[confirmed] Visit to the House of Sharing

Date: 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Destination(s): 
House of Sharing
Cost: 
20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members

Join the RAS as we take an emotional journey to the House of Sharing, the home of living comfort women who were forced to become sex-slaves during World War II.

The House of Sharing was first built in Mapo-Gu, Seoul, in October of 1992, through funds raised by Buddhist organizations and various socio-civic groups. In 1995, the house, after being moved to several different locations within Seoul, was moved to its present location in Twoichon-myon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do. In the spring of 2016 eight former comfort women—the more preferred term being “grandmothers”—resided in the house. These women are assisted by five full-time staff members, but as their health is compromised by the brutalities of their stolen youth and aging processes in general, we may or may not be able to meet and interact with one of two of the women who are still capable of meeting visitors.

The House of Sharing is a compound containing 2 dormitories, an office building, a temple and training education office, a historical museum as well as stupas of women from the House of Sharing who died waiting for an apology. Volunteers run guided tour programs at the museum—an information archive of the dark history—and inform visitors about the history of women used as sex slaves by the Japanese during WWII.

Since apologies are not forthcoming, the two greater purposes of the House of Sharing is to provide a home for the “grandmothers” and to be a center of education for the sharing of an accurate history on the brutalities which the Japanese inflicted on women in WWII.

The “grandmothers” are a rare piece of living history, and visits are often emotional. And yet, meeting these remarkable women one can not but get a sense of hope at the resilience of the human spirit.
Citations:

http://www.nanum.org/eng/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Sharing
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-korea/gyeonggi- do/sights/museums-galleries/house-sharing

Meet the group at Exit 1, Gangbyeon Station [강변역] on line 2 (green line) of the Seoul Metro.

Register by Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017. 

To register, click here OR fill in the following information and send to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com.

To: RAS-KB
PLEASE RESERVE SPACE ON THE HOUSE OF SHARING EXCURSION, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017 :

NAME: ____________________________________ MEMBER:________ NON-MEMBER:___

NAME: ____________________________________ MEMBER:________ NON-MEMBER:___

PHONE NO. (MOBILE) ______________________ (OFFICE / HOME) ____________________

☞Upon confirmation, wire transfer to the following account: SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
왕립아세아학회한국지부
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 5 but we are short staffed and there are meetings elsewhere often: please call or email before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796
Email - royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

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