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The Best of South Korea: Local Culture and Ancient History

Program No. 23495RJ
Experience the best that South Korea has to offer as you explore its historic landmarks, venture to small villages and learn about ancient traditions alongside welcoming locals.

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At a Glance

Step into the “Land of the Morning Calm” and let the tranquil villages and lush landscapes transport you into another world. As you explore forest temples and fishing villages, learn about the region’s complex politics to shed a fascinating light onto the Korean way of life. While journeying to hidden towns and bustling cities, immerse yourself in a beautiful culture shaped by a tumultuous past during a hands-on cooking class, origami lesson, martial arts demonstration by monks, private tea ceremony and even more inspiring experiences. As you discover the best of South Korea, gain a true insider’s perspective on daily life and ancient history.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles at a time on uneven terrain and busy streets. Walking up to 5 miles a day. You must be able to carry your own luggage. If you believe you require wheelchair assistance to get through an airport, you are not fit enough to participate in this program.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Explore a traditional village, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that still has many “hanoks” — traditional Korean houses.
  • Embark on a special field trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jeju Island as you walk through ancient villages and “oreum,” parasitic cones that make this island unique.
  • Learn the history behind Changdeokgung Palace’s secret garden as you enjoy the landscaped grounds and 56,000 types of trees and plants.
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