Introducing Korea’s Unique Gods and Indigenous Faiths

Sunday, June 30, 2013 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Altars for Gods of land and grains (Sajikdan, 사직단), Tangun Shrine (단군성전), Shrine for Chinese commander, Guan Yu (Donggwanwang-myo, 동관왕묘) and Temple of Heaven (Hwangudan, 환구단)
22,000 for RASKB members and 26,000 for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Mr. Jun(Y.K.) Shin

We will visit some of the religious shrines in the city. Koreans have traditionally followed Buddhism and Confucianism as their two main religions. However, in addition to these two traditions, there have existed a variety of beliefs in gods whom Koreans have worshiped and enshrined. The goal of this excursion is to introduce some of Korea’s unique gods and indigenous faiths in our urban surroundings.
First, we will visit Sajikdan (사직단, Historic Site No. 121) and its gate. Sajikdan consists of two altars constructed for offering sacrifices to Sa (사, god of land) and Jik (직, god of grains) during the Joseon Dynasty. Together with the Jongmyo Shrine (종묘), Sajikdan was a place symbolizing the orthodoxy of the Joseon Dynasty. A guardian of Sajikdan will open the historical site for us and explain its rituals and the meaning of Sajikdan. After visiting Sajikdan, we will visit the Tangun Shrine (단군성전) located in the vicinity of the altars. Koreans have long regarded Tangun (단군) as the legendary founder of Gojoseon (Old Joseon, 고조선).
For our third stop, we will move to Donggwanwang-myo(동관왕묘, Treasure No. 142) near Dongmyo station (station No 127 & 636). After the Imjin War (임진왜란), Donggwanwang-myo was built at the request of the Chinese Ming Dynasty. So this shrine shows Chinese-style architectural characteristics and was used for sacrificial rites to Guan Yu (관우) and his subordinate generals. The Ming Dynasty and the Chinese people traditionally worshiped Guan Yu (관우, a Chinese commander) and called his shrines Mumyo (무묘), just as they called shrines built to perform sacrifices to Confucius Munmyo (문묘).
Finally, we will move to our last destination, the temple and altar of Heaven (Hwangudan, 환구단, Historic Site No. 157) near City Hall station (station No. 132). Hwangudan Altar was the place where the Daehan Emperor, Gojong (고종) 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.
We will meet to begin the tour at 10:00am at Gyeongbokgung Station(경복궁역, Orange line #3, station No. 327), exit number 1(outside), and it will end around 3:00pm. The cost: 22,000 for RASKB members and 26,000 for non-members. You will have to pay for your lunch and subway fare individually. Please register by sending an email with the following information to by Thursday, June 27th, 2013.


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☞ Please make a tour payment to the following account: Shinhan Bank Account # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
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[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

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