Korea First Wave

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Korea First Wave

October 22 - November 2, 2025

10 Days

Visit Seoul's Top Destinations

Reconnect with People and Places

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The itinerary for the Korea First Wave trip is still being finalized, as this will be the inaugural trip for this brand-new program. We continue to work to create an unforgettable experience and will provide detailed information as soon as it is available. To stay informed about the First Wave Korea trip and receive updates along with the final information packet, please request information here or email Program Manager Tanya Kaanta

Day 1 - Arrive in Incheon and Welcome Orientation

Day 2 - Agency Visits, Visit Gyeongbok Palace While Wearing Hanbok, and Enjoy Gwangjang Market

Day 3 - Discover the Yongin Folks Village, Namdaemun Market, and Insadong. 

Day 4 - Travel to Gangwon. Visit the Gosung DMZ, Dosung War Museum, and Seorak Mt Gwongeumseong Fortress by cable car and Shinheung Temple

Day 5 - Experience the View of the Ocean by Rail Bike in the Morning. Visit the Cheomseongdae and Seokguram before traveling to Busan

Day 6- 9 - Visit the Hyundai Automobile Factory, Haedong Yonggung Temple, and Ride the Haeundae Blue Line Park Beach Train. Enjoy Free Time in the Afternoon. 

Day 10 - Discover Temple Life, Including a Tea Ceremony, Arts & Crafts, Q&A with A Monk, and Lunch at The Temple. 

Day 11 - Enjoy Time at an International Market, the Jagalchi Fish Market, and the Bupyung (Gangtong) Market Before Traveling Back to Seoul.

Day 12 - While in Seoul, Visit the Yongin University and Enjoy a Taekwondo Demonstration with A Chance to Participate. In the Afternoon, Shop for K-Beauty Products and Enjoy Street Food at Myeongdong. 

Day 13 - Visit the NCRC (National Center for the Right of the Child), Visit Seoul-ro7017 (Highland Park), Namsan Tower.

Day 14 - Spend Time At The Doeksu Palace and Watch the Guard Changing Ceremony. Visit the Chunggae Stream, Gwanghwamun Plaza, and/or the Hangul Museum. Farewell Dinner On A Han River Dinner Cruise.

Travel to Incheon Int'l Airport For The Journey Home and Beyond. 

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Tanya Kaanta

Tanya is a Korean adoptee and former academic. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education with a focus on intercountry adoption, identity formation, emotion work, advocacy, and agency. Prior to Ties, she worked 20 years in higher education supporting students, teaching sociology, and conducting evaluation research. She has spoken at multiple Heritage Camps and first started working with Ties as adjunct staff for Kazakhstan in 2019, where she loved connecting with both adoptees and parents. Along with her husband and teenage daughter, she currently splits her time between Colorado and living abroad, while their son attends college in Colorado.  In her free time you can find her walking along the ocean or reading romance novels.

Please note: Tanya may not travel on every trip.

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