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SOUTH KOREA
CULTURE & CRAFTS TOUR

Including the Biennale International Ceramics Festival
Hosted by Professor & Ceramicist Patrick Crabb
September 19 - October 1, 2024

13 days/11 nights for $4349 per person, double occupancy, land only

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Includes:

  • 3 nights in Seoul at the Hotel President Seoul, breakfast, transfer from airport

  • Full day Seoul City Tour

  • Welcome dinner

  • Tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace & the Leeum Museum of Art

  • Transfer to Sejong with visits to local master craftsmen and artists, and lunch.

  • 1 night at the Best Western Plus Sejong with breakfast

  • Tour of Buyeo with lunch

  • 1 night at the Best Western Plus Jeonju with breakfast

  • Tour of Jeonju

  • 1 night at the Grand Mercure Ambassador Changwon with breakfast

  • Ceramics tour of Gimhae with visit to a local artist's studio

  • Korean Barbecue Dinner

  • 3 nights  at the Felix Hotel by STX in Busan with breakfast

  • Full day Busan tour with dinner

  • Optional Cooking Class in Busan with lunch

  • Half day Busan tour

  • Train from Busan to Seoul

  • 3 nights at the Hotel President Seoul with breakfast, transfers from train station

  • Half day Incheon tour with lunch & afternoon at the Korean International Ceramics Biennale

  • Full day Yongin tour

  • Traditional Korean performance and farewell dinner

  • Transfer to airport

  • Transportation and English-speaking guide throughout

PRICING

 

Double occupancy:
$4349 per person, based on a minimum of 15 travelers*

$3899 per person, based on a minimum of 18 travelers


Single supplement: $950

*If there are less than 15 travelers, there will be a surcharge
of $600 per person

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

ITINERARY

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Day One - Sept 19

Arrive in Seoul

Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel President Seoul.

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Day Two - Sept 20

Seoul

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your day at Bongeunsa Temple, which dates back to the Silla Dynasty. From there visit Starfield Library, a uniquely beautiful library space with books from all over the world. Following a lunch break, stop by the Horim Museum which houses traditional Korean earthenware, ceramics, paintings, and more.

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Day Three - Sept 21

Seoul

After breakfast, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395 and considered the most beautiful palace of the Joseon Dynasty. View the Changing of the Royal Guards while there. After a lunch break, head to the Bukchon Hanok Village, which still has traditional homes from the Joseon dynasty. Visit the Leeum Museum of Art, which exhibits a mix of traditional and modern art.

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Day Four - Sept 22

Seoul - Sejong

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive to Jeungpyeong (approx 2 hours) to visit a master brush maker and hear him speak about his craft. Lunch at a local restaurant. Head to Cheongju to visit the studio of ceramicist Ganghyo Lee. Spend the night in Sejong at the Best Western Plus Sejong.

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Days Five - Sept 23

Sejong - Jeonju

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Buyeo to visit the Buyeo Factory and Ginseng Museum. Then head to Iksan to see Kosrak, a traditional Korean garden filled with approximately 5,000 traditional jars. Lunch at a local restaurant. In Gimje, stop at the Earthenware Kiln of Bugeo-ri to see how the traditional firewood kiln works. End the day in Jeonju at the Best Western Plus Jeongju.

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Day Six - Sept 24

Jeonju - Changwon

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Jeonju Fan & Literature Museum, then stroll around the Jeonju Hanok Village. Drive to Changwon and check into the Grand Mercure Ambassador Changwon. Rest of the day is free to explore Changwon.

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Day Seven - Sept 25

Changwon - Busan

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive to Gimhae to visit the Gimhae Buncheong Ceramics Museum, which is the first to exhibit Buncheong ceramics. Then visit the Clayarch Gimhae Museum, which focuses on architectural ceramics. Afterward, stop by the studio of ceramicist Minho Jeong. Enjoy a special Korean BBQ dinner then drive to Busan and check into the Felix Hotel by STX.

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Day Eight - Sept 26

Busan

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning take the Busan Air Cruise for views of Songdo Beach and the city, then visit the Gamcheon Culture Village, home to many Korean artists and affectionately nicknamed the "Machu Picchu of Busan." End the day in Toam Ceramic Park before returning to the hotel.

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Day Nine - Sept 27

Busan

Breakfast at the hotel. Today can either be spent exploring on your own or taking a Korean cooking class. After enjoying a delicious lunch that you cooked, visit important local markets like Jagalchi Market, Gukje Market, and Bupyeong Market. End the day at Jeonpo Cafe Street, a charming and popular area of the city.

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Day Ten -Sept 28

Busan - Seoul

Breakfast at the hotel. Take in contemporary at Museum 1, then walk along the Jeoryeong Coastal Walking Trail and Huinnyeoul Cultural Village. Transfer to the train station to take the KTX train to Seoul. Check into the Hotel President Seoul.

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Day Eleven - Sept 29

Korean International Ceramic Biennale

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Incheon (approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes) and visit Ye's Park a craft village with over 230 art studios. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then spend the afternoon at the Korean International Ceramic Biennale with lots of exhibitions, arts festivals, and collaborative events throughout the event. Return to Seoul in the evening.

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Day Twelve - Sept 30

Yongin

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Yongin (approximately 1 hour) to visit the Korean Folk Village to see performances of traditional farmer's music, martial arts, and even a traditional wedding ceremony. In the afternoon, return to Seoul and visit Insadong, a popular area of the city for eateries and shopping for vintage items. Enjoy a traditional performance before a farewell dinner.

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Day Thirteen - Oct 1

Return home

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your journey home.

International Airfare Available Upon Request

INCLUSIONS
Accommodations & daily breakfast

Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles

Local English-speaking guides

Tours and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

KTX train from Busan-Seoul

EXCLUSIONS

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Gratuities for guides, drivers, waitstaff, bellhops, etc.

Services not listed on the itinerary
Optional Tours

International Flights

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