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Holt Alumni Tours


Participants: This tour is designed specifically for Korean adult adoptees to visit Korea as a group–to share the commonality of their adoption experience as they return to the land of their birth. Recognizing that those who now share our lives also benefit from sharing our early beginnings in Korea, adoptees are welcome to bring their spouse, partner, adult children, adoptive parents, siblings, or other significant friends or loved ones age 21 and older.

Adoption Heritage: A special part of the tour is visiting the Holt office and Reception Center in Seoul. We will visit the Post-Adoption Department where adoptees can see their adoption file, go to Holt’s Ilsan Center where the work of Holt began and enjoy a casual Korean BBQ in the countryside with Molly Holt and the residents of IlSan. The trip includes a visit to a Maternity and Child Care center where you will meet birth moms and children in Holt’s care. Dr. Byung Kuk Cho, the Holt pediatrician who provided medical services and pre-flight physicals to thousands of adoptees from the early 1960’s – 1990’s is joining parts of the tour to be available to answer questions and tell wonderful stories of her many years working with children. Her amazing spirit and dedication is an inspiration to everyone she meets. (If you were adopted from Holt Korea, look on your child intake material to see if she was your pediatrician)

Tour Highlights: The itinerary is a mix of Korea culture, heritage and our own adoption heritage. You will have time to explore on your own and with new friends. The Somerset hotel is located in the Insadong district of Seoul, which is filled with galleries, tea houses, shops and restaurants. On the weekends the main street is closed to traffic and there are often street festivals and music. Sightseeing activities will include traditional Korean Folk Village, the National Palace, Seoul City tour, Chunggyechun water-walk, the tower at Namsan Tower, Panmunjeom (DMZ), local markets, shopping districts and much more.


*courtesy of Sarah Neumayer


The first 30 individuals will be accepted as tour participants and anyone number 30 and after will be assigned to a waiting list.  Final payment of the balance on the tour cost is due no later than April 1, 2013.

Land package per person for shared double room:               $3,000.00

Land package per person for single room:                            $3,500.00

Included in Tour Cost/Land Package:

Airport shuttle and ground transportation, in-country travel, hotel with breakfast, sightseeing entrance fees, tour guides and tips, and most meals.

Not Included in Tour Cost:

International airfare, additional or optional tours and admissions, items of a personal nature such a laundry or telephone calls, passport costs, alcoholic beverages, hotel maid and porter gratuity, or anything else not specifically in official tour itinerary.

For more information and questions please contact Courtney Young at or 541-687-2202.

Holt Alumni Fall Tour to Korea October 2013

Final dates are pending and will be sent out shortly.  Please contact Courtney Young for more information at or 541-687-2202.


2 comments to Holt Alumni Tours

  • Jan Knox

    Hello….I adopted my son through Holt in 1976….he was three at the time. How can I obtain his adoption record? Back then, it was not provided. Thank you…..

  • Lisa

    Hi Jan,

    I was adopted in 1974 at age 5. My sister and I came together with our records. Did your son come with any record at all like his birthplace, birth mother or orphanage? If you knew the orphanage that may be a good start. I was able to get some of my Korean record because I had my birthmother’s name.

    Even social work papers might help. Do you know your son’s Korean name?
    The system can be frustrating, I know! I wish you luck!


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