13 days in South Korea & North Korea Itinerary

13 days in South Korea & North Korea Itinerary

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13 days in South Korea & North Korea Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Fly:  24​h
1
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kaesong, North Korea
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Kuwait City, Kuwait

2
nights
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
On the 30th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Rungrado May Day Stadium and then pause for some photo ops at Tower of the Juche Idea. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Triumphal Arch, appreciate the history behind Arch of Reunification, then don't miss a visit to Grand People's Study House, then don't miss a visit to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Monument to the Korean Workers Party.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pyongyang road trip website .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Pyongyang is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Pyongyang due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kaesong.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Museums Historic Sites
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Geumsusan Memorial Palace ©
Geumsusan Memorial Palace
Tower of the Juche Idea ©
Tower of the Juche Idea

1
night
Kaesong, North Korea

Kaesong ©
Relatively relaxed and atmosphertic, the centuries-old city of Kaesong lies near the Demilitarized Zone and the border with South Korea, and has served as an industrial center since being traded to the North in the Korean War.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Koryo Museum, steep yourself in history at Kaesong Namdaemun, don't miss a visit to Ryongtongsa Temple, then make a trip to Concrete Wall, then make a trip to Seohae Gapmun, and finally steep yourself in history at Tomb of King Kongmin.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaesong trip planner.

You can drive from Pyongyang to Kaesong in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kaesong

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Demilitarized Zone
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Demilitarized Zone ©
Demilitarized Zone
Tomb of King Kongmin ©
Tomb of King Kongmin
Concrete Wall ©
Concrete Wall

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, then step into the grandiose world of Changdeokgung Palace, and then contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): take a stroll through Insadong, then take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Kaesong to Seoul with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Seoul are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to 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

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Busan vacation planning app .

Getting from Seoul to Busan by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Halla Mountain, then make a trip to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road), and then explore the striking landscape at Yongduam Rock. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Jeju Kimnyoung Maze Park, head off the coast to Udo, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Seongsan Ilchulbong.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jeju trip planning app .

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave

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