Suggestions for a 10-Day itinerary in South Korea?

We are planning a trip to South Korea and have about 10 days to explore the country. We are looking for recommendations on the best places to visit, things to do, and must-see attractions. We’d love to hear from anyone who has experience travelling in South Korea or who has put together a similar itinerary.

Any tips on how to make the most of my time there would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi @ariarodesign

I’d be happy to help! Here’s a suggested 10-day itinerary for South Korea that covers a mix of cultural experiences, natural beauty, and vibrant city life:

Day 1-3: Seoul

Gyeongbokgung Palace: Start your trip by exploring this grand palace, which offers free guided tours.
Bukchon Hanok Village: Wander through this traditional village with beautifully preserved Korean houses.
Myeongdong: Shop and eat your way through one of Seoul’s busiest shopping districts.
N Seoul Tower: Enjoy panoramic views of the city from this iconic landmark.
Insadong: Explore this artsy neighborhood known for its galleries, traditional teahouses, and shops.

Day 4-5: Gyeongju

Bulguksa Temple: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site, a beautiful temple complex.
Seokguram Grotto: A nearby grotto with a stunning Buddha statue.
Anapji Pond: A picturesque site, especially beautiful at night.
Gyeongju National Museum: Learn about the rich history of the Silla Dynasty.

Day 6-7: Busan

Haeundae Beach: Relax at one of South Korea’s most famous beaches.
Gamcheon Culture Village: Explore this colourful hillside neighbourhood with art installations.
Jagalchi Fish Market: Experience the bustling atmosphere and try fresh seafood.
Beomeosa Temple: Visit this serene temple on the outskirts of Busan.

Day 8-9: Jeju Island

Hallasan National Park: Hike to the top of South Korea’s highest peak.
Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak): Climb this tuff cone for a spectacular sunrise view.
Jeongbang Waterfall: One of the few waterfalls in Asia that falls directly into the ocean.
Manjanggul Cave: Explore one of the longest lava tubes in the world.

Day 10: Return to Seoul

Spend your final day revisiting your favourite spots, shopping for souvenirs, or exploring any sights you might have missed.

Some tips:

Transportation: Use the KTX (Korea Train Express) for quick and efficient travel between cities.
T-Money Card: Get a T-Money card for convenient access to public transportation.
Language: Learn a few basic Korean phrases or use a translation app to help with communication.

This itinerary offers a good balance of urban and natural attractions, giving you a comprehensive experience of South Korea.

Enjoy your trip!