Tentative Itinerary (Subject to Change)
Day 1 - Seoul - Arrival
Welcome to Korea. You will be arriving at Seoul/Incheon ICN Airport.
You are responsible for getting to the house on your own. It will cost you from $15 bus/train or $50 taxi
I will help you arrange the best option for you in advance, so you will feel confident about how to get to our house.
Once we are all checked in, we can chill, get to know one another, get familiar with the nearby area, then enjoy a group dinner at the house.
Day 2 - Seoul - Touristy Stuff
After getting up and having a light breakfast at the house, we will explore the palaces and surrounding historic areas in the center of Seoul.
Instead of long, boring narrated tours, we will simply walk, pause, and explore these beautiful sites at our own leisure. Even then, this will be a lot of walking - wear comfortable shoes! Actually, wear comfortable shoes every day in Korea.
We will have lunch at a nearby area known for traditional Korean style architecture, surrounded by shops and restaurants that retains the old Korea vibe. After lunch, you are welcome to explore the area at your leisure on foot or return to the house for some rest, since the jetlag will definitely start kicking in.
Dinner time we will venture out again to either Myungdong or Han River area for more exploring and street food dinner
Day 3 - Seoul - Spiritual Day
Early morning we will visit a local temple in Seoul for some personal spiritual time. You are welcome to explore and find a quiet corner to meditate or pray. We will spend a good 1-2 hours there.
In the afternoon, I will have some activities planned to experience and get familiar with Korean shamanism.
For evening, we may head out to Kwang Jang Market - this is the place of the famous street food market (but it's actually indoors) you see on Netflix and Instagram. This is the market also famous for inexpensive Korean traditional Hanbok, in case you'd like to shop for some for your own personal use for ritual use.
Day 4 - Seoul - Another Spiritual Day or Free Day.
This day can be a totally free day for you to explore Seoul. Or those who want to join me, we will visit Ganghwa where there is an mountaintop altar believed to have been used by our ancestor Dangun to perform ritual to the heaven and also a cool museum with replica and cultural artifacts from the bronze era of our ancestors including.
Day 5 & 6 - Trip to Busan or Gyeongju (based on the participants' wish, we will choose one of the two cities)
Busan is the second-largest city in Korea with beautiful beaches and a different vibe from Seoul. We will take the train to Busan (2.5 hours), check in at an oceanfront hotel. Next day, we will explore the sites curated by me, including Yonggungsa Temple with the most amazing ocean & rock view, a meal at the Jagalchi fish market, and walk down the eclectic Gamchon Cultural village.
Gyeongju is a beautiful city that used to be the capital of Silla dynasty. It is also my paternal ancestral land so it’s my personal favorite. You will get an opportunity to experience the culture and magic of the old-old Korea, almost thousand years before, where queens ruled, Hwarang existed, Shamanism & Buddhism thrived before Confucianism, and so many beautiful and fun places to explore.
Day 7, 8, 9 Jeju Island
Whether we stay in Busan or Gyeonju, we will make sure to rise early to see the sunrise from the East Sea.
Then we will take a flight to Jeju Island, the most magical and beautiful island of Korea.
Jeju is called to be the land of mythology and the island of goddesses. This is the area where traditional shamanic magic, folklore, and customs are preserved the most. Feel into the energy of the land and the people to help you connect and expand also.
We will visit some known nature sites of Jeju, visit some remaining Korean shamanic shrines, and soak up the magic of Jeju.
One could stay a week, even a month here to explore the magic of Jeju island, but since our time will be limited, we will return to Seoul on Day 9.
Day 10 - Seoul - Free Day & Goodbye dinner.
Last day to catch up on activities or shopping or spiritual experience you didn't get to experience fully in Seoul.
So many activities to choose from - K beauty shopping, Jjimjilbang experience, getting a Shaman or Tarot or Saju reading done, hiking, food tours...
Special goodbye gathering and dinner at some cool place.
Day 11 - Departure Day