2015 Summer Trip to Korea

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Eighth Annual Summer Trip to Korea:
A Cultural and Performing Arts Experience

 

KPAC of New York (Korean Performing Arts Center), is proud to announce registration is now open for its Eighth Annual Summer Trip to Korea: A Cultural and Performing Arts Experience. This trip, designed for Korean adoptees centers on learning traditional Korean performing arts and discovering the richness of Korean culture from its people, its food and its history.

On this two and a half week trip, students from middle school through college age will participate in an intensive performance workshop at The National Center for Korean Namdo Performing Arts in Jindo, South Korea. Located at the foot of the Yeogwisan Mountain, the center is renowned for its role in preserving and perpetuating the heritage of traditional Korean music and dance in this southern Korean province through music performances, cultural experiences and musical studies. Under the direction of master instructors, students will learn traditional instruments such as changgo, buk and gayaguem. Your stay in Jindo will culminate with performing on stage at the center.

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About The Trip
Cost*: Call us for details
Deposit Due: $500 per person, February 28, 2015
Balance Due: $2000 per person, April 15, 2015
Trip Dates: 8/1/15-8/18/15
Enrollment: Ends 4/15/15
Minimum Age: 12 years old
*The fee includes the international portion of your flight (from JFK), lodging in Korea, meals, lessons, admission fees to tour sites, local guides, and tour ground transportation fees. Tour members are responsible for transportation to and from JFK, and personal expenses (including, but not exclusive to, shopping, telephone charges, etc.).

For those outside of the New York Tri-State area we can assist with lodging and transportation.


 

Here are the next steps to making this an experience
you will always treasure:

  • Complete this Google Form to sign up for the trip.
    2015 KPAC Summer Trip Form (must be completed for each family member)
  • Submit $500 Deposit for each family member participating by February 28, 2015 to: Korean Performing Arts Center: 142 West 49th Street, New York, NY  10019
    (Make checks payable to: Korean Performing Arts Center – memo: Summer Trip)
  • We will hold an initial orientation in March.  Date and place to be announced!

 

Itinerary:
Saturday, August 1: Arrive at JFK Airport for Check In –
Sunday, August 2: Depart Early AM from JFK
Monday, August 3: Arrive at Incheon Airport, Incheon, Korea. Depart by bus to Jindo. Monday-Friday: Lessons at the Namdo Center, teach English class to local children, cultural exploration
Monday-Friday (Adults): Cultural expeditions First Friday Evening: Attend performance at the Center featuring instructors
Saturday & Sunday: Tour Jeolla Namdo Province; Temple Stay at Ssanggyesa Temple Second Friday: Perform Salmunori in Friday Performance at the Center
Saturday, August 15: Depart for Seoul Early AM – Site seeing along the way
Sunday – Monday: Touring/shopping in Seoul and surrounding area
Tuesday, August 18: Depart for United States

While in Jindo:
To get a true perspective of native Korea, mid-week and weekend expeditions are planned in addition to studies at the Jindo Gugak Center. Places of interest in Jindo and the Jeolla Namdo Province include: Buddhist temple stay, Jindo Sea Way, Jindo Dog Training Center, Admiral Lee’s battle front, pottery studios, salt mines, mud flats, native villages and green tea farms.

While in Seoul:
After two weeks in Jindo, the group will depart for Seoul with several stops along the way to explore other places in Korea Shopping in Insa-dong, Myeong-dong and Namdaemun markets, visits to the National Assembly, Gyeongbokdoung Palace, trips to a Korean Folk Village, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, and Namhansan, and Namhansan Mountain Fortress.

Trip Sponsors
Korean Performing Arts Center
Camp Friendship NJ
The National Center for Traditional Namdo Performing Arts
Korean Air
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism – Republic of Korea
Korean Cultural Services
Jeollonam-do Division of Tourism

About Korean Performing Arts Center
Korean Performing Arts Center (KPAC) is an artist group dedicated to preserving, cultivating and disseminating traditional Korean cultural arts in the United States. Located in the heart of Korea Town, its members consist of individuals and professionals of the Korean traditional music and dance from the New York Korean-American community dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding and appreciation of Korea artistic heritage and history. The association founded in 1986 as the Korean Traditional Arts Community. Along with growing community support, the association later adopted its official name, Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association in 1990. In 1993, they were formally recognized by the State of New York as a non-profit organization, and since 1998, it has been receiving annual grants from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

About Camp Friendship NJ
Camp Friendship was founded in 1984 by the parents of Korean adopted children in order to provide a cultural experience for their children. They believed that such an experience would enhance their children’s self-esteem while building a sense of national pride in their heritage and its traditions. Camp Friendship operates a one-week day camp during the summer for Korean-born adoptees and their siblings entering grades Kindergarten through eighth grade. Camp is held during the third week of each July and takes place at the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling, NJ. Classes include: traditional drumming and dance, traditional and modern music, art, folk lore, brush painting, language, cooking and tae kwon do. Its instructors include professionals from the Korean American community and exchange students from Hankuk Academy in the Republic of Korea.

For further information and to sign up for the trip,
contact us at: koreatrip@kpacnyc.org or
212-921-9344 or lynboc@gmail.com or 862-216-0304