Schedule of Events
The main Omma Poom Dedication ceremony events will take place on September 10-12, 2018, with some events scheduled for early arrivals. A tentative schedule of events is below, but may be subject to change. You can also participate in tour add-ons, which will take place the remainder of the week. Tour add-ons can be found here.
3:00 - 6:00 pm
Check in, Seoul
Check in available at IBIS Insadong, our Seoul hotel.
Join the Omma Poom team and other tour attendees for dinner. Please note that this will be a casual dinner for individuals who have already arrived in Korea. Attendees will cover the cost of their own meal.
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Optional: Day trip to Choonchun
Journey to Choonchun city, then explore Namisom island and Dumulmeori and Semiwon parks in Yangpyung. Trip includes tour bus, guide, lunch and all entrance fees.
What to Know
Nami Island is an oasis for culture and leisure in peaceful harmony with humanity and nature. After a five-minute ferry ride, guests meet a forest of verdant trees holding up the sky and open grassy areas. Many K-dramas were filmed here.
Dumulmeori means “the head of two waters,” and refers to the starting point of both the Bukhangang River and the Namhangang River.
Semiwon comes from an old proverb that says “one can cleanse his mind by looking at water and enlighten his spirit by looking at flowers.” To further emphasize the idea of literal and figurative cleansing, the park was designed with paths made out of washboards and is decorated with lotus-themed poetry and drawings.
$70 per person
If you're interested in participating in the day trip, simply indicate on your registration form here.
$30 per person (includes transportation, tea/coffee, lunch, and reception)
The tour bus will depart the IBIS Insadong in Seoul for the conference taking place at Seoul National University.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Get more details about the conference here.
The conference is free and open to the public. If you live locally in Korea and would like to attend, please register here.
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Return to Seoul
The tour bus will return the group back to the IBIS Insadong around 7:00pm, arriving by 8:00pm.
$70 per person (includes transportation, tour of Paju, lunch, dinner, snack, and art materials)
The tour bus will depart the IBIS Insadong for Paju.
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Paju Tour & Lunch
Jijihayang (Paju Book City Guesthouse). To book your room, please use our registration form.
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Session, Q&A with KAS
More details here.
3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Panel with birth families
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Group art with birth mothers
All art will be displayed the following day, for the Omma Poom dedication ceremony! Learn more about the art project here. We hope you'll participate and leave your mark on the park.
Dinner, small group gathering
*Please note the tour bus will not return to Seoul on Sept. 11. Most attendees will stay at the Jijihayang Guesthouse in Paju.
The tour bus will depart for the Paju Omma Poom park site.
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Omma Poom Park Dedication Ceremony
This event is open to the public, and all are invited to attend.
If you live locally in Korea, there is no fee to attend the ceremony, but we ask that you register here.
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Lunch & Reception
Following the reception, the tour bus will take the group back to the IBIS Insadong in Seoul.