Whether you’re a taekwondo club, school or university group, our Martial Arts trip to Seoul, South Korea, shows you the birthplace of taekwondo, from training sessions to demonstrations to cultural experiences. Here’s our taekwondo trip at a glance:
- Day 1: N Seoul Tower
- Day 2: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, World Taekwondo HQ demonstration
- Day 3: martial arts training, Dongdaemun Gate, Nanta show
- Day 4: Secret Garden, North Korean defector, royalty-themed restaurant, SM Town Coex Artium K-pop recording studios
- Day 5: DMZ, Dora Observatory, Panmunjeom
- Day 6: Namdaemun Market, Korean cooking class, martial arts training, Gangnam District, Samsung D’light exhibition, media poles, Han River Cruise
Like what you see? Discover South Korea’s rich martial arts culture in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our 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: Touch Down
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.
After settling in and listening to a trip briefing from your guide, head for 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: The Way of the Foot and the Fist
Start the day bright and early with a visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main and largest royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Explore the exquisite grounds and learn about its history before walking 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: Dongdaemun Market
You’ve watched it from the sidelines, so now it’s your chance to get involved! Stretch out, limber up and prepare for some martial arts training. Pick up some new vocabulary on the way – the teacher is your ‘sabum’ and the training hall is called a ‘dojang’.
Spend a relaxing afternoon wandering 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.
The evening means show time. Tonight, you’ll watch a hugely popular show called Nanta – a non-verbal comedy show involving acrobatics, magic and of course a dose of audience participation.
Day 4: Royalty and Pop Stars
Set out to discover the (not so) Secret Garden behind Changdeokgung Palace. Once a private garden for the royal family, it’s now open to the public who are free to wander among 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 at lunch. Pay a visit to a restaurant fit for royalty, one that specializes in a range of dishes inspired by traditional royal recipes.
K-pop is taking the West by storm, with BTS hitting the top spot in the British album charts. A visit to the SM Town Coex Artium gives you the chance to check out K-pop recording studios and see hologram performances from the genre’s megastars.
Day 5: DMZ
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: Training and Technology
First up, set off for the Namdaemun Market, the oldest and largest traditional market in South Korea. Get in amongst the hustle and bustle and scout out some ingredients for the next activity of the morning, a cooking class. Here, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Korean food and try your hand at making Korean dishes like kimchi and bibimbap.
After eating your delicious creations for lunch, take part in your second taekwondo training session and brush up on the skills you picked up last time. Then, cross the river to Gangnam District and visit Samsung D’light, an exhibition that showcases the latest technology from the electronics giant. Your Learning Adventure is coming to an end, so make sure to get to the media poles near Gangnam Station to take stunning photos to show everyone back home.
It’s your last night, so make the most of it. Embark on a scenic cruise down the Han River to the Banpo Bridge, a spectacular sight with its rainbow fountains.
Day 7: Seoul’s Soul
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!