Comfortably surrounding South Korea’s capital of Seoul in in the nation’s northeast and spanning a total area of 11,730km², Gyeonggi Province richly rewards its visitors with all kinds of cultural discoveries. From traditional markets and ancient fortresses to fun festivals and unique party venues, corporate incentive groups will find plenty of fun team building activities to keep them entertained and inspired. Below are two recommended one-day tour courses for groups, taking them to either northern or southern Gyeonggi Province.
Course 1: Northern Gyeonggi
(Morning) Imjingak DMZ Walk
Separating North and South Korea, the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) remains one of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions for its powerful history. Among the many tour sites is Imjingak memorial park, containing an observatory where visitors can look directly into North Korea, the remains of a rail bridge that once linked the two countries, along with a steam train that made the journey to bring home stranded POWs in 1953. Nearby Pyeonghwa Nuri Park, meanwhile, celebrates peace and unification, its green hills covered with art installations, multicolored windmills, and bamboo statues all spreading messages of unity. A special tour course of the area is provided by the Gyeonggi Convention Bureau, either on foot or by bicycle, with experience programs including commemorative stamp printing, tying “wish ribbons” for peace, and others.
Total Distance: 7.8-8km. Can be modified depending on the number of participants and time availability
(Afternoon) Paju Camp Greaves Military Experiences
Located near the DMZ, Camp Greaves is a former US military base. Rather than close the base when its function came to an end, it has since been turned into a historic experience site and jumping-off point for various DMZ attractions. In recent years, Camp Greaves has gained new fame as the film set of smash-hit KBS television drama Descendants of the Sun, making it a popular pilgrimage site for hallyu(Korean Wave) fans. Visitors to Camp Greaves can, therefore, try recreating their favorite scenes or immerse themselves in the military base life of this one-time important outpost.
(Night) Dinner at Aqua Planet Ilsan
Cap off the evening with an entertaining dinner party at Aqua Planet Ilsan, an aquarium/marine experience center near the KINTEX convention center. The event space provided, offering seating for up to 150 persons, is enhanced by a large water tank backdrop filled with colorful sea creatures. Gatherings can also take place on Aqua Planet’s balcony, overlooking Ilsan Lake Park and its musical fountain, which regularly displays programmed performances.
Course 2: Southern Gyeonggi
(Morning) Learn How to Deep-fry Korean-style at Icheon Chicken University
Korean-style fried chicken is easily one of the country’s most celebrated dishes among locals and visitors alike, and at Icheon Chicken University, groups will have the opportunity to make their own. The building also contains facilities for meetings and seminars, which visitors can use for gatherings of their choosing.
(Afternoon) Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Traditional Market
Impressive Joseon-era (1392-1920) military stronghold and UNESCO World Heritage site Hwaseong Fortress is a living moment to royal filial piety as well as a shining example of the robust architecture of Korea’s last dynasty. Visitors can also enjoy various martial arts performances, before exploring the sights and wares of neighboring Paldalmun Market – almost as old as the fortress itself. Clothing, bags, and jewelry are among the market’s main specialty items.
(Evening) Everland / Dinner (Fireworks)
Everland is Korea’s most popular fun park. Over seven million people visit the park every year, famed for its high-energy rides, live shows, animal displays, and Caribbean Bay water park. Groups can also make good use of Everland’s 1,000-seat concert hall, “Four Seasons Garden”, and an outdoor event space for more than 2,000 persons. Evening visits are especially worthwhile, for the festive nightlife atmosphere and fireworks, making Everland the perfect, high-energy conclusion to a fun day
Source: Korea MICE Bureau
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