Joint Congress of
ICOH WOPS-CVD 2020

September 20~23, 2020 l Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Tour

Information Tour

Seoul,
modern yet also deeply traditional, this dynamic city mashes up palaces, temples, cutting-edge designs, and mountain trails, all to a nonstop K-Pop beat.

Optional Tour Program

If you are interested in participating in the optional tour, please review the programs outlined below and reserve one based upon your preference.

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<Half-day Tour>

HD-1) Palace & Korean Costume (09:00-13:30)

Tour date Sept. 20-24 Price per person KRW 95,000
(Min. 10 people required)
Price includes English-speaking guide, Private minibus, Admission fee, Parking fee
Itinerary Gather at venue - Experience of Korean Costume - Gyeongbokgung Palace - Insadong Antique Alley - Back to the venue

Gyeongbokgung Palace: Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces.

Insadong Antique Alley is famous for streets filled with the flavors of tradition and is universally well-loved by tourists. Here, foreigners can purchase traditional souvenirs at low prices and taste authentic dishes by stepping into a Korean restaurant found on every street corner.

HD-2) DMZ Tour (07:50-14:00)

Tour date Sept. 20-24 Price per person KRW 90,000
(Min. 10 people required)
Price includes English-speaking guide, Private Transfer, Admission fee, Parking fee
Itinerary Gather at venue - DMZ (The 3rd Tunnel, Dora Observatory, Dorasa Station) - Back to the venue
Remarks Passport must be kept with you for DMZ entry

The 3rd Tunnel was discovered in 1978 by Korean forces. It spans over 1635m in length, 2m in width, and 2m in height and is located 52km from Seoul. It is estimated that approximately 30,000 soldiers could move through the tunnel per hour. Once the tunnel was found, North Koreans insisted it was intentionally made by us to invade North Korea, but, their insistence was proven untrue as the explosions used to make the tunnel face southward.

Dora Observatory: Situated in Paju (Gyeonggi-do) and at the northernmost point of the Military Demarcation Line of the Western Front, the Dora Observatory replaced the previous Songaksan Observation Post which was closed. From the observatory, visitors can overlook North Korea and its various locations including Gaeseong, Songaksan, Kim Il-Sung Statue, and Cooperation Farm (Geumamgol). The observatory offers 500 seats, VIP rooms, and abundant parking space.

HD-3) Experience of Temple Life (09:00-13:30)

Tour date Sept. 20-24 Price per person KRW 130,000
(Min. 10 people required)
Price includes Temple lunch, English-speaking guide, Private Transfer, Admission fee
Itinerary Gather at venue - Experience of temple life at Jinkwansa Temple (Meditation, Tea time discussion with a nun, Temple tour) - Back to the venue

Experience of Temple life program designed for those who have a busy lifestyle, but want to experience Korean templestay within a short period of time. Normally, one-day templestay program takes about two or three hours including a temple tour, meditation, and tea ceremony. If you do not have a whole day if you are a foreign tourist who do not have much time, one-day templestay would be the perfect choice.

Jingwansa Temple, located to the west of Seoul, is one of the four major temples around Seoul along with Bulamsa Temple, Sammaksa Temple, and Seunggasa Temple located to the east, south and north respectively. The temple was dedicated to Preceptor Jingwan in 1010 BC by King Hyeonjong, the 8th king of the Goryeo Dynasty.

During the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejong built a library in Jingwansa for Confucian scholars to visit and read. The temple was reduced to ashes during the Korean War, but since Jingwan lead as head monk in 1963, the temple buildings were restored and renewed for 30 years to the present day condition.

<Full-day Tour>

FD-1 UNESCO Heritage “Suwon Hwaseong Fortress” & Korean Folk Village (09:00-17:00)

Tour date Sept. 20-24 Price per person KRW 130,000
(Min. 10 people required)
Price includes Lunch, English-speaking guide, Private Transfer, Admission fee, Parking fee
Itinerary Gather at venue - Suwon Hawseong Fortress - Lunch - Korean Folk Village - Back to the venue

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is an impressive structure from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The fortress (constructed from 1794 to 1796) was built as a show of the King’s filial piety towards his father Jangheonseja and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power. The fortress was designated as Historical Monument No. 3 in January 1963, and in December 1997, it was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Korean Folk Village: Set in a natural environment occupying approximately 243 acres, visitors can experience the natural atmosphere with over 260 traditional houses reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty, including various household goods from different regions. All these features have been relocated and restored to provide visitors with a broad understanding of Korean food, clothing, and housing style of the past.

FD-2) Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm (09:00-17:00)

Tour date Sept. 20-24 Price per person KRW 145,000
(Min. 10 people required)
Price includes Lunch, English-speaking guide, Private Transfer, Admission fee, Parking fee
Itinerary Gather at venue - Nami Island - Lunch - Garden of Morning Calm - Back to the venue

Nami Island is 63 km away from Seoul in the direction of Chuncheon, and is famous for its beautiful tree lined roads. The island is 30 minutes away from Chuncheon and an hour away from suburbs of Seoul. Since it is not far from Seoul, many couples and families come to visit. A special feature of Nami Island is that there are no telephone poles. This is because all electric wires were built underground to keep the natural feeling of the landscape. The complex is 553,560 square yards with chestnut trees and poplar trees around the isle.

The Garden of Morning Calm is one of Korea's major botanical gardens, attracting about 700,000 tourists from home and abroad annually. The garden aims to promote the beauty of Korean flowers and plants to the world. They also play a huge role in developing Korea's garden culture.

Every year during The Garden of Morning Calm's Spring Festival, the garden is covered with a rich tapestry of color from the thousands of flowers and trees in full bloom. From the promenade surrounded by a refreshing pine grove, to the 330,000㎡ flower garden, the entire arboretum overflows with nature’s beauty and grace. In addition, the garden holds a range of exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs during the festival.

FD-3) Seoul Highlights (09:00-17:00)

Tour date Sept. 20-24 Price per person KRW 140,000
(Min. 10 people required)
Price includes Lunch, English-speaking guide, Private Transfer, Admission fee, Parking fee
Itinerary Gather at venue - Experience of Hanbok - Gyeongbokgung Palace - Lunch - Enjoy a tea with traditional dessert at Korean tea café - N Seoul Tower - Taste a street food at Gwangjang Market - Back to the venue

Traditional markets in Seoul are one of the best places to experience the coexistence of modernism and tradition all at once. Every market bustles with vendors of all kinds as well aplethora of delicious street food. When looking for a place to either shop or eat, a visit to one of these Korean marketplaces is a must!

Gwangjang Market was the first permanent market established in Korea and dates back to 1905. The first thing that comes to mind when Koreans hear the name “Gwangjang Market” is none other than food. The endless strip of food vendors in the market is quite unique, with each vendor crowded with lines of people waiting to experience mouthwatering food. The stores and food vendors serve popular Korean foods like bindaetteok (mung bean pancake), gimbap, bibimbap, and sundae (blood sausage).

<Night Tour>

NT-1) Myeongdong & Nanta Performance (18:00-22:00)

Tour date Sept. 20-24 Price per person KRW 120,000
(Min. 10 people required)
Price includes English-speaking guide, Private Transfer, Admission fee
Itinerary Gather at venue - Myeongdong - NANTA performance - Back to the venue

NANTA has been running since October 1997 and is the most popular show ever in Korea. It also has achieved outstanding international success having performed on Broadway and toured widely around the US and the rest of the world. It receives rave reviews wherever it performs and quickly sells out. Without a dialogue, but through rhythmic banging of knives, pots and pans, NANTA (or Cookin’ as it was known in the States) tells the story of four crazy chefs who have been set the impossible task of making a wedding banquet in just one hour. What follows is pure musical mayhem, and they even manage to fit in a love story! The show is based on Korea’s traditional garak (rhythms) of Samulnori (traditional Korean percussion quartet), and can be enjoyed by all the family.

Myeongdong is one of the busiest places in Seoul and is among Korea’s premier shopping destinations. Over 1 million shoppers pass through this area each and every day. Located in the heart of Seoul, Myeong-dong market has been a witness to Korea’s tumultuous modern-day history as a center of city politics, economy, and culture. To international visitors, Myeong-dong is a stunning shopping district with countless shops and restaurants. Its wild popularity has led to similar shopping districts springing up all across the country.

NT-2) Han River Dinner Cruise (18:00-21:30)

Tour date Sept. 20-24 Price per person KRW 150,000
(Min. 10 people required)
Price includes Buffet dinner, English-speaking guide, Private Transfer, Admission fee
Itinerary Gather at venue - Han River Cruise - Gwangjang Market - Back to the venue

Han River Dinner Cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery around Hangang River that flows through Seoul. Cool wind from the river, the surrounding scenery, which get more beautiful in the evenings, are the rewards the ferry cruise can offer you.

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