Monday, September 5, 2016

South Korea: 2 weeks Itinerary for Southern Provinces

MANILA – BUSAN (and southern provinces) – MANILA
MNL to BUSAN: 5J 184 04:00pm-08:50pm 
BUSAN to MNL: 5J 185 09:40pm-12:25am
Travel Date: July 01-16, 2016

I'm sharing with you my two weeks travel in southern provinces of South Korea.  Seoul and Jeju were excluded from this plan.  But if you are looking for these 2 cities, you can go to:

Hope these can help you plan your next trip.
Nights of Stay

Accommodation: Where to stay in southern provinces of South Korea?

2,3F, 408-3 Chorang-dong, Jung-gu, Busan


119-4 Noseo-dong, Gyeongju City Center, Gyeongju-si;


86 Myeongnyun-ro, Daegu Central Area, Daegu


14-13 Gyeryong-ro 636beon-gil, Seo-gu, Daejeon


15, Yeokjeongwang-jang-2-gil, Yeonhyang dong, Suncheon-si

Itinerary: Places to go, Things to see, Points of Interest, What to do in southern provinces of South Korea

Busan Subway: 
My in-bound airport would be Gimhae Airport, then headed straight to Busan Station (32min, 1900krwn/card, 2 transfers).  I spent the night at a bed in a dorm room of Busan Sukbak Dot Com Guest House.


02.SAT [transfer from BUSAN to SINGYEONGJU KTX, 11000krw=440ph (economy standard, 27-30mins)]  Take note that GYEONGJU – no local subway to get around to the areas.  But instead they have only buses, so make sure to GET a MAP!

From SINGYEONGJU KTX to Chacharang Guest House: take Exit-1, Take Bus 700 (1500krw, Schedule: 7:50, 8:50, 10:05, 10:30, 11:20) to Express Bus Terminal & walk to the Guest House. Tip:  Find a place nearer to the bus terminal so you'll not drag your luggage on the streets.
  • Daereungwon Tomb Complex 
  • Cheonmachong Tomb (Entrance 2000krw) 
  • Cheomseongdae Observatory
  • Gyeongju National Museum (Bus 605 or 609), Saturday Museum Tour (2015: is a guided tour in English for foreign visitors), Sessions: 10:00 – 11:30am, 3:00-4:30pm
  • Anapji Pond (nearby the Gyeongju) – also called Dongung & Wolji, visit at night than day (2000krw)


04.MON [transfer from SINGYEONGJU to DONGDAEGU KTX, (8400krw, 18-20mins)]
Daegu Tourism Site:
  • SEONGMODANG (Virgin Mary’s Cave), Address: 112, Namsan-ro 4-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
  • Daegu Gyesan Catholic Church  (Address: 10, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu)
  • Roam around Jungangno Station (like Seoul's Myeongdong) for load of cafe and youthful vibe on restaurants, bars and shops



Optional - trip to Pohang: 
I was planning to go to POHANG, but it seems to be difficult if I squeeze it to only 1 day.  Looks better to go for an overnight stay due to limited bus routes/schedule back to Pohang KTX station. 
  • Homigot
  • National Light Musuem (only lighthouse museum in KR), 20 Haemaji-ro, 150beon-gil, Homigot-myeon, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, SK
Optional - in Daegu: 
  • To Apsan Park (with cable): Directions  [Subway], Anjirang Station (Daegu Subway Line 1), Exit 3.  Take Bus 410 and get off at Apsan Park (앞산공원).
  • Daegu Arboretum (대구수목원), 342, Hwaam-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, SK 
  • The ARC (디아크), Address: 57, Gangjeongbon-gil, Dasa-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
  • Climb Palgongsan
  • E-World if you want to visit the same theme park as seen in Weightlifting Bok Joo
  • Flavors of Daegu (Food Report) 


HERB HILLZ for the It's Okay It's Love filming site
534-1, Yongye-ri, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong

SUSEONGMOT – LAKE in the middle of Daegu, laser water display in the evening.  This laser water show plays performace 4 times a day except monday and winter season.


07.THU [transfer from DONGDAEGU to DAEJEON KTX]




09. SAT [transfer to SUNCHEON]
  • Departure from Songnisan to Daejeon KTX
  • [Transfer for Seodaejeon Station to Suncheon KTX]

  • MAEGOKDONG CATHEDRAL (Mass: 6:30am), Address: Jeollanam-do Suncheon ro 175 maegokdong Cathedral (Bus #31)
  • SUNCHEON OPEN FILM LOCATION (Address: 24, Biryegol-gl, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (Bus No. 77, 99, or 777))



Boseong Bus Terminal (061-852-2777) to Green Tea Plantation & Yulpo Approx 10-12min ride (1200W)

  • Yeosu Ocean Rail Bike
14.THU [transfer from SUNCHEON to BUSAN]
  • I can't get enough of the Open Film Set, so I returned to the place in the morning
  • Have some place to visit in the morning as the transfer to Busan KTX will still be after 4pm
  • Optional:  Taebaek Mountain Range Literature Museum in Beolgyo, Boseong 



16.SAT [BUSAN, departure]

Expense Report: The Budget Travel Guide in South Korea for 2 weeks

Returning Gifts, Omiyage, Pasalubong Ideas
How can we forget about the omiyage or pasalubong?  On top of my list will be skin and face care products that are not available on my home country.  On this type of long trip, you can do your shopping on your last night or day - head to the underground markets near the universities or Seomyeon station.  

Followed by biscuits or cookies like choco pie, try red ginseng as you seen from The Heir's Haneul, unique tea flavors, unique drink flavors (only after immigration or x-ray, if you can still carry on handbag).


  • If you are doing your laundry errands, you can check coin operated shop or this laundry shop in Daegu.

Other Itineraries

For my further sample itinerary, expense, trip reports and PDF guides, please visit links below:

  • South Korea: Itinerary for First Time Visitor  in Seoul

  • South Korea: Itinerary for 2 days in Jeju & 3 days in Seoul v 2011 

  • South Korea: Itinerary for 3 days in Seoul, Chasing the Winter Snow v 2014 | PDF

  • South Korea: Autumn Itinerary for 4 days in Seoul (University Hopping) v 2014|PDF

  • South Korea: 2 weeks Itinerary for Southern Provinces v 2016

  • Long Layover in Incheon Airport: Quick Seoulful Escape

  • South Korea: Autumn Itinerary for 4 days in Seoul v Nov 2016 | PDF

  • South Korea: K-Pop Itinerary for 8 days in Seoul v Oct 2017

  • South Korea: Autumn Itinerary for 5 days in Seoul v Nov 2017 | PDF

  • South Korea: Itinerary for 3 days in Busan | PDF

  • *Remember you still need to decide for yourself based upon your attraction and fascination over a place or activity.  As well as to consider the pace you want to have while traveling.  Planning too many targets on a day will either exhaust you rather than give you peace and joy on the culture and tradition.
    Create your own road, rather than taking someone else's path.  
    It can only be a road when one passes it.