(Confirmed) Korea's Native Faiths and Gods - A Waking Tour

Sunday, November 19, 2017 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Downtown Northern Seoul
20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Jun Y.K. Shin


 Korea's Native Faiths and Gods - A Walking Tour

Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Departure: We will meet to begin the tour at 10:00am at City Hall Station (시청역), station #132, Blue line #1 and Green line #2, on the top of the stairs of Exit #3 (outside).
End of the tour is planned for around 3pm.
Destination: Anglican Church of Korea (대한성공회), Imperial Temple and Altar of Heaven (Hwangudan, 환구단), the original site of Jeongnueng Royal Tomb (정릉터) & Kwangtong Bridge (광통교), Bosingak Pavilion (보신각), The Central Temple of Chondogyo (천도교중앙대교당), a shamanistic shrine, a protective old tree, Jogye Temple(조계사), the National Folk Museum of Korea(국립민속박물관)
Cost: W20,000 for RASKB members and W25,000 for non-members (Lunch is not included in the price of this tour)
Tour Leader: (experienced guide) Jun Y.K. Shin        

Traditionally Koreans have followed Buddhism and Confucianism as their two main religions. However, in addition to these two traditions, there has existed a variety of faiths, beliefs and gods whom Koreans have worshiped and enshrined.

The goal of this excursion is to introduce some of Korea’s unique gods, as well as localized and indigenous faiths in our urban surroundings.
After looking around the Anglican Church of Korea (대한성공회) and the original site of Jeongnueng Royal Tomb, we will move to the Imperial Temple and Altar of Heaven (Hwangudan 환구단) near the Chosun Hotel. Hwangudan Altar was the place where the Daehan Emperor, Gojong performed sacrifices to Heaven. Through this visit, we will better understand the principle of Cheonwonjibang (천원지방, Heaven is round and Earth is square) and this octagonal shaped building.

On the way to Insa-dong (인사동), we will walk along Cheonggye stream (청계천) and visit a special place under the Kwangtong Bridge (광통교). The first stone bridge was rebuilt from remaining stones of folding screen at original Jeongneung Royal Tomb (정릉). After that, we will visit Bosingak Pavilion (보신각), close to the original Kwangtong Bridge. Bosingak Pavilion is the center of the God of Five Directions and here we can understand the principle of YinYang Five Elements (음양오행).

Next, we will drop by the Central Temple of Chondogyo (천도교중앙대교당), as well as find a Shamanistic Shrine and a fortune-reading cafe. Nowadays it is not easy for people to find shamanistic shrines in downtown Seoul. In addition, the leader will make an explanation of all creation’s sprits such as old trees and animals at a protective old tree (a Chinese scholar tree, 회화나무) in Insa-dong.

After lunch, Mr. Shin will lead to Jogye Temple (조계사), the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, to be located in central Seoul. In the temple he will explain the history of Korean Buddhism and some distinct characteristics of the temple.

At the National Folk Museum of Korea (국립민속박물관), we will take a look around the variety of objects on Korean folk beliefs such as Sotdae (솟대), Jangseung (장승), stone piles (돌탑), and stone sculptures of sexual organs, which were frequently found at traditional villages in the past. We will also see a memorial gate and stone for the filial piety (효자문/효자각) from Buan county, and statues of civil officials (Muinseok), a stone tablet, an epitaph to be discovered near tombs, as well as a replica of tomb.

Please be sure to check back to here on the RASKB web site on Thursday, November 16, to see whether we are confirming or cancelling this walk. 

To register, click here - or email the below RSVP information below to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com by Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Please wait for a confirmation before making a payment.         



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