In this South Korea culture school trip, you and your students will spend 7 days in bustling Seoul. A captivating mix of traditional and modern, and home to some of the most exciting developments in current pop culture, Seoul promises a varied and exciting itinerary. Highlights include a lesson on sustainable Korean food, a visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace, a professional K-Pop dance class, and an eye-opening trip to the DMZ. This Korea culture school trip is the ultimate well-rounded tour.
Read on below to find out all about our amazing Korea culture school trip. But remember – all our trips are fully customisable! Simply enquire with us to learn more, or browse the rest of our South Korea school trips here.
*Prices based on 2 free teachers per 20 paying students.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Welcome to Korea!
Your South Korea culture school trip begins today! You’ll touch down in Seoul’s Incheon airport, greeted by one our wonderful Adventure Leaders. They’ll help you transfer to your accommodation and let you get settled in. Later, you’ll have an all-important trip briefing with your guide.
It’s time to acquaint yourself with your new home! Your Adventure Leader will take you on a walking tour of your local area. They’ll point out local landmarks, give you tips on orientating yourself in the city, as well as giving you key advice on adjusting to Korea’s way of life.
Day 2: Private Tours & Palaces
- Today you’ll embark on a half-day private bus tour of the bustling city. You’ll visit key landmarks around Seoul, including Namsan Tower, the Lotte Tower, and the Gangnam District, with running commentary from your own personal local guide.
- Pay a visit to the iconic Gyeongbokgung, the main Royal Palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Explore the grounds, before heading uphill to the world-famous Bukchon Hanok village. This stunning area is the traditional heart of the city, so spend some time exploring the narrow rustic alleyways.
- If that’s not enough, you’ll also get a chance to see what Myeongdong district has to offer!
Day 3: DMZ
- Two hours north of Seoul is the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. On your visit today, you’ll head to the Dora Observatory, where you’ll be able to see across the zone and into North Korea. You’ll visit infiltration tunnels underground to learn more about the area’s fascinating past, before paying a visit to Panmunjeom. It was in this village that the armistice agreement which paused the Korean war was signed.
- You’ll learn about another key moment in Korean military history with a visit to the Gloucester Hill Battle Monument. Known in full as the British Army’s Seolmari Battle Monument in Paju, the monument commemorates the actions of the 1st Gloucestershire Regiment in 1951 during the Korean War. You’ll also visit Hill 235 in the same area, known as ‘Gloster Hill’, and learn about the actions of the Regiments during this period.
- For a change of pace, you’ll also explore Hongdae Street. Known for its street performances, art, and buskers, Hongdae Street is one of most exciting places for a walk in the city!
Day 4: Pop Culture
For the K-Pop fans in your group, Day 4 of your Korea culture school trip kicks off with a bang.
- You’ll attend a K-Pop dance class, taught by professional instructors! Students will learn routines that will help them perform like their idols.
- Today you’ll also head to the HiKR Ground. Set up by the Korean Tourism Organization, it’s a home to all things K-wave. Filled with smart tech and entertainment spaces, it’s an interactive playground celebrating hallyu, the arts, and more.
- If you’d not been musical enough today – it’s karaoke time! Head to a local space to belt out all your favourite hits.
Day 5: Food Class
- Today, you’ll meet with a local expert for a sustainable food class. You’ll learn about Korean food and nutrition, and enjoy three staple Korean foods. You’ll be taught about using seasonal and local produce, how to reduce food waste and avoid highly-processed foods, and learn about the environmental impact of what you eat.
- You’ll also pay a visit to Namdaemun Market. Opened in 1964, it’s the largest traditional market in Korea and is filled with shops selling amazing products at affordable prices – many of which are made by the shop owners themselves.
- Then it’s showtime! You’re heading out to watch a Nanta Show. These hugely popular entertainment experiences are a non-verbal comedy show. They incorporate a traditional samul nori rhythm from a percussion quartet, and feature acrobatics, magic, and a healthy dose of audience participation.
Day 6: Taekwondo
- Dojang is the Korean word for ‘training hall’ – and today you’ll pay a visit to a martial arts dojang! You’ll see the local areas where taekwondo and tangsoodo take place, which are staple parts of Korean culture. You’ll then join a training session, led by a local instructor!
- Home to more than 50,000 books and magazines, the Starfield Library is at the centre of the COEX Mall. Pay it a visit to gaze up at the 13-meter tall bookshelf! The mall is also home to an endless amount of entertainment – including an aquarium!
- From under the water to on top of it – you’ll take a boat cruise down the Han River. On your scenic tour, you’ll be able to see Seoul’s landmarks from a new perspective, including the Banpo Bridge, complete with its unique fountains.
Day 7: Hometime
Sadly, today marks the end of your Korea culture school trip. You’ll transfer back to the airport, ready to head home with a suitcase full of new experiences and memories!
Gain an appreciation of South Korea’s rich culture, both traditional and modern.
Understand the causes and effects of the relationship between North and South Korea.
Engage in South Korean traditions through experiencing authentic activities such as a cooking class and martial arts demonstration.
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