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Experience Shamanistic Dance Ritual in the Countryside


After one of the hottest summers on record, the temperatures are finally cooling. ZenKimchi International and Plan EL are organizing a one-day trip for Korean culture, food and dance on Saturday, September 28th.

Leaving from Seoul, guests will venture by bus to Cheongpyeong Lake in Gangwon Province and cross by ferry to Farm Cottage in the Tao Valley. Waiting for them at this idyllic traditional hanok home will be a full Korean lunch followed by a neokjeon shamanistic dance performance by dance master Hye In Sunim.

The neokjeon dance is supposed to comfort spirits, using paper cut-outs to represent people and gods. It is the root of the more conventional salpuri dance. Neokjeon uses subtle religious elements, but it also is appreciated for its drama, entertainment and spontanaeity.

She will teach the guests neokjeon dancing, singing and meditation followed by tea and snacks. The meditation style has been used by monks for centuries. Participation in the dance and meditation is optional.

The cost of the one-day experience is 88,000 won per person. The price includes all transportation to and from Seoul, food and the experience at Farm Cottage. Vegetarian option is available. English interpretation will be provided. The tour can bring a maximum of 46 guests. Sign up at this link or contact us for more information.


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Author: ZenKimchi

Joe McPherson founded ZenKimchi in 2004. He has been featured and sourced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN, KBS, MBC, SBS, Le Figaro, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, The Chosun Weekly, and other Korean and international media. He has consulted for "Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain," The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, the PBS documentary series “Kimchi Chronicles,” and other projects in the UK, Canadan, and Australia featuring celebrity chefs such as Gizzi Erskine and Gary Mehigan. Mr. McPherson has written for multiple Korean and international publications, including SEOUL Magazine, JoongAng Daily, The Korea Herald, Newsweek Korea and wrote the feature article for U.S. National publication Plate magazine’s all-Korean food issue. He has acted as dining editor for 10 Magazine and was on the judging panel for Korea for the Miele Guide. He spoke at TEDx Seoul on Korean food globalization, at TED Worldwide Talent Search on the rise of Korean cuisine, and in New York City on Korean Buddhist temple cuisine. The company ZenKimchi International organizes food tours for tourists and corporations and acts as a media liaison for foreign and Korean media and local restaurants and producers.

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