Traditional Experiences - Korea Tourism Organization
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There are lots of centers in Korea to introduce traditional culture to foreign visitors as well as to keep the cultural alive. Some of these experiences are initiated and handled by Korean Tourism Organization, some by other institutions of the Republic of Korea, and some by private entrepreneurs. 

Royal Palace Life


Gyeongbokgung PalaceGyeonghuigung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace are royal palaces which take place in must-see tourist attractions in Seoul. Visitors do not only explore the palace grounds, but also enjoy several experiential programs in a royal manner.Specially, the reenactment of the historical Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies at Gyeongbokgung Palace offers an extraordinary experience. After the ceremony, visitors can try the guards' costumes and take picture with them. In addition, visitors can also try hanboks from Deoksugung Palace and Unhyeongung Royal Residence, where the clothes fitting programs are offered.


Hanbok Experience

To try hanboks, the outcomes of a deeply rooted tradition, there are also some places other than the palaces. Insa-dong Tourist Information Center and Seoul Global Culture Center offer visitors to try these mysterious and aesthetic traditional outfits. 

For detailed info on hanbok centers, please click here.


Koren Cooking Class 

Foods are gateways to understand one country's culture directly. Korean cooking classes aim to have foreigners experience Korean culture and learn more about Korea's traditional foods. In these cooking programs, foreigners are taught to to make popular dishes, including kimchi, bulgogi, bibimbap, tteok and even royal cuisine.

Click here to learn more about cooking classes in Korea.

 


Korean Art and Craft Making Class

An interesting and creative way to learn Korean culture will be experiencing the Korean art and crafts. Craft workshops in  Insa-dong, Gahoe-dong, and Bukchon Hanok are places where the Korean tradition is well and alive. These venues offer a variety of programs that you can choose, ranging from making accessories with Korean knotting method to making household items with traditional Korean paper, hanji.

Click here to learn more about handcrafting classes in Korea.


Ceramic-Making Class 

Ceramic and pottery making dates back to thousands of years in Korea; and probably are the most popular activities among visitors. Beside language assistance and reasonable prices, it is one of the best ways of learning Korea's traditional culture.

Especially Icheon of Gyeonggi-do region is heavily frequented for ceramic-making programs; and is recommended for international tourists who want to attend such courses, as it has been operating a ceramic program for a long time.

Click here to learn more about ceramic-making classes in Korea.

 


Taekwondo Programs

Taekwondo is a sport that emphasizes a sense of morality, humility, and a respect for one's opponent. The most recognized form of Korean martial arts teaches both defensive and offensive techniques without using weapons; and there are several programs for the ones who want to learn it in Korea.

Click here to find out where you can experience this traditional Korean martial art yourself.