November with the RASKB

November with the RASKB

Dear members and friends of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch,

The year is hurrying toward its close, the next few weekends will be the last chance to get outside of Seoul and enjoy the beauties of Korean nature in autumn. Our excursions might be the ideal way of doing this. Once winter comes, it is still important to keep fit and since Korea is rarely snow-bound, some of our winter hikes offer some healthy exercise with minimal risk. But we will also try to organize some indoor events for greater ease.

Here are our upcoming events, excursions, lectures, study groups . . . . I look forward to seeing many of you at them. Please note that the first lecture is delayed by a week, since the room is not available on the customary 2nd Tuesday.

Visit our home page from time to time, especially the Blog! We are trying to keep it updated and improved.

With my best wishes

Brother Anthony
President, RASKB


Jiri-san and Namwon: A Journey into Korea's Scenic South Jeolla Province
Saturday, November 3 - Sunday, November 4, 2012
Leader: David Mason
The southern regions retain their autumn colors much later and this should be a splendid chance to enjoy natural beauty (with history, too) in balmy weather and with a truly expert leader!

Gilsang-sa Temple and the Korean Furniture Museum
Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 9:45am to 3:00pm
Leader: Mr. Song-Hyon Jang
The recently opened Furniture Museum has a unique collection housed in beautiful Korean buildings.

Old Incheon: A Walk through Korean History since 1876
Saturday, November 10, 2012 13:30-18:00
Leader: Dr. Robert J. Fouser
Delayed by a couple of weeks, this will be a highly instructive visit to an Incheon that most of us have never seen, with relics of the Japanese era, missionary buildings, and the Chinese quarter

KTX 1-day visit to Mokpo’s Japanese-era remains,
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 7:00am to 9:00pm
Leader: Robert Koehler
And going further afield, Mokpo also offers a considerable number of colonial-era buildings in fine condition that we can visit in a single day thanks to the speed of the KTX, with no risk of snarled traffic! And with the best guide one could hope to find!

Eastern Gyeongju Expedition
Saturday, November 17 - 8:00am to Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 8:00pm
Leader: Jennifer Flinn
Gyeongju has many sites that are often missed in standard tours. Jennifer lived here for a time, she will take us to some fascinating, less familiar locations. Usually the autumn colors linger here until late November, some years this weekend is the peak viewing time, it should be a spectacular weekend.

The eastern parts of Seoul City Wall
Saturday November 24
Leader: Robert Fouser
Walking along the wall, and tracing its course where it no longer exists, should give a different, deeper impression of Seoul's history.

Discovering Gakwon-sa temple, Magok-sa
Saturday December 1
Leader: Sue Bae
As winter starts, a short trip to visit a couple of fine temples, one new and one old.


(NB date 1 week later than usual !) Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 7:30 pm
Energy Policy in Korea with special attention to Nuclear Energy Policy
Hi-chun Park
There is a need for a radical reform in the energy market policy in Korea. A per capita energy consumption of over 5 tonnes of oil equivalent is too high. There is a need for radical measures to reduce energy consumption and, in turn, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This presentation will discuss various issues of the Korean energy policy such as energy pricing and nuclear energy development.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 7:30 pm
Mountains of the Baekdu Daegan in North and South Korea
Roger Shepherd
In recent months, Roger has been able to spend 3 months trecking and photographing in the North Korean part of the Baekdu Daegan. In 2013 he will publish a book about it. He will be giving a presentation for RASKB about his experiences there and what this book will mean to Korea.

Study Groups

RAS Reading Club
To learn about Korea and develop cultural literacy through reading works of Korean literature (in English translation). The next meeting will be on Monday November 12, reading “Gray Snowman” by Choe Yun. (See map in “Library” in our home page). All RASKB members are welcome.
Contact: Bob Fouser

RAS Photo Special Interest Group
We are organizing a monthly photography special interest group, the RAS Photo SIG, to help people improve their photographic skills. Meetings are usually held once a month in the Inje University building. The next meeting will be on Wednesday Nov. 7th. (See map in “Library” in our home page).
Contact: Tom Coyner

National Museum of Korea: RASKB lecture-visit
*** This month's visit will be a very special one. The Museum is currently holding the largest exhibition of Goryeo-era celadons ever held anywhere. Some extremely rare pieces have been brought from overseas to join the national treasures still preserved in Korea. Tonight a member of the staff will provide a guided visit just for RASKB members. Those wishing to attend should send an email with the subject “National Museum Tour” to The visit is limited to 20 people, on a first come first served basis.

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