Gangjin: Land of Exile (cancelled)

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:00am to Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 8:00pm
Gangjin, etc. in Cholla Nam-do
W200,000 members; W225,000 non-members
Tour Leader: 
Brother Anthony
Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch

Gangjin: Land of Exile


In 1653, a Dutch ship on its way to Japan was wrecked on the coast of Jeju Island. Almost 40 sailors survived. The Koreans were unwilling to allow them to leave and they remained as virtual prisoners until 1666, when a small group managed to escape to Japan. One of them, Hendrick Hamel, then wrote a report about Korean society. This was the first reliable information about Korea to be published in Europe. During their final years in Korea, some of the Dutch sailors lived in Byeongyeong, a naval fortress in a village close to Gangjin in Jeolla province. The Dutch have recently erected a Dutch windmill and a statue to commemorate Hamel’s stay there.

Gangjin is also the place where Dasan Jeong Yak-yong, one of Korea’s greatest scholars, spent 18 years in exile in the aftermath of the anti-Catholic persecutions of 1801. He himself had ceased to practice Catholicism but his brothers were leading members of the Catholic community in Seoul and were martyred in 1801. Suffering from poor food, Dasan realized that wild tea was growing nearby and developed a new method of tea-drying and drinking. This he later taught to a Buddhist monk who became his close friend, the Ven. Cho-ui.

Leaving Seoul, we will first drive down to Muui-sa temple at the foot of beautiful Mount Weolchul-san, in South Jeolla province, not far from Mokpo. This is a long drive. Please bring water and a packed lunch or use a rest-stop to buy something to eat on the bus during the journey. The soaring, rocky mountain itself is the place where the Ven. Cho-ui went with Dasan on picnics from Gangjin. We will visit the temple, which dates from quite early in the Joseon era and is noted for its fine mural paintings. 

From there we will drive down to Haenam and visit beautiful Daeheung-sa temple, where the Ven Cho-ui lived for much of his life, building a small hermitage, Ilchi-am, above it in 1828. We will see the stupa containing the ashes of the Ven. Cho-ui, and visit the main temple. If time permits, we will also visit the nearby birthplace of the famous scholar Yun Seon-Do (1587–1671), a member of a very talented family. A fine modern museum houses many paintings and other relics.Then we will drive to Gangjin for supper and spend the night there.

After a Korean breakfast, we will visit the home of thepoet Kim Yeong-Nang (1903-1950), best known for his poem about the peony. We will also see a reconstruction of the poor inn where Dasan spent the first years of his exile. We will then walk up the fairly steep woodland path to the Dasan Chodang (Dasan's main dwelling during his exile), and along a mountain path (800m) to Baengyeon-sa (White Lotus Temple). Any who cannot walk so far can stay with the bus instead of climbing up to the Dasan Chodan. We will then visit Gangjin’s celadon museum and shops. In the Goryeo period the celadon pottery produced here was greatly celebrated.

After lunch, before setting off for Seoul, we will visit Byeongyeong, the place where Hamel and his companions spent several miserable years in the 17th century and (if time permits) the nearby Borim-sa temple.

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Our bus will leave at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, from the Yongsan Post Office (Subway, Line number 4, blue line, Sinyongsan Station #429, exit #1). The return is slated for Sunday around 8:00 p.m. The cost of the excursion includes transportation, entrance fees, overnight accommodation, Saturday ‘full-course’ Korean dinner, Korean-style breakfast and lunch on Sunday. You may bring a packed lunch for Saturday's drive down or you may purchase something at a highway rest stop. Please tell us if you are a vegetarian or have dietary restrictions, or if you must have a bed rather than a Korean ondol room. Rooms are booked for double occupancy.  If you wish to sleep alone, you will have to pay an additional W25,000.
☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
                        SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)



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