll around Yongdusan Park.
To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Busan trip itinerary site.
You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Busan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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South Korea travel guide
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.