Spooky Seoul

Sunday, October 27, 2019 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Yonsei East Gate area - Dongnimmun - Seodaemun Prison - Gyeonghui Palace - Gwanghwamun/Cheonggyecheon area
23,000won for members; 28,000won for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Ms. Jennifer Flinn
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Spooky Seoul


Meeting Point:  At the parking lot for Supsok Hanbang Land (숲속한방랜드), located near the East Gate of Yonsei University and Bongwon Temple. The meeting place is accessible by walking from Yonsei/Severance area, or by taking the 7024 bus (bus information) and getting off at the last stop (Bongwonsa). At 4 pm. 

Please RSVP by Friday, October 25, 2019 by clicking here.  

Join the Royal Asiatic Society for a spooky walk through some of Seoul’s creepiest spots!     

This walk will concentrate on Seoul’s history, folklore, and spooky sites, working backward from the present day through the horrors of the past, all the way back to Seoul’s earliest days and the founding of the Joseon dynasty.  On the way, we’ll talk about haunted places within the city, traditional ghosts, spirits, and monsters, along with some less mythical and more historical horrors.

Once we have all gathered, we will begin with a short walk through one of Seoul’s most picturesque areas:  a quiet, wooded neighborhood that harbors both beautiful scenery and memories of dark but not long past events.

The next section of the tour follows a quick bus jaunt to the Dongnimmun area and back in time to the era of military dictatorships and colonization with a visit to Independence Gate and Seodaemun Prison.  This key site in Korean history plays a role both in the abuses and repression under Japanese rule, and later under the military dictatorships and the democracy movement, and gives us a launching point for understanding some of the most tragic events of modern Korea. 

We will then take another short trip by bus and on foot to Gyeonghui Palace, where we’ll learn more about the tragedy of Korea’s early modern history and further back, into dark events of the Joseon era, all while standing in what is reputed to be one of Seoul’s most haunted locations.  This is also where we’ll learn about the geomancy of Seoul and its effect on the world both physical and spiritual, and in particular about the influence of the local mountains and their gods.

Finally, we’ll head and further back in time by foot to the beginning of the Joseon era to a queen’s tomb, hidden in plain sight in the Gwanghwamun area, where we’ll complete our tour. 

Along the way, expect to learn about Korean history, culture, architecture, and folklore both creepy and humorous, from ancient myths to contemporary urban legends. 

Please be advised that this trip will involve both substantial walking and short trips by bus, so come prepared with a bus pass and comfy shoes.


Jennifer Flinn is a Council Member of the RASKB.

Please register your RSVP for the Spooky Seoul tour
by Friday, October 25, 2019 by clicking here.
Please register one RSVP at a time.

                 ☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
         SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)


Contact Us

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

Office is normally open as follows:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays:
                                   10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please call before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796

Email - royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

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