18 days in South Korea Itinerary

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Daegu
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Gyeongju
— 5 nights
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Seoul
— 5 nights
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Daegu — 6 nights

The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Haeinsa (in Hapcheon-Gun), Daejeon (Currency Museum & Hanbat Arboretum) and Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site (in Goryeong-gun). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Donghwasa, get in on the family fun at E-World, appreciate the history behind Gatbawi Rock, and walk around Gukchaebosang Memorial Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Daegu trip builder app.

Dallas, USA to Daegu is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dallas to Daegu, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Daegu is slightly colder than Dallas - with highs of 80°F and lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a train to Gyeongju.
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Gyeongju — 5 nights

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Gyeongju side-trips: Ulsan (Seoknamsa Temple, Taehwagang National Garden, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple, explore the activities along Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, make a trip to Daereungwon Tomb Complex, and contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gyeongju holiday planner.

Take a train from Daegu to Gyeongju in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Daegu, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gyeongju, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul — 5 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.
When in Seoul, make a side trip to see Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, approximately Suwon away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, walk around Namsan Park, and steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gyeongju to Seoul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seoul when traveling from Gyeongju in September, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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South Korea travel guide

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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.
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