Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Take Off:
Board an overnight flight to Seoul.
Day 2 :
Arrive in Seoul
- Wheels Down:
Land in South Korea and begin exploring its capital city.
Day 3 :
- Guided Exploration:
Discover Seoul with a local guide while you admire the 40-acre Gyeonbok Palace, visit the National Folk Museum, wander the streets of Insadong, and travel to the Namdaemun open-air market with a local guide.
Day 4 :
Continue in Seoul
- See the Demilitarized Zone:
Take a full day excursion to a Demilitarized Zone where you will tour Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and Dora Observatory.
LEAP Activity | Culinary Korea
Experience cooking Korean foods to get a taste for the cuisine. Cook a traditional Korean BBQ and work with Korea’s most important ingredient, a flavorful mix of fermented vegetables known as kimchi.
Day 5 :
Jeonju & Gwangju City
Travel to Jeonju and explore the Jeonju Hanok Village where old traditions are still practiced.
- Gwangju City:
Continue on to Gwangju City.
Day 6 :
Boseong & Gwangju City
Travel to Boseong, home of a large green tea field that supplies 40% of the countrys green tea.
- Tour of Gwangju:
Return to Gwangju City and explore with a local guide.
Day 7 :
- Travel to Haeinsa:
- Tour the Temple:
Discover Tripitaka Koreana at Haeinsa Temple. This collection of 81,258 wooden printing blocks is the most complete collection of the Buddhist Canon found in East Asia.
- Transfer to Gyeongju:
Day 8 :
- Cultural Exploration:
Spend the day touring Gyeongju, the old capital city of the Shilla Kingdom. Discover the cultural history of the Gyeongju district at the Gyeongju National Museum. Visit Bulguksa, one of Koreas best known temples. See one of the worlds finest shrines of Buddha at Seoggram Grotto. Bulguksa Temple and Seoggram Grotto are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
LEAP Activity | Sunmodo Training
Study and participate in the art of Sunmudo, a traditional Buddhist form of martial arts indigenous to the area. Learn the ways of Zen meditation while practicing balance and concentration.
Day 9 :
Travel back to Seoul
Travel to Yongin and tour the Korean Folk Village, a living museum of life from several centuries ago.
- Continue to Suwon:
Then, see the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.
- Return to Seoul:
Day 10 :
Return Home to the United States
- National Museum:
Before heading home, visit the National Museum of Korea, a sanctuary of Korean culture (time permitting).
Enjoy your flight home.