Embark on a captivating exploration of South Korea’s art scene, where traditional and contemporary forms intertwine seamlessly. We have crafted the perfect three-day adventure through Gangwon-do Province, just a stone’s throw away from Seoul. Delve into the region’s rich cultural heritage, witness masterpieces by renowned artists, and immerse yourself in captivating art experiences. From pottery craftsmanship to minimalist architecture and woodblock printing, our itinerary promises to ignite your passion for art and offer a unique glimpse into Korea’s artistic tapestry.
Day 1: Exploring Nogo Gallery and Kim Sy-young’s Black Pottery Begin your journey with a visit to Nogo Gallery, home to the esteemed master potter Kim Sy-young. Discover the fascinating world of black pottery, a traditional Korean art form that has been revitalized by Kim’s mastery. Witness his award-winning creations and learn about his innovative techniques that breathe new life into this ancient craft. Engage in a tea ceremony hosted by the artist’s daughters and savor the warmth of Korean hospitality.
Day 2: Museum SAN – (Space, Art, Nature) a realm where art and nature coalesce at the enchanting Museum SAN. Designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando, this minimalist masterpiece showcases a harmonious blend of architectural brilliance and the changing seasons. Explore the exquisite paper and printing exhibits that span centuries, juxtaposing tradition with contemporary interpretations. Lose yourself in the mesmerizing installations of internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell, where light and space create ethereal experiences.
Day 3: Woodblock Printing and Horim Museum – Immerse yourself in the captivating world of woodblock printing at the Museum of Ancient Asian Woodblock Prints. Marvel at ancient prints from Korea, China, Japan, and beyond, showcasing the evolution of this intricate art form. Engage with the museum’s director and learn the art of carving woodblocks, creating your own unique prints as a cherished memento. Conclude your journey at the Horim Museum, where centuries of Korean cultural art come alive through meticulously curated collections.
For any art enthusiast, unveil the hidden treasures of Gangwon-do Province. Traverse the realms of tradition and innovation, encountering the masterful works of acclaimed artists and discovering the profound cultural significance of each art form. From the remarkable black pottery to the captivating woodblock prints, this three-day journey promises to leave an indelible impression on your artistic soul. Prepare to be enthralled by the rich tapestry of South Korea’s art scene as you delve into the heart of Gangwon-do Province.
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This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.
Suggested preparation : At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake aerobic exercise (this may include jogging, cycling or fast walking) for 30 minutes, three times a week. It is also advised to walk on variable terrain and in variable weather conditions. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week is recommended and for adventures which involve paddling and kayaking, it is important to gain confidence and rhythm rather than speed prior to departure.
This category of tours involve trekking, kayaking and cycling for period of 6 to 8 hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. Ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and also be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel, it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, as well as a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake 45mins – 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week. Some potential exercises that could be beneficial include hill walking with a backpack on over variable terrain and weather conditions, as well as running and cycling dependent on the activity you plan on undertaking.
This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking, cycling or other adventure activities in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day. It is important to note that with the remoteness of some regions comes a variety of other challenges such as variable weather conditions, accommodation as well as facilities. You must have an excellent level of fitness and good health to be able to partake in this category of tour. You must have confidence in your own ability and be in good physical condition. Includes extended periods of endurance.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 to 4 months of strenuous exercise, four times a week. When preparing for treks it would be beneficial to participate in hill walks with a weighted day pack (approximately 5-8 kg) once a week for aerobic fitness and strengthening of leg muscles. It is also important to do this on variable terrain to prepare for challenging adventures. When preparing for cycling adventures, regular bike riding (at least 4 to 5 times a week for 1-4 hours is essential). It is also important to cycle on uneven surfaces or even participate in other aerobic exercises such as running or swimming to build up strength and stamina. Altitude may also be a factor in these tours.
This category of tour often involves extreme trekking, cycling or other extreme adventure activities. It is important to expect remote and poorly defined tracks and to be prepared for variable weather conditions for 10 to 12 hours per day (may sometimes be more depending on weather and altitude). These adventures are suitable for travellers who have prior experience in strenuous travel and activities, are extremely fit and have excellent health. It is also important to note that some of the terrain on these adventures will involve trekking in snow, at high attitude levels and may require technical equipment.
Suggested preparation: It is important to note that physical fitness should be an ongoing activity, commencing around 5-6 months prior to departure, or even before if you have no prior fitness. Exercise should focus on building maximum endurance and stamina. Four to five hard sessions of 40-60 mins per week should be completed and can include exercises such as going to the gym, running, swimming or cycling to focus on building aerobic stamina. It could also be beneficial to prepare by hiking on rough terrain, in extreme weather conditions or partake in altitude training.