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.
Each weekend, program participants will get an opportunity to visit some of the best tourist sites in Seoul. The Saturday Tours will highlight the Seoul metropolitan area and travel to nearby destinations where students will gain a first-hand experience of both traditional and modern Korean life.
Located at the top of Mt. Namsan in the heart of Seoul, Seoul Tower is a 240-meter tall tower completed in 1975. Often regarded as Asia's most beautiful tower, this tower is also where you can get the most exciting night view of Seoul, including the dramatic light shows made by skyscrapers, inner city highways and the long bridges of Han River.
There are 7 places to get on or get off the ferries: at Jamsil, Ttukseom, Yeouido, Yanghwa and Nanji(Samgam) docks with various combinations of cruising routes. With the gentle ripples of the river dancing to the dazzling spotlights and the tunes of music from the leisure boats, each ferry is a scenic place where students can get together and enjoy the beauty of the Han River.
The best preserved among the five palaces of the Joseon Dyansty, the compound has been designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Originally an auxiliary palace, it became virtually the main residential palace for kings since King Songjon (1470-1494).
The National Museum of Korea (NMK) endeavors to preserve, to exhibit, and to interpret our cultural heritage in a manner that befits the museum’s international scale. It also strives to become a world-class institution that serves the Korean people through international cultural exchanges. To achieve its mission, the museum focuses on three objectives: popularization, globalization, and informatization. Above all, the NMK makes an effort to provide more extensive visitor services both in quality and quantity as it envisions a cultural multiplex of great accessibility and comfort. To make cultural welfare more equitable is one of the key issues in the new millennium and the NMK is at the forefront in delivering cultural benefits to a broader and more diverse audience.
Set in nature on a site of approximately 243 acres, visitors can experience the authentic atmosphere of over 260 traditional houses that are reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty, including various household goods from different regions. All these features have been relocated and restored to allow visitors to better understand the Korean food, clothing, and housing style of the past. In twenty workshops, various handicrafts such as pottery, baskets, winnows, bamboo wares, wooden wares, paper, brass wares, knots, fans, musical instruments, iron wares and embroidery are practiced. In the Korean Folk Village, customs and lifestyles of the past generations have been carefully preserved.
You can visit the Folk Museum as well as the Art Museum to learn about the essence of Korean culture and folk customs. Korean Folk Village is also the filming location for the famous movie Scandal as well as the TV miniseries, Daejanggeum.
Hwaseong Fortress was constructed as an act of filial devotion by Jeongjo, the 22nd king of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). He also aimed to strengthen his power, eradicate party conflict, and fortify the southern area of the capital. Construction started along Mt. Paldalsan in January 1794 and was completed in September 1796 under the supervision of Chae Je-gong, a former minister and the magistrate of Yeongjungchubu County. During its construction, equipment¡¡such as the Geojunggi, a type of traditional Korean crane, and potters’ wheels were developed and used to transport and assemble large stones. The fortress suffered partial damage during Japanese colonial rule and the Korean War, but most of its original features have been restored with the help of the Hwaseong Seongyeokuigwe. The construction archive was published in 1801 after the fortress was completed. The fortress sprawls over both flat and hilly terrain, which is seldom seen in neighboring China or Japan. It is designed to serve political and commercial as well as military functions and is a fine example of a traditional East Asian fortresses.
Icheon Ceramics Village produces traditional Korean ceramics of high quality. The village became the center of traditional pottery during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) for about 500 years thanks to the easily obtainable materials in the area. Icheon Ceramics Village was also the center of Joseon Baekja ceramics. Now, about 80 pottery factories are congregated in the village, and about 300 pottery kilns are in use.
Visitors can observe the pottery production process, and purchase them on the spot. It is worthwhile to watch these potters, known as the Living Cultural Treasures of Korea, create the marvelous handicrafts. Not only are the traditional Cheongja, Baekja, and Buncheong pottery produced here, but also more modern pottery. The Haegang Ceramics Art Center is the only ceramics Art Center in Korea, where you can learn about ceramics. One of the must-see events at Icheon Ceramics Village is the internationally famous “Icheon Ceramics Festival,” which is held annually. Aside from the displayed pottery, pottery classes, traditional kiln handling, pottery character show, and parades are also held.