Korea Heritage Journeys
Korean Ties- Our Flagship Program
June 27-July 10, 2015
June 25-July 8, 2016
Korean Ties Lite
June 27-July 7, 2015
June 25-July 5, 2016
KOREAN TIES HIGHLIGHTS –
Our Flagship Program
- Arrive in Seoul, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to the hotel. Korean Ties families tend to stay in moderate to deluxe hotels, where after a day out experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights and sounds, families can relax.
- Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
- Explore Seoul, including Gyeongbok Palace, the Blue House, Chongyecheon Riverwalk, and Dongdaemun (Eastgate) Market where you will experience this traditional market, and, if you’d like, shop for a hanbok!
- Visit the Korean Folk Village, an interactive, open-air museum of folklore and customs, and Hwaseong Fort in Suwon.
- Enjoy time at the Korean social service agency your family worked with, Holt Children’s Services, Eastern Social Welfare Society (formerly Eastern Child Welfare Society), Social Welfare Society, and/or Korea Social Services.
- The Ties Program will assist with family requests and arrangements to meet foster mothers, caregivers, and orphanage staff, as well as visit significant places related to your adoption. Birth family searches and reunions are also sometimes a possibility, and the Ties Program will assist with this, too.
- An experience that is truly healing for both you, as visitors, and the women you will meet, is a visit at a maternity home where expectant women live as they explore the options for the future of their children. Here you will have the chance to meet and dialog.
- Drive through the countryside to Mt. Sorak National Park, where you’ll explore this beautiful park and ride a cable car to the highest peaks for breathtaking views.
- A relaxing ride from Seoul will lead you to Busan, the second largest city in South Korea and full working port city. While in Busan, you will tour the city, visit the colorful Jagalchi Fish Market, shop at the International Market, and visit at an orphanage to play with the babies and children there.
- With your hotel directly on the beach of Haeundae Bay, take time to enjoy the sun and sand, while sharing family time with Korean families from the area. Or, join other Korean Ties families for a day trip to Gyeongju (prior capital of the Silla dynasty and World Heritage site), famous for Tumuli Park, Bulguksa Temple and Sokkuram Grotto.
- Board the high-speed KTX train traveling through scenic hills, valleys and rice paddies on your way back to Seoul, with stops in Daegu and Daejeon on route for families with requests there.
- Fly to Jeju Island and explore the “Hawaii of Korea.”
- Each family will have the opportunity to visit with a Korean family in their home, a great “people experience,” making Korea feel more real and personal. To add to these “people experiences” you will also enjoy a school visit—making new friends and learning about school activities in Korea.
- All programs allow for “free” time so families can explore areas of special interest, shop, have additional contact with significant people, etc.
KOREAN TIES LITE
Many of our programs will be offered as traditional Ties Programs, and in some countries (Korea included), will include a Ties Lite option. It will give you all of the advantages of traveling with a Ties Program, but a shorter stay, lowering your costs. You will receive information on Korean Ties and Korean Ties Lite when you request information.
So who is Next Gen Korea for?
The Next Generation of adoptees is here, moving into and through adulthood, with a whole new set of needs. The need to experience their birth country at a different level. The need to connect on an everyday level, to people with whom they share a common heritage. The need to share their birth country with the new people in their lives (significant others, spouses, children and close friends), as well as with others (parents, siblings, grandparents) in their lives—all who have honored them. And in some cases, the need to reconnect or try to connect with birth family.
Next Gen Korea has been created with these realities in mind.
While on a Next Generation journey, you will be in the care of an adult adoptee, a Next Gen Ties staff member, and a wonderful English speaking Next Gen Korean guide. Staff will be geared toward YOUR generation, your needs, your dreams.
Next Gen Korea travelers will see Korea through a new lens. They will take in a 4D movie Korean style, eat chicken at a baseball game (no hotdogs there!), have a street food adventure, take drumming and cooking classes, and stay a night or two in a traditional Korean Hanok (wooden house) or do a temple stay. Yes, you’ll sing (or shout) a little at a noreabang too. And, you’ll have a chance to visit your social service agency, and do adoption related visits if you’d like. The Next Gen Team will help you with all the details.
PRIVATE OR SEMI-PRIVATE TRAVEL
While we believe strongly in the support a group provides, we know there are times when individual family travel is a better fit. We are happy to work with individual families or small groups of families. Please email us your request.