Fall 2019 Korea Tour
Fall 2019
Korea Tea & CulinaryTour

Tea has been an integral part of Korean life and culture, steeped in 2,000 years of rich history, tradition and philosophy. Despite being one of the earliest tea-originating countries, Korea's tea and tea culture have remained largely unknown to the western world, especially in comparison to its neighboring countries. Whether you are a seasoned tea professional or are just beginning your tea journey, this 8-day immersive tour should not be missed.

 

Join us this fall for a special opportunity to travel to Korea on a Fall Tea & Culinary Tour led by Tea Master Yoon Hee Kim - a pioneer recognized for introducing Korea's tea and tea culture to American tea professionals and tea enthusiasts. Discover rare, authentic gems as you learn about the rich history and culture of Korea with an intimate group of fellow tea and food enthusiasts.  Although the tour will include visits to historical and cultural sites as they relate to tea studies, this is an educational & tea sourcing journey and not a sightseeing tour.

  

Itinerary in Brief:

 

Day 1 - October 28th (Monday), Arrive in Seoul

  1. Arrive in Seoul, check into hotel

  2. Welcome Introductions and Tour Overview

  3. Intro to Korean Tea/ class

  4. Dinner

  5. Evening Tea Time

 

Day 2 - October 29th (Tuesday), Travel south to Boseong

  1. Breakfast & check out of hotel

  2. Travel south to Boseong; Lunch en route

  3. Tea time at traditional Hanok teahouse

  4. Organic tea farm, factory & education center/ class, tea tasting & tour

  5. Check into lodging *time permitting, visit another nearby tea farm

  6. Dinner

  7. Visit tea potter’s kiln & studio, or take an evening soak at the Green Tea Bath House Spa

 

Day 3 - October 30th (Wednesday), Boseong

  1. Breakfast

  2. Tea plantation tour, tea tastings with resident master tea maker

  3. Return to Tea & Food Education Center for a 3-part hands-on tea experiential class

  4. Lunch break, during the day’s class

  5. Boseong Tea Museum

  6. Tea time, tea room visit, overlooking the singularly most photographed tea fields of Korea

  7. Dinner & Evening Free Time

 

Day 4 – October 31st (Thursday), Haenam /Gangjin / Gwangju

  1. Breakfast & check out from lodging

  2. Travel to Haenam, near Land’s End

  3. Tour organic tea farm & cultural center, tea & herbal tisane tastings, a brief lecture & discussion.  Our visit here will conclude with a special treat of traditional Pansori singing

  4. Visit near-600 year old cultural heritage site & tea field

  5. Visit one of two historic area temples with important ties to Korean tea history.

  6. Travel to Gwangju; En route, will drive by the largest tea estate on the mainland *time permitting, stop for a quick visit.

  7. Check into hotel; Dinner & Evening Free Time

 

Day 5 – November 1st (Friday), Gwangju / Hadong

  1. Breakfast & check out of hotel.

  2. Visit local tea potter’s studio; morning tea & lecture on Korean tea ware and pottery.

  3. Travel to Hadong

  4. Lunch

  5. Visit modern-style tea room & tea/ tea ware shop

  6. Head to Tea Education Center; class on Hadong area teas, tea tastings & hands-on ddeokcha making.

  7. Check into lodging.

  8. Dinner & Evening Tea

 

Day 6 - November 2nd (Saturday), Hadong

  1. Breakfast

  2. Walking/ gentle hiking tour of the area to enjoy both the wild-grown hillside tea bushes & the low-lying tea fields along the river

  3. Tour Hadong Wild Tea Museum, meet with representatives

  4. Lunch

  5. Tea Experiential Station; Tea steeping class

  6. Visit artisanal tea maker, tea tastings & discussion

  7. Dinner & Evening Free Time

 

Day 7 - November 3rd (Sunday), Damyang / Seoul

  1. Brekfast & check out of lodging

  2. Travel to Damyang *time permitting, quick visit to CheonJinAm hermitage, home of Ven. Jeong Kwan Seunim & surrounds for Fall colors & persimmons

  3. Traditional tea house, tea tasting & opportunity to practice what was learned during the two tea steeping classes

  4. Lunch

  5. Imagining a bygone era; Our own Afternoon Tea Service at a traditional outdoor pavilion 

  6. Return travel to Seoul

  7. Check into hotel

  8. Dinner & Evening Free Time

 

Day 8 – November 4th (Monday), Seoul

  1. Breakfast

  2. Morning class and Tour Review

  3. Check out of hotel for those leaving on this day

  4. Lunch

  5. Afternoon Tea, Closing ceremony

 

* Daily itineraries are subject to change, with or without advance notice.  Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

 

If interested in registering for the tour, please contact us for tour price and a more detailed Tour Information & Itinerary.

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