Tea Ceremony / 3 hours

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Tea Ceremony

Seoul (- - -)
Tea ceremony is an invitation to Korean traditional tea culture. The ritual is really precise. The origin of the Korean tea culture dates back to the 1st century AD with the introduction of tea seeds from India. From early on, Korean Buddhists recognized the tea ceremony as a form of meditation. It was shared not only among Buddhist monks but also among Confucian scholars. The royal court ceremony represents the official tea ceremonies performed at the palace.

Spend the time enjoying the peaceful moment of tea-drinking along with crispy Korean cakes. Central to the Korean approach to tea is an easy and natural coherence, with fewer formal rituals, fewer absolutes, greater freedom for relaxation, and more creativity in enjoying a wider variety of teas, services, and conversation.

Many say that tea should be drunk with the five senses. You hear the boiling water with your ears, smell the tea fragrance with your nose, see the tea color with your eyes, taste the tea with your mouth, and feel the warm tea with your hands. They also say that tea has five tastes. It first tastes bitter, then astringent, then sour, spicy, and finally, sweet. Although a short program, you will be impressed with the subtle touch of the Korean tea culture. In addition, tea ceremony strengthens one's character and discipline, and raise society's moral.

Kimchi Making / 6 hours

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Kimchi Making Korean Folk Village

Seoul - Suwon - Yongin - Seoul (L) 110km

Tour operates in private with minimum 10 persons. No tour on Sundays. Today, you will experience Kimchi making. Kimchi is an absolute necessity in every Korean meal. So thus, a meal without Kimchi is not complete. Enjoy a Kimchi-Making session where you will learn how to make delicious Kimchi. To make Kimchi, you put a mixed stuffing of various vegetables and condiments into the pickled cabbage which was soaked in salt, and spring onion, garlic ginger, and oyster are also used as usual ingredients. After mixing them together, they are put into the spaces between the leaves of a Chinese cabbage evenly and then the whole cabbage is wrapped with the outermost leaf. The cabbage Kimchi is piled in a large earthenware jar for a month. The program includes Kimchi museum, line tour, Kimchi making, and try on a traditional Korean costume (Hanbok). Making Kimchi is not only interesting but an excellent opportunity to understand the Korean culture and dietary life.

After lunch continue on to Korean Folk Village to explore a functioning community displaying the diversity of Korean lifestyle and culture of several centuries ago. Experience the heritage of the Korean people and soak up the local culture.

At village entrance stands an eye-catching Nuseokdan, a stone tower topped by a phallic symbol serving as fertility and protective totem, where people write a wish on the paper and tie to the ropes. On entering the village, you are greeted by goofy looking group of wooden Jangseung signifying village boundary and preventing bad luck.

Today, you will see a wide assortment of residential structures from the straw-thatched cottages of commoners to the 99-room mansions of the noble class as well as governor's office. The village also shows workshops of 20 types where the real artisans and craftsmen dressed in traditional costumes ply their trades, demonstrating centuries-old craftsmanship in the art of pottery, pyrography, bamboo craft, Korean paper, brassware, and many more. While strolling past the houses and workshops one by one, you will get the feeling of walking through time in an ancient village.

Enjoy farmer's music and dance, which has been the beloved form of entertainment of Korean people, bearing testimony to the gregarious character of Korean fun-making and festivity. Jultagi or acrobatics on a tightrope is something you cannot miss. The rope walker executes a variety of acrobatic feats on the rope, along with jokes, mimicry, or songs, while a clown engages the tightrope walker in joking banter, and a team of musicians plays music to accompany the entertainment.

You will also experience some of long-observed seasonal customs, beliefs, folk games or plays that have been comprehensively reflected the daily life of the Korean people. A traditional wedding ceremony is also performed on a daily basis, although it may no longer be explicitly followed.

A traditional marketplace offers the exotic flavors of Korean cuisine from different regions. Shops stock a variety of handicrafts and souvenirs, many of which were made on the premises. With all these features combined, the tour offers a fascinating insight into the unique Korean lifestyle of the days gone by.

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