Summer@UIC will arrange a number of activities for participants that allow them to learn about Korea through valuable first-hand experiences. During the afternoon sessions at the YIC campus, students will be able to enjoy a variety of activities outside the classroom including K-pop dance, Taekwondo, samulnori, and hanji art. Weekly excursions held both during the week and over the weekends will expose students to the rich cultural traditions of Korea by attending dynamic performances and visits to Seoul's highlights, both historical and modern.
Field Trip participants will have a chance to explore Korea by visiting popular cultural and historical sites. Students will be provided with a more in-depth understanding of Korea's rich traditions and its cultural diversity. The optional fieldtrip will take place at the start of the program and allow students to get to know each other and tour some of the most popular destinations outside of Seoul.
Jeonju Hanok Village is located in the city of Jeonju. This location has many beautiful and interesting places to visit, but all tourists, Korean or international, inevitably find their way to the Hanok Village. There are over 800 traditional Korean 'hanok' houses. While the rest of the city has been industrialized, the Hanok Village retains its historical charm. Jeonju Hanok village is especially known for its beautiful roof curves. The roof edges that are slightly raised to the sky art unique to the region. Built during the 1930s, it was a reaction to the expanding Japanese influence in the city. The Hankok Village was seen as both a source of national pride and a way to counteract the Japanese architecture that was becoming prevalentat the time. The village is located in the southeast of the city, and its entrance is signaled by the magnificent Jeondong Cathedral, which is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Korea. Made of foot stones from nearby Pungnamun, one of the former gates to the city and a prominent cultural asset in itself, the cathedral was established to uphold the spirit of Catholic martyrs.
Next to the cathedral is Gyeonggijeon, a complex that houses Gyeonggi Hall, which in turn houses the portrait of King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. The rest of the village is filled with all kinds of wonderful hidden treasures that can be found only by exploring the alleyways and courtyards. You may find a small workshop with hand-ma£ä£å hanji paper, or perhaps a tiny tea house. There are also plenty of restaurants, as well as calligraphy and wine museums.
The village is deceptively large, running from Jeondong Cathedral in the west to the Imokdae Pavilion in the east. There are craft shops on Taejo-ro, the main street running east to west, where you can participate in workshops for making all kinds of things out of hanji and clay. Off in the recesses of the village are more studios offering wood engraving, natural dyeing, embroidery, weaving, fan making and more.
The Korean Traditional Life Experience Park is a place where people can go to experience a variety of traditional aspects of Korean life. During the day, the beautiful buildings and myriad alleyways provide places to eat, drink and entertain oneself. £Át night, it gives off an air of authenticity that is hard to see when cars and tourists are filling the narrow roads. A stroll around the village at sunrise or sunset, when the residents of the village emerge and most of the tourists have left, is a must.