David A. Mason is a Michigan-born professor of Korean Cultural Tourism at Sejong University, Seoul Campus, and a longtime researcher on Northeast Asian History and the religious characteristics of Korea's mountains. He offers vivid tours with deep contextual insight and fascinating details, telling many old stories relevant to the sites, with warm humor. He has been an academic in South Korea since 1986, and also served as a consultant for the national Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism and the United Nations World Tourism Organization for five years. He was appointed the national Honorary Ambassador of the Baekdu-daegan Mountain Ranges in 2011. Mason earned a Masters' Degree in the History of Korean Religions from Yonsei University in 1997. He has authored and edited ten books on Korean culture and tourism, including 'Spirit of the Mountains' about Korea's traditions of sacred mountains, the 'English Encyclopedia of Korean Buddhism', and 'Solitary Sage: The Profound Life, Wisdom and Legacy of Korea’s ‘Go-un’ Choi Chi-won'. He has published many articles in academic journals and popular magazines, and has frequently been interviewed on various mass-media. His popular website on sacred Korean mountains and mountain-spirit traditions can be found at www.san-shin.org.
Maria is currently a PhD student majoring in Korean History and Culture. Born in Romania, she has lived abroad for more than 8 years, in France and Korea, and she is proficient in 4 foreign languages. After finishing her Master's Degree in Marseille (France) majoring in Korean Art History, she came to Korea in 2013 and started working with the Korean National Federation of UNESCO and as an instructor and guide. She loves Chinese characters, Asian calligraphy (Korean and Chinese) and she is particularly interested in Korea’s religious diversity. Her academic background offers a special insight over the city - being able to provide the clients with fascinating stories about Seoul and its palaces, Korean kings and queens and the fengshui mysteries of its location. She is also passionate about world heritage and the ways to preserve it.
Evan's curiosity for food started when moved out of his parents home, aged 19 and was forced to prepare and cook and test out recipes for the first time in his life. He learnt a host of Korean recipes during this time, before embarking on a journey in creating his own travel company. With this business, he met many foreigners and chefs who both inspired and advised him on how to prepare foreign food. With this in mind, he has since taken cooking classes and endlessly watched YouTube tutorials, cooking shows and competitions. He currently works on introducing Korean food and food culture to foreigners by hosting supper clubs and giving food tours. He enjoys tasting different food from restaurants and markets, trying to discover their ingredients and ways of cooking.
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