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Dear Members and Friends of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch

I would like to stress how important the Leader is on our excursions. This month and next we are offering some very special trips with very special leaders. I think you will enjoy them. Please send an email to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us on any of these excursions

Br Anthony
President, RASKB

Many of you will know Peter Bartholomew, our previous President. He has lived in Korea for some 45 years and he knows more about Joseon era buildings than almost anyone in the world. He is offering to lead two excursions in the coming weeks,
both of them among our most famous for the quality of their content. This coming Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 9:00am to 6:00pm he will be taking us to Suwon. Click here to see pictures from a previous trip to Suwon.

Of course, Suwon might not sound very exotic, but it has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. The Joseon period walls are unique in having been designed and built in just a few years in the 1790s under the leadership of one man, Dasan (Jeong Yan-Yong), one of Korea's greatest scholars. They protect a palace built to house the king on visits to his father's grave, but this was no ordinary father and no ordinary king, the story of Prince Sado's death in a rice-chest on the order of the previous king his father haunts the imagination. For more information, please click here.

Then on Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 8:00am to Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 8:00pm Peter Bartholomew will lead our annual overnight visit to Gangneung on the East coast. Largely untouched by the Korean War, Gangneung contains a considerable number of outstanding buildings from the Joseon era, including the complex of buildings known as Seongyo-jang, a complete aristocratic residence where the original family still resides, and where we will spend the night in (luxurious) Joseon style! Along the shores of Gyeong-po Lake there are several beautiful pavilions designed for relaxed enjoyment of the view over the water, where generations of scholars composed poems while drinking wine and listening to music. We might try to imitate them. For full information see here. Pictures from a previous RASKB trip to Gangneung and the East Sea can be found here.

We are also planning some shorter walking tours, for those who prefer brief, intense explorations. Robert Fouser is by now well-known for his love of Seoul's surviving older neighborhoods and he will be taking groups through several fascinating areas in the coming weeks:

On Saturday, September 29, 2012: 1:30-4:30. Prof. Fouser will lead a group through Seochon, the very special area to the West of Gyeongbok-gung, a truly human neighborhood where many simple people live, run shops, and where the residents are trying to maintain humane values against the pressures of consumerism. For more information, click here.

On Saturday, October 6, 2012: 13:00-16:30. he will walk us through Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong, viewing the buildings surviving from older days and evoking the past in this very vibrant area which once housed Seoul National University. Click here for more information.

Finally, on Saturday, October 27, 2012: 13:30-18:00 Dr. Fouser will take us on a stroll through Old Incheon: "A Walk through Korean History since 1876." Chemulpo was the old name for Incheon and it was the port through which many of the early missionaries, diplomats and merchants came to Korea. As we walk through the streets, we will view the many surviving buildings built by the American and British missionaries and businessmen, as well as the Japanese traders and bankers, and we will end our walk among the buildings of the Chinese neighborhood, where many restaurants invite us to linger. Additional information about the tour to Incheon can be found here. Pictures from our last trip to Incheon can be found here.

 

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