The Korean Tea Ceremony is an important step to discover the traditional Korean culture. This ceremony progress is different from the Japanese one, either on the steps of the ceremony than on the ustensils used. You can experience it in areas such as Insadong or Bukchon, or in palaces like Gyeongbokgung Palace.
The Hanbok is the traditional Korean dress. It is often characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. Although the term literally means "Korean clothing", hanbok today often refers specifically to clothing of the Joseon period and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations.
The Hanbok can be declined in man, woman ou child model. Nowadays, the Hanbok is wear for special occasions like the New Year (Seollal), or for weddings for examples. In that special case, the Hanbok is named "Hollyebok". The wearing of Hanbok is also closely related to the traditionnal Tea Ceremony.
Jeju-do, or Jeju Island, is a volcanic island located 130km south of the Korean peninsula. If the Hallasan is the tallest mountain of Korea, this volcano is now extinct, and the whole island and its volcanic structures are listed World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
Jeju Lavas Tubes are some of the most visited places in Korea, and ones of the most famous lava tubes, especially the Manjanggul Cave, which is also one of the longest lava tube in the world.
Templestay is a unique cultural program which lets you experience the life of Buddhist practitioners at traditional temples which preserve the 1700 year old history of Korean Buddhism. Therefore, it is open to everyone regardless of religious belief.
A typical temple stay program entails an overnight stay at a Buddhist temple, and participation in such Buddhist rituals as yebul (ceremonial service), chamseon (Zen meditation), and barugongyang (monastic meal). Other activities may include dado (tea ceremony) with monks, outdoor meditation, lotus lantern and prayer bead crafts, painting, folk games, hiking, etc.
Across Korea, you can find many vestiges of the Joseon dynasty, which lasted from 1392 all the way until 1910. Over the reign of Joseon, Seoul became the capital city and center of state affairs. Throughout the years, the kings had many grand palaces built here – five of them are currently open to the public. For those looking to explore the history and culture of Seoul, a tour of the Five Grand Palaces is a great way to spend a few days.
The Five Palaces are Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace and Deoksugung Palace.