Explore South Korea in 10 Days – A Detailed Itinerary

Explore South Korea in 10 Days – A Detailed Itinerary

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If you want to experience the true eastern culture and contrast of a country, then South Korea is your destination. South Korea tourism is experiencing a rise thanks to the millennials and their lust to explore new places. There are a lot of places to visit in Korea, both South and North, but agreeably, the travel can become a bit overwhelming due to a lack of a proper itinerary guiding you. So if you are planning to travel in South Korea, we at holidayme have the perfect itinerary for you.

Sunset at the water pavilion in the Gyeongbokgung palace of the land in seoul,south korea
Sunset at the water pavilion in the Gyeongbokgung palace of the land in Seoul, South Korea

If you want basic information about traveling to South Korea then we suggest you read this.

A 10 Day Detailed Itinerary Of South Korea For A Fun Trip!

10 days in South Korea can be done in the following way, to cover the best cities and places there:

  • 3 Days in Seoul – the dynamic capital city
  • 2 Days in Andong – hub of culture & folklore
  • 3 Days in Gyeongju – the cultural heart of South Korea
  • 2 Days in Jeju Island – the Hawaii of South Korea

We’ll now give you the detailed itinerary for all these South Korean cities:

3 Days in Seoul – The South Korean Dynamic Capital

For a lot of travellers, Seoul may come across as overwhelming and challenging at first but trust us, once you get to know the city you would want to come back here. 3 days in Seoul is just going to be a teaser of the city.

Downtown skyline of Seoul, South Korea with Seoul Towe
Downtown skyline of Seoul, South Korea with Seoul Tower

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Things to do in Seoul

1. Stare at Seoul above the Seoul Tower
This 236-metre tower of the revolving restaurant will give you breath-taking view of the city. The best time to visit this tower is in the evening. Even though this place isn’t one of the most budget friendly place to have a meal in Seoul but taking in the view with your dinner is worth experiencing once in a lifetime.

Twilight Seoul Tower in Spring at South Korea
Twilight Seoul Tower in Spring at South Korea

2. Find Peace at the Changdeokgung Palace
Seoul is filled with serene temples and beautiful palaces and Seoul is home to the famous Five Grand Palaces but the Changdeokgung Palace is the first you are likely to set your eyes on. The well-preserved architecture and Huwon, the relaxing garden are some of the main tourist attractions in Seoul.

antumn scenery of juhamun pavilion of secret garden Changdeokgung palace Seoul
Autumn scenery of Juhamun pavilion of secret garden Changdeokgung palace, Seoul

3. Shop Away & Eat the most enjoyable Korean Cuisine at the Namdaemun Market
This is Korea’s biggest and one of the busiest market located at the city’s old south gate. This market is there to welcome you any time of the day and night and you’d find almost anything here be it clothing, jewellery, handicrafts, herbs, toys, etc. Do not forget to grab a bite and experience the culinary prowess as this is also one of Seoul’s best kept secrets, expand your gastronomic horizons and try out some authentic Korean cuisine here.

Korean Food At Seoul Main Market
Korean Food At Seoul Main Market

4. Step into a Time Machine at the Korean Folk Village, Suwon
Do visit this place if you want to glimpse at the Korean cultural history. Browse through the traditional huts, restaurants, markets and watch the undeniably beautiful cultural performances.

Korean Folk Village at Suwon, Seoul
Korean Folk Village at Suwon, Seoul

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2 Days in Andong – Korean Centre of Culture & Folklore

Want to take a glimpse into South Korea’s Ancient past, then may we suggest this small provincial city of Andong.

Wolyeonggyo bridge, Wooden bridge at Andong, South Korea
Wolyeonggyo bridge, Wooden bridge at Andong, South Korea

Things to do in Andong

1. Visit the Bongjeongsa Temple
Made with complex wooden clings on the slopes of Mt. Cheondeung, this Korean Buddhist wooden temple is bound to impress any visitors. There are almost 20 buildings spread across the main and the sub temples that dates back to the 20th century

Wooden and Carvings at the traditional Bongjeongsa Temple
Wooden and Carvings at the traditional Bongjeongsa Temple

2. Swoon into the past at Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Folk villages are extremely popular among the Korean villagers and foreigners alike and the Hahoe Folk Village is the best among the lot. These 16th century village is known to be built by the Ryu Clan. Besides this village, the surrounding of the Hahoe Folk village is breath-taking with the Hwasan Mountain, pine forest and the Nakdong River punctuating the surrounding.

The Andong Folk Village
The Andong Folk Village

3. Explore the Surrounding Scenery
The scenery of Andong is easy on the eyes and it is not a bad idea to soak in the surroundings and spend a quiet morning exploring the pine forest or going on a hike around the Hwasan Mountain or simply sit by the banks of the Nakdong River.

Panoramic view of Andong, Hahoe Village in South Korea.
Panoramic view of Andong, Hahoe Village in South Korea.

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3 Days in Gyeongju – The Cultural Heart of South Korea

This fascinating province if South Korea is known for being the cultural and spiritual heart of Korea. Seoul is known for its hubbub attraction, but Gyeongju is comparatively brash, relaxing and yet so fulfilling. We would suggest giving yourself at least 3 days to explore Gyeongju and you wont be disappointed.

Beautiful cherry blossoms in spring in Gyeongju South Korea. Gyeongju Expo Park
Beautiful cherry blossoms in spring in Gyeongju South Korea. Gyeongju Expo Park

What to do in Gyeonju

1. Visit the Bulguksa Temple, Korea’s Most mystical Tourist Attraction
This is one of the most famous landmark which dates back to the Shila Period during the 6th century. Set among pine forests, the Bulgusa Temple is sure to give you goosebumps. The original building was re-built and renovated several times to keep up to the constructional decay. We would suggest visit this temple early in the morning to avoid the rush as the Bulguksa temple is faily popular among tourists.

Jahamun gate and beomyeongnu of Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju
Jahamun gate and beomyeongnu of Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju

2. Experience Korean royalty at Tumuli Park
The Tumuli Park is right in the middle of town and is an ancient burial site and is home to about two dozen ancient Korean Royal Tombs!. These tombs are covered with such greenery that they look far more aesthetic and purposeful.

Pathway of the Daereungwon ancient royal tombs complex, Gyeongju
Pathway of the Daereungwon ancient royal tombs complex, Gyeongju

3. Visit Seokguram Temple, the UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Seokguram Temple is a short ride from the Bulguksa Temple (around 3 Kms). The entrance to this site may not appeal to you but once inside, the mighty 3.5 mts Seokgamoni Buddha is sure to dazzle you. The most impressive part about this temple are that hundreds of granite are slapped together to build their way up to Mt. Tohamsan, which was built before the discovery of modern technology.

Views of Seokguram grotto temple on the hill in Gyeongju
Views of Seokguram grotto temple on the hill in Gyeongju

2 Days in Jeju Island- The Hawaii of South Korea

End your trip to South Korea by visiting the island of the Gods, the most picturesque Jeju Island. With its golden beaches and beautifully rugged caves this destination has garnered a lot of attention from travelers of all spectrum.

The Songaksan Mountain on Jeju Island in South Korea
The Songaksan Mountain on Jeju Island in South Korea

What to do in Jeju Island

1. Hike up Mt. Hallasan
Mt. Hallasan is one of the major Jeju Island attractions and is also a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Gifted with scenic hiking trails, Mt. Hallasan is also home to more than 6000 species of flora and fauna.

Mt. Hallasan during winter, Jeju Island
Mt. Hallasan during winter, Jeju Island

2. Go on a Gastronomic Journey with Jeju’s Local Cuisine
This island’s food is also one of the major attractions. Do try out their traditional dishes like the Jagalchi and Jeonbokjuk which is found commonly at the Siwa Dream Booth Café.

Varieties of kimchi on display at Dongmun Traditional Market in Jeju Island
Varieties of kimchi on display at Dongmun Traditional Market in Jeju Island

3. Awaken your Inner Shutterbug at Seongsan Ilchulbong
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this natural wonder is known for its breath-taking sunrise and bountiful flowers which is sure to awaken your senses.

Sunrise at Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju island, South Korea
Sunrise at Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju island, South Korea

4. Visit the Amazing Jeongbang Waterfalls
There is no waterfall in Korea where you will see the waterfall to fall directly into the sea. This is an amazing phenomenon of the Jeongbang Waterfalls and is a must visit.

Overview of Jeongbang Waterfalls in Jeju Island
Overview of Jeongbang Waterfalls in Jeju Island

Some Tips If You Are Traveling to South Korea On A Budget:

• There are integrated Palace Passes that are available which is cheaper than individual tickets to these sightseeing palaces. We suggest you opt for them as they cost around 31 AED.
• Walk when you can as Seoul is an extremely walkable place and who knows what new wonders you might discover on your way.
• Get a T-Card as you will be saving around ₩100 for every ride.
• Eat at the Gwangjang Market as the food there is extremely cheap with a lot of variety.

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