Excursions

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Each Veritas program includes several excursions designed to help students gain a more in-depth cultural and historical understanding of the host country and region. Excursions are included in the program cost and cover ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours. Accommodations and breakfast are included on all overnight excursions. Some excursions may not be available for all terms. Optional excursions may be provided at an extra cost.

 

BUSAN

Optional for some or all sessions
Busan is the second largest city in South Korea and the fifth largest port city in the world. The city is located on the southern tip of the Korean peninsula and is well known for its beaches. Because it attracts so many Korean tourists during the summer, Busan is sometimes called South Korea's "summer capital".
 

BUYEO

Known for its cultural richness, aestheticism as well as its extensive commercial and political ties with China and Japan, Buyeo was the capital of Baekje Dynasty that ruled Korea for 123 years (AD 538 ~ AD 660) until its defeat by the Shilla. There are a lot of cultural and historical sites Buyeo can offer: fascinating Buddhist temples, enchantmenting parks and gardens, the Buso Mountain Fortress that showcases the ancient fortresses covered within wooden-covered paths, the Banwolli Pavilion and the Nakwaam Rock, a rock famous for the legendary tale of 3,000 women who threw themselves to death after the empire was invaded by China.
 

GWANGMYEONG CAVE

ISA students well get a chance to learn more about the history of Korea, by taking a quick day trip outside of Seoul. Created in 1912, during occupation by the Japanese, Gwangmyeong is the only man-made cave in the Seoul area. It was used as a secret route to transport metal goods to help manufacture weapons during occupation. Gwangmyeong was reopened in 2011 as a space to enjoy both cultural and artistic displays, as well as to serve as a reminder of Korea's tumultuous history.
 

JEJU ISLAND

Optional for some or all sessions
The city of Jeju is located on Jeju-do, an island just off of the southern coast of the Korean peninsula. It is a popular tourist destination due to its subtropical climate, natural waterfalls, beautiful mountains, and plethora of recreational activities such as horseback riding, mountain climbing, spelunking, scuba diving, and many others. Jeju is also home to Korea's tallest mountain, Hallasan Mountain, and the famous lava tubes: cave tunnels created by the now dormant volcano that are among the largest in the world.
 

JOINT SECURITY AREA/DMZ

The Joint Security Area is a section of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. The DMZ is occupied by the North Korean military in the north and South Korean and U.S. military forces in the south. The JSA is where the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed by the United Nations and North Korea/China in 1953, which established the DMZ. From 1953 to 1976, both North Koreans and South Koreans could move throughout the JSA. Since 1976, the Military Demarcation Line has been enforced, meaning that South Koreans must stay south of the border between the countries, and North Koreans must stay north of the line.
 

TEMPLE STAY

Within the city of Seoul there are several historic temples, dating back hundreds of years. During a temple stay, students will stay overnight at a temple close to Seoul, learning about Korea's ancient past, while still in the midst of modern-day Seoul.