Exploring Traditional Korea

Jindo National Gugak Center located on the hillside of Yeoguisan in Sangman-ri (village), lmhoe-myeon (township), opened in July 2004, has facilities for various performance-related programs, gugak (music of Korea) training, and gugak research.


This course has been thoughtfully crafted in partnership with LBAT Korea. For students aiming to accrue 12 credits in the Summer semester, it is strongly advised to enroll in this course as a precursor to participating in the LBAT Korea program.

In this enriching course, students are afforded the rare chance to immerse themselves fully in the vibrant tapestry of traditional Korean arts, with a special emphasis on its musical heritage for two weeks at Jindo National Gugak Center in Korea. Through comprehensive regional historical and cultural tours encompassing key historical museums and historically significant sites featured in renowned films, students will be transported through the pivotal moments that shaped Korean history for one week.

This course navigates the evolution of Korea from the Three Kingdoms Era right up to 1980, employing an engaging medium of Korean films complemented by melodious soundtracks and original scores from popular dramas. This multi-sensory approach not only fosters a robust understanding of Korea's rich historical narrative but also sets a vivid backdrop for the exploration of famed historical landmarks scattered across the country.


After watching and discussing 29 renowned historical films, students will visit 29 cities, all of which are spatial settings of the films or the actual locations where those films were shot. View map of the study abroad route.
The 29 cities are Seoul, Incheon, Seongnam, Suwon, Yesan, Gongju, Buyeo, Nonsan, Jeonju, Gobu, Jeongeub, Gochang, Gwangju, Naju, Mokpo, Jindo, Suncheon, Namhae, Tongyoung, Hansan, Geoje, Busan, Gyeongju, Hapcheon, Hamyang, Nogeunli, Andong, Wonju, Namyangju.

Host Institution

Jindo National Gugak Center


Participants may stay at some available local housing facilities including hostels, boarding houses, and a dormitory. 


May 11–27, 2024


  • KOR 3813: Exploring Traditional Korea (3 credits)


  • KOR 1002


  • The program fee is $1,500. Lodging, food, and lessons in Jindo are provided by the Korean government for free.
  • Not covered by the program fee or the Korean government:
    • Tuition for 3 credit hours
    • Round-trip airplane tickets

Cancellation Policy

Students canceling before Jan. 15 will lose their $200.00 deposit.
Students canceling after Jan. 15 must pay 25% of the program fee.
Students canceling after Feb. 15 must pay 50% of the program fee.
Students canceling after March 15 must pay 100% of the program fee.

Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure for reasons within its control, all fees paid by participants will be refunded. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants’ safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants.

Informational Meetings

  • Friday, Oct. 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Swann 106
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Swann 320

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Program Contact

Yongtaek Kim

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