Sept. 22 - Oct. 1, 2017

Quilting Educator:
Alice Ridge
Alice Ridge

Package Price:
$2,874.00 | Sold Out

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.

Reservations
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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.


PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Round-trip airfare from the U.S.
  • Daily Breakfast & some dinners.
  • First-Class hotel accommodations.
  • Professional guide and Craftours escort.
  • Private deluxe motor coach & driver.
  • Panoramic tour of Seoul.
  • A day at the Korean Folk Village, which showcases ancient Korean life and traditional crafts.
  • A visit to the National Folk Museum.
  • Visiting four of the Grand Palaces.
  • Amazing shopping opportunities at the 5-floor Korean Fabric Market.
  • Visit to the Museum of Korean Embroidery along with the Chojun Textile & Quilt Art Museum.
  • Explore Seoul’s shopping mecca, Myeong-dong Market.
  • Optional tour to the Demilitarized Zone.
  • Traveling & learning with Alice Ridge.

KOREA HIGHLIGHTS:
Korean Folk Village play movie
Set in a natural environment occupying approximately 243 acres, visitors can experience the natural atmosphere reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty, including various household goods from different regions. All these features have been relocated and restored to provide visitors with a broad understanding of Korean food, clothing, and housing style of the past.

About twenty workshops, various handicrafts such as pottery, baskets, winnows, bamboo wares, wooden wares, paper, brass wares, knots, fans, musical instruments, iron wares and embroidery are practiced. In the Korean Folk Village, where the customs and lifestyles of the past generations have been carefully preserved, various lifestyles prevalent during the Joseon Dynasty can be seen.
The Five Royal Palaces play movie
Seoul is home to five royal palaces from the Chosun Dynasty (Gyeongbokgung, Gyeonghuigung, Deoksugung, Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung Palaces). They generally consist of a host of buildings with the throne hall and royal council hall at the center. Behind the throne hall, where major state events were held, are the sleeping quarters, and to the east is the crown prince's residence. A garden at the back of the palace allowed the king and his family to rest from their duties.

Each building was made of wood and featured a tiled roof and multi-color paintings on the pillars and rafters to illustrate the authority and dignity of the king. The premises regularly remain a great getaway from the distant drones of city life that emanate from beyond the elegant enclosing stone walls. The chance to marvel at the magnificent architecture and beautiful framework, learning first-hand from a country so steeped in history, is an opportunity not to be missed.
Museum of Korean Embroidery play movie
The Korean Embroidery Museum, is a place where you can view the artistry of women from the Joseon Period. Embroidery is a picture drawn on leather or cloth using needle and thread. Displayed in this museum are about 1000 works of embroidery by women from the Joseon Period (1392-1910). You can see Buddhist embroideries, cloth wrappers, various cloths, and pleated sheets featuring traditional Korean patterns and colors. It has been at the forefront of letting the world learn about the beauty of traditional Korean embroidery. It also publishes books about traditional embroidering methods.
Dongdaemun Fabric Market play movie
The Dongdaemun Shopping Complex offers something for everyone, especially people who enjoy sewing, quilting, crafting, etc. The 7-story building includes everything a sewer could possible need. Along with fabrics/materials such as burlap, cottons, faux furs, silks, leather, linen, silks, synthetics, wools, etc. the market offers needles, spools, sewing shears, quilting material, handles for making handbags, stuffing for plushies, beads and semi-precious stones to make jewelry, chains, crystals, wire crafts, feathers, sewing machine parts, materials to make watches, and lots more.
The Chojun Textile & Quilt Art Museum play movie
The Chojun Textile & Quilt Art Museum opened with the goals of preserving Korean traditional patchwork quilting techniques, which are gradually being forgotten, and of exhibiting other countries' textile crafts. The Chojun Textile & Quilt Museum in Namsan-dong, central Seoul, is the only museum in Korea that displays local and foreign textile art.

The museum brings together a number of beautiful quilts and other textiles from around the world that embody the love and spirit of the women who created them. These works include Korean traditional personal ornaments, ceremonial dresses, everyday objects, and traditional costumes of the Chinese Miao tribe. The displays of rare foreign quilts and Korean traditional patchwork quilts dating back as far as 100 years have been attracting a continuous flow of quilt aficionados and international tourists.
Myeong-Dong Market play movie
Myeong-dong is one of the busiest places in Seoul and is among Korea's premier shopping destinations. Over 1 million shoppers pass through this area each and every day. Located in the heart of Seoul, Myeong-dong market has been a witness to Korea's tumultuous modern-day history as a center of city politics, economy, and culture. To international visitors, Myeong-dong is a stunning shopping district with countless shops and restaurants. Its wild popularity has led to similar shopping districts springing up all across the country.

WEATHER
The climate of Seoul features a humid continental/subtropical climate with dry winter. Seoul is classed as having a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but temperature differences between the hottest part of summer and the depths of winter are extreme. In summer the influence of the North Pacific high-pressure system brings hot, humid weather with temperatures soaring as high as 35 °C (95 °F) on occasion. For current weather click here.

CURRENCY
The won (KRW) or the Korean Republic Won is the currency of South Korea. A single won is divided into 100 jeon, the monetary subunit. The jeon is no longer used for everyday transactions, and appears only in foreign exchange rates. Click here for a currency converter.

Optional Tours:

Korean Demilitarized Zone play movie
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is the buffer zone between North and South Korea, running across the peninsula roughly following the 38th parallel. It was created by agreement between North Korea, China and the United Nations in 1953. The DMZ is 250 kilometres (160 miles) long, and about 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) wide.

Within the DMZ is a meeting-point between the two nations in the small Joint Security Area (JSA) near the western end of the zone, where negotiations take place.
(Cost of this optional tour is just $78 per person)

Pojagi Projects


Supplies to Bring:
Kits are provided, you will only need to bring general hand sewing items such as small thread scissors, thimble, and needles. We will be working in Korean silk and raime.

TESTIMONIALS:

Jinny Beyer - "I’ve recently returned from a fabulous trip to Indonesia. It was spectacular. Craftours certainly knows how to run a tour. We stayed in a first class resort and took day trips from there. We did lots of sight seeing, sewing and eating the delicious Indonesian food! This is the third trip that I have taken with them. In all of them the accommodations were first class, the organization exceptional and on each trip the local guides that were arranged have been awesome....so much planning, knowledge and information has gone into these trips and I recommend them highly."
Bonnie Hunter - I’ve been honored and blessed to have been traveling with Sew Many Places over the past several years as a teacher, lecturer and as a tour escort. The attention to detail and organization of every aspect of the tours from travel logistics, to lodging, activities and highlights are unsurpassed. Be it a cruise, a land tour or other excursion, be prepared for phenomenal itineraries, first class accommodations, knowledgeable and engaging tour guides, and even fabulous and fun bus drivers (land tour) who will give you the trip of a life time. This is the stuff that travel dreams are made of. These are memories that will last a life time. The folks I have met while traveling with Craftours have become friends for life. There are Sew Many Places to see! There are Sew Many Places to discover!
Kaye England - "I consider myself very lucky to have traveled with Craftours. I have seen China, Italy, Bali, Africa, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and sailed the seas all the while looking at things through a "Quilters Eye". All of the trips have exceeded my expectations with great attention to the details. I have met wonderful people, seen wonderful sites and made a lifetime of memories on our quilting tours. Craftours has a tremendous focus on hotels, food and tour guides which makes the trip memorable for all. I recommend a trip with Craftours as a delightful way to see the world."