In this Korean Culture school/university trip to Seoul, discover South Korea’s varied history, politics, food and entertainment. Here’s our Culture educational tour program to Seoul at a glance:
- Day 1: N Seoul Tower
- Day 2: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok village, World Taekwondo HQ
- Day 3: Korean language class, Gangnam District, Samsung D’light, media poles, Nanta show
- Day 4: Secret Garden, North Korean defector, SM Town Coex Artium K-pop recording studios
- Day 5: DMZ, Dora Observatory, Panmunjeom
- Day 6: Namdaemun Market, Korean cooking class, Dongdaemun Gate, Han River cruise
Like what you see? Discover South Korea’s vibrant culture in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ 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: Hello Seoul!
This is it! Step off the plane at Seoul’s Incheon Airport and catch your first glimpses of South Korea on the coach to your accommodation. Listen to a trip briefing led by your guide – this will give you all the information you need to have a safe and smooth adventure through Korea.
Once you’ve settled in, head to the observation deck of Seoul’s second-highest point, the N Seoul Tower. Soak in the incredible views over the metropolis and get ready for the Learning Adventure that awaits.
Day 2: From Palaces to Taekwondo
Pay a visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest and most beautiful royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty. Explore the exquisite gardens and learn about its history before walking up the hill to Bukchon Hanok Village – a ‘hanok’ is a traditional Korean house.
Head to Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarters. Watch an exciting demonstration of ‘the way of the foot and the fist’ (the literal translation of ‘taekwondo’), a martial art that originated in Korea.
Day 3: Language & Comedy
It’s time to learn the basics of the Korean language! Get engaged with a language class and learn the basics of writing and speaking Korean.
Cross the river to the Gangnam District – you might recognise the name from the famous ‘Gangnam Style’ song! Visit the Samsung D’light, an exhibition space that showcases the latest technology from the electronics giant. Be sure to head to the nearby media poles near Gangnam Station to take photos to send to your friends and family back home.
It’s show time! Tonight, you’ll watch a hugely popular show called Nanta, a non-verbal comedy show, incorporating a traditional ‘samul nori’ rhythm from a percussion quartet, acrobats, magic and of a fun dose of audience participation.
Day 4: Meet a North Korean Defector
Set out to discover the (not so) Secret Garden behind Changdeokgung Palace. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was once a private garden for the Royal family and the women of the palace. Wander through the exquisite lotus ponds, pavilions, landscaped lawns and flowers. You’ll be joined by a North Korean defector, who, whilst walking you through the gardens, will share his stories about the history of the divided peninsula as well as his personal journey from North to South.
Take a break to eat like an emperor for lunch. Pay a visit to a restaurant fit for royalty, where you will have the chance to try an exquisite range of dishes prepared according to traditional royal recipes.
K-pop is taking the world by storm, with BTS hitting the top spot in the British album charts. Stop by the SM Town Coex Artium, which offers the opportunity to visit K-pop recording studios and see hologram performances from the genre’s megastars.
Day 5: Demilitarized Zone
Today, you’re off to the DMZ, the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Take in views across the zone from the Dora Observatory and investigate the infiltration tunnel under the DMZ built by the North Koreans. Then, pay a visit to Panmunjeom, the village just North of the de facto border, where the armistice agreement that paused the Korean War was signed.
After a busy day exploring, treat your taste buds to South Korean pizza. Whilst there are more standard options, we recommend eating like the locals. It’s not quite the same as back home. Expect the unexpected: figs, snails, cream cheese… You’ve been warned!
Day 6: Korean Cooking Class
Wake up bright and early to explore the sights, smells and tastes of Namdaemun Market, the oldest and largest traditional market in Korea. Get in amongst the hustle and bustle as you pick out ingredients for the next activity, a cooking class. Here, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Korean food as you try your hand at making popular Korean dishes such as Kimchi, bibimbap or seafood pancakes.
Wander around traditional markets in the famous shopping district surrounding the Dongdaemun Gate. This is the place where tradition meets modernisation – pick your way through wares at flea markets, then turn the corner to find big names at huge modern malls.
As it’s your final evening, embark on a scenic cruise of the Han River – the major river running through Seoul. Cruise up to the Banpo Bridge to witness its unique fountains.
Day 7: Anneong!
Take your transfer to the airport, and spend the flight reflecting on your magical week. It might be home time, but it’s not over. Seoul’s soul will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!