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History major graduates have joined forces to open a tour agency called 'Travel Story' which can be contacted at (02) 738-5900. Their tours are conducted 'with a sage's wisdom.'
The agency offers a 30-page 'field guide' to their travelers about their destination. There are guidebooks intended for young travelers (pre-college) as well as ones for their adult clientele. The young traveler's guidebook allows for studying and touring at the same time and has blanks to fill in about sites visited.
'Travel Story' began publishing their series of history tours, appropriate for both parents and children, at the beginning of this year.
The tour company visited the ancient cities of Kyungju and Puyo in January and February, and they are planning tours to other sites such as the Tanyang area in Chungbuk (March 25-26) which was a historic area of contention during the Koguryo, Paekche, and Shilla periods. They will also conduct a tour to Kanghwa Island (April 16) where royal armies from the Koryo era clashed with invading Mongol hordes.
The historical tour agency has progressed from its humble origins, the 'Historical travel on 700 won' evening lecture series on sites and places of interest to the historically inclined. But, even with the actual touring of sites, the company still conducts these lecture nights where one can hear tales about the ancient palaces of Seoul. For the discounted 700 won admission fee to the site, lectures given by 'Travel Story' are free. Also with a maximum of 20 attendees for any tour, early bookings are suggested. For more information visit their homepage at 'www.travelstory.co.kr.'

by Kwon Hyuk-ju

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