Yangcheon Hyanggyo and Gaehwasan Cherryblossom

Saturday, April 13, 2019 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Yangcheon Hyanggyo and Gaehwasan
20,000won for members; 25,000won for non-members (dinner/drinks not included)
Tour Leader: 
Matt VanVolkenburg
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Yangcheon Hyanggyo and Gaehwasan Cherryblossom


Meeting Point:   At Exit 3 of Yangcheon Hyanggyo Station (양천향교역) #906                                  (Seoul Subway Line 9).

* The tour will involve walking up and around two low mountains, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Now located in western Seoul, Yangcheon was once its own prefecture during the Joseon era and was known for its natural beauty. At the center of the prefecture was Yangcheon Hyanggyo, a state-run Confucian shrine and academy. Other remnants of not only the Baekje and Joseon era, but also the colonial period can be found in the area, especially around Mt. Gungsan. Not far to the west lies Mt. Gaehwasan, which overlooks the Han River and Gimpo Airport, and, with its temples, grave sites, and Korean War memorials, it offers visitors a glimpse into Korea’s past, both distant and recent. This tour will visit both locations.

Starting from Yangcheon Hyanggyo Station, we will visit Seongju Well, which once quenched the thirst of travelers, and which sits beneath an aged Gingko Tree. From there we will make our way to Yangcheon Hyanggyo, which was established in 1411 and which is the only Confucian shrine still remaining in Seoul. Next, we will visit a newly-opened museum space showcasing a Japanese-built military tunnel excavated in the 1940s but only discovered a decade ago. From there we will visit Gyeomjae Jeong Seon Memorial Museum and learn about Jeong Seon (1676–1759), also known by his pen name Gyeomjae, the innovative painter who once served as a magistrate in Yangcheon and who is known for painting its landscapes. The museum’s exhibits will help to unveil the history of the area.

From there we will take public transportation to Banghwa Station in order to explore Mt. Gaehwasan. After passing through a park with a number of 400-year-old zelkova and gingko trees and learning about how the area almost became a royal tomb, we will head up the mountain to see the numerous tombs, flanked by beautifully carved stone statues and gravestones, of the Pungsan Shim clan. This Yangban family served the Joseon kings for several generations and were memorialized for their meritorious deeds – one of which was taking part in the overthrow of the notorious king, Yonsan-gun. We will also visit Yaksasa Temple and see a statue of the Buddha and a three-story stone pagoda which date back to the Goryeo Era. An even larger such statue dating from the same time period will be visited outside Mitasa Temple, on the other side of the mountain. We will also visit the Memorial to the Loyal Dead, which was erected to remember the 1,100 soldiers of the Korean 1st Army Division who died defending Mt. Gaehwasan during the opening of the Korean War, and learn more about the fighting which took place on the mountain during the war, as well as its military importance in the present. We will also stop at numerous points along the way to take in views of the surrounding area and enjoy its natural beauty, which should be heightened by a variety of spring flowers at their peak.

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                 ☞Payment to be remitted 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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