Essential Korean tour

Essential Korean tour

Essential Korean tour

2024 Essential Korean
Culture-Language Tour Program

2024 Essential Korean
Culture-Language Tour Program

An Immersive Dive Into Korean Daily Life

Glimpse into what living in Korea feels like and experience slices of Korean living through activities and missions– an authentic tour of Korea guided by the language and cultural expertise of Kay샘


Program Schedule

Program Schedule

Cohort 1: April 1 - April 12 (10am to 8/9pm daily)

Week 1: Mon. Tue. Fri, (Apr. 1, 2, 5)

Week 2: Mon. Wed. Fri.(Apr. 8, 10, 12)


Cohort 2: April 15  - April 26 (10am to 8/9pm daily)

Weeks 1 & 2: Mon. Wed. Fri. (Apr. 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26)

Pricing

Pricing

Daily & Package Price (lunch & dinner included)

$200 / day

$1100 / 6 Days


EK Premium Member Price (Lunch & Dinner Included. Ask Kay샘 for the discount code.)

$170 / day

$935 / 6 Days

What To Expect

What To Expect

Day 1 – Getting to Know The City of Seoul

Day 1 – Getting to Know The City of Seoul

Itinerary:  Gwanghwamun, Gyeongbok Palace, Bukchon/Seochon, Samcheong-dong, Insadong 광화문, 경복궁, 북촌/서촌, 삼청동, 인사동 (10am to 8/9pm)

Highlights:

  • Walk along the historic Gyeongbok Palace, engaging with locals by asking them to take your photo—and offer to return the favor, using the Korean phrases you've learned;

  • During a brief stop at a nearby museum, practice finding out where different amenities are located from the information desk;

  • Sit down at a traditional Hanok café for tea, reflecting on the half day's experiences with fellow participants and discuss strategies for finding more opportunities to engage with local people and culture for the afternoon;

  • Enjoy unique culinary experience at a Korean barbecue for dinner!

Day 2 – Grocery Shopping, Cooking, and 치맥! (Chicken & Beer)

Day 2 – Grocery Shopping, Cooking, and 치맥! (Chicken & Beer)

Itinerary:  Jamsil with Lotte World Tower, Seochon Lake Park, local markets, Jamsil Hangang Park 롯데월드타워, 석촌호수, 수퍼마켓, 시장, 잠실 한강공원 (10am to 8/9pm)

Highlights:

  • Experience the local markets and cook up a storm! From grocery shopping in traditional markets and experiencing the convenience store culture to preparing your own Korean lunch meal with other participants under the guidance of a Korean mom!

  • Finish the day off with a scenic 치맥 Chicken & Beer dinner by the Han River.

Day 3 – A Day in the Life: Discovering the Heartbeat of Seoul's Neighborhoods

Day 3 – A Day in the Life: Discovering the Heartbeat of Seoul's Neighborhoods

Itinerary:  Bungdang-gu Jeongja-dong 분당구 정자동 (10am to 8/9pm)  

Complete interactive missions to truly connect with the local culture and to gain insights into the everyday lives of Seoul's residents and families: 

  • Stroll along the lively streets of Jeongja Cafe Street and visit a variety of shops, ranging from 반찬가게, local clothing shops, coffee shops, to tofu and salt shops;

  • Enter a few buildings to get a glimpse of Korean students’ after school academic vigor through various 학원 in the vicinity in Bundang;

  • Savor authentic local dishes at neighborhood eateries.

Also, pay a visit to iconic tech giants like Naver showcasing the city's blend of rich cultural heritage and cutting-edge innovation.

Day 4 – Dongdaemun, Gwangjang Market, and a K-Drama Site

Day 4 – Dongdaemun, Gwangjang Market, and a K-Drama Site

Itinerary:  Dongdaemun Market, DDP, Ewha Village, Gwangjang Market 동대문시장, 동대문플라자, 이화마을, 광장시장 (10am to 8/9pm)

Highlights:

  • Start at Dongdaemun Market and mingling with local vendors to discover unique finds. Unlike Namdaemun, Dongdaemun is famed for its retail richness, offering a vast array of fashion items alongside the futuristic DDP, an iconic symbol of Seoul's design prowess;

  • Wander Ewha Village's mural-lined lanes, revealing stories of Seoul's evolution and local life;

  • Venture to Gwangjang Market for a culinary journey to sample classic food pairings.


Day 5 – Street Food, 남산Tower to Picnic and Music

Day 5 – Street Food, 남산Tower to Picnic and Music

Itinerary:  Namdaemun Market, Baekbeom Square, N-Tower, Jazz bar 남대문시장, 백범광장, 남산타워, 재즈바 (10am to 8/9pm)

Highlights:

  • Start our day at Namdaemum Market, where the narrow lanes are brimming with history, culture, and every imaginable kind of merchandise. Highlights include sampling Korean street food and interacting with local vendors;

  • Enjoy a serene picnic at Baekbeom Square, a space dedicated to the memory of a Korean independence activist and make our way to Namsan Tower, a symbol of Seoul's skyline;

  • Conclude your day at a jazz bar near N-Tower, with smooth melodies of live jazz.

Day 6 – The New & The Old of Korea – Hybridity

Day 6 – The New & The Old of Korea – Hybridity

Itinerary:  Seodaemun Prison History Hall 서대문형무소역사관, House of Hong Nan Pa 홍난파 가옥, Donuimun Museum Village 돈의문박물관마을, Seoul Museum of History 서울역사박물관, Kyobo Book Centre 교보문고 (10am to 8/9pm)

Highlights:

  • Delve into Seoul's history and modernity as well as sensibilities with visits to historical sites which signify the Chosun Period to the Japanese colonial period and to democratization and modernization: a deep dive into the city's evolution;

  • Navigate the city using public transportation and engage in hands-on activities such as shopping Korean stationery


...and more unique experiences tailored to give you an authentic taste of Seoul!

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is this program suitable for learners at all levels of Korean language proficiency?

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Is there a discount for booking the entire 6-day program?

What is the arrangement for Hanbok rental?

Can I opt out of provided meals for a reduced price?

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