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Cultural Activities

 

The stimulating environment continues outside the classroom with various extracurricular activities held throughout the program (events are subject to change).

 

  •   - Old Campus Tour & Welcome Reception
  •   - Special Lectures
  •   - Korean Folk Village Tour
  •   - Tour of Seoul's Ancient Palaces and Museums
  •   - Show (Korean Traditional Play, Non-Verbal Performance, etc.)
  •   - Trying on Korean Traditional Clothing (Hanbok)
  •   - Taekwondo
  •   - Ice Fishing

 

 

 Trying on Korean Traditional Clothing "Hanbok" (left-top), Ice Fishing (right-top), Korean Folk Village Tour (left-bottom), Taekwondo (right-bottom)

 

 

Extra Korean Language Class

All international students can take Korean language courses for free (excl. materials). In addition to this program, students may take a more intensive regular Korean course for credit.

 

Weekend Field Trips (Optional)

Visiting Korea in the winter offers many opportunities to enjoy seasonal activities in the snow. Weekend Field Trips focus on cultural experiences and opportunities to enjoy the best of Korea’s winter season.

 

* The following schedules are subject to change and can be cancelled and fully refunded if the number of applicants is less than the minimum.

 

<Weekend Field Trip 1> Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival (January 9)

 

Hwacheon County is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice. Home to sancheoneo (mountain trout), every year this remote region invites visitors from all over the world for the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival.

 

At the festival, thousands of holes are drilled in the ice to allow you to fish for trout. Or, you can jump into the icy cold water and catch a fish with your bare hands! It’s so exciting, participants usually forget all about the cold weather.

 

Afterwards, you can bring your catch to a cooking center where it will be prepared and served to you, either as raw sushi or grilled.

There are dozens of other exciting winter activities at the festival, including sledding, ice soccer, and snowman-building. After dark, the festival is lit up by ice sculptures as well as the New Year Sancheoneo Hope Light Street, a 5km-long display of sancheoneo lamps.

 

 

<Weekend Field Trip 2> Jeonju Hanok Village (January 16)

 

Jeonju was the capital of Later Baekje (892-936) and the birthplace of Joseon’s (1392-1910) cultural renaissance. It is well known for its distinct music, food, and paper products. Traditional culture is kept alive at Jeonju Hanok Village, a neighborhood of over 800 traditional Korean houses, called Hanok. Immerse yourself in the traditional Korean lifestyle amid the winding alleys of this community, which is designated as an International Slow City.

 

Learn more about traditional Korean paper at the Hanji Center. Try out the traditional winter Korean lifestyle at the Hanok Living Experience Center, where you can see just how warm the traditional floor heating ondol system was. Stop by Jeonju Hyanggyo, a Confucian academy established in the 15th century.

 

You will also get a chance to try Jeonju bibimbap, a staple of the region.