AAS-in-ASIA Conference. Asia in Notion:Beyond Borders and Boundaries / 24-27 June, 2017 / Seoul, Korea

Tour Program

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The AAS-in-ASIA is pleased to offer complimentary tour programs through the courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization.
We provide three tour options, one of which you can choose if you would like to participate: (1) DMZ Tour; (2) Hwaseong Fortress Tour; (3) Museum Tour.

  • Participants who would like to participate, please sign-up by filling out the ​following ​form..
  • Tour program sign-up is created in Google ​Doc​s; if ​you have trouble using Google Docs​, please download this form ​and fill it out ​instead. S​end the completed form to the following e-mail address: aas2017@aim-korea.com
  • The result will be notified via e-mail after the sign-up is closed.

Option 1. DMZ Tour (** PASSPORT Required)

Korea as the only country that still remains divided due to the choice of political ideology even after the end of Cold War, DMZ presents an intriguing site for those who are interested in the issues of politics, security, ideology and their impact in people's daily lives.

Links to Lonely Planet DMZ Possible DMZ Activities
  • DMZ tour
  • DMZ tour
  • DMZ tour
  • DMZ tour
  • DMZ tour
  • DMZ tour
  • 09:50

    Meet at City Hall
  • 10:00

    Depart for Paju
  • 11:00

    See around Paju Samneung
    Royal tombs of Queens in Joseon Dynasty based on Confucianism ideology with traditional housing buildings
  • 12:00

    Move to Imjingak
  • 13:00

    Have your own lunch at restaurants in Imjingak park
  • 14:00

    Proceed to The 3rd Infiltaration Tunnel, Dora observatory Dorasan station, Tongilchon village
  • 16:00

    Paju Book City
    Located in Gyoha-eup (Paju, Gyeonggi-do), Paju Book City is a giant cultural complex, belonging to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. It is home to 250 publishers with over 10,000 workers. It covers the entire process of publishing from planning to printing and distribution.

  • 17:00

    Return to Seoul
  • 18:00

    Dismiss at City Hall

Option 2. Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Tour

Designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province is a unique architectural achievement of Joseon Dynasty that integrated King Jeongjo's (r.1776-1800) political aspiration and scientific mind. In its construction, the most advanced science and technology of the time were utilized, including the use of bricks as a building material for the fortress and employment of efficient pulleys and cranes. At the time, the dominant model for building fortresses in Korea was to make a simple wall for the city or town and a separate mountain fortress to which the people could evacuate in times of war. However, this fortress was built to include walls, town centre, four main gates and the defensive fortress equipped with arrow-launching platforms built along ramparts with crenellated parapets and battlements.

As for the political aspect of this architecture, the fortress and its adjoining palace, Hwaseong Haenggung, were commissioned to be built by King Jeongjo with the intent of moving the capital from Seoul to Suwon as part of his political agenda. Though ostensibly King Jeongjo built the fortress to move his father's tomb as the demonstration of filial piety towards his father, it had stronger political undertone. That is, his father was the Crown Prince Sado, one of the most well-known tragic figures in Korean history who was basically killed by his own father, King Yeongjo (r.1724-1776), after being locked up inside the rice chest under the king's order. Though this may appear as a family feud gone wrong, it was in fact the result of him being embroiled in the political strife that was going on among the political factions at the time. To move this Crown Prince's tomb into a new fortress with the intention of moving the capital to the same location was in itself the King's statement to the many existing factions during his reign, even though the plan of transferring the capital never came to fruition.

  • Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Tour
  • Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Tour
  • Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Tour
  • Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Tour
  • Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Tour
  • 09:50

    Meet at City Hall
  • 10:00

    Depart for Suwon
  • 11:00

    Proceed to Hwaseong Haenggung
    -is a small Palace for king's staying in Suwon Hwaseong fortress There are traditional houses and buildings
  • 12:00

    Have your own lunch at restaurants near Suwon Cultural Foundation.
  • 13:00

    Suwon Hwaseong Museum
    to see the palace and fort's construction records, including dioramas of the building process
  • 14:30

    Visit Korean Folk Village
    Korean Folk Village introduces traditional culture from the late Joseon period to both local and international visitors through cultural classes experience, shaman faith, seasonal customs and others. Also, the village shows various places with unique features such as a farming village, private house, official districts, Confucian academy, seodang (village school), and a village street in realistic descriptions, as well as, a nobleman's house and traditional workshop.
  • 17:00

    Return to Seoul
  • 18:00

    Dismiss at City Hall

Option 3. Museum Tour

This museum tour consists of the tour of three major museums in Seoul, which are the National Folk Museum of Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul branch and National Museum of Korea. These three museums are selected to showcase the diverse and multifarious arts, crafts, and culture of Korea from the premodern to modern period and from common people to aristocrats and royal families. This tour will provide a slice of life from the tremendous breadth of art and culture of Korean people, as these museums have the largest and most comprehensive collections in their respective areas of premodern folklore; modern and contemporary art; and premodern art and culture in Korea. Especially, at the last destination of this tour, National Museum of Korea, Prof. Leighanne Yuh, who is the professor of Korean history at Korea University will lend her expertise and be the docent for the tour participants to make the experience richer, more in-depth and more engaging.

  • Museum Tour
  • Museum Tour
  • Museum Tour
  • Museum Tour
  • Museum Tour
  • 09:50

    Meet at City Hall
  • 10:00

    Transfer to National Museum of Korea and Visit the museum
    - the museum displays some 11,000 relics. It is the largest museum in Korea and Houses precious Korean cultural
  • 12:00

    Have your own lunch at restaurants in Insadong
  • 13:30

    Visit MMCA Seoul after lunch
    - This is a new branch of the city's premier contemporary art museum combining architectural elements from several centuries of Seoul history
  • 15:30

    Visit Gyeongbokgung palace and National folklore Museum
    - the most comprehensive and grandest palace where Kings in Joseon Dynasty used to live in 14-18 century.
    - the museum describe the history of the Korean people, peasants and aristocrats' life in the past
  • 17:40

    Move to City Hall
  • 18:00

    Dismiss at City Hall