Dear members and friends of RAS Korea
It will soon be February and we hope it will soon be much warmer than it has been!
In February Korea marks the Lunar New Year, which this year falls on Sunday February 10. The RAS has traditionally offered a very special trip to beautiful Seoraksan, over on the East Coast, during this holiday. Koreans enjoy family gatherings and the rest of us find ourselves with free time and not much to do. Seoraksan offers fresh air, lovely scenery, warm accommodation and a magnificent spa / hot springs. Those who want to go walking will have plenty of time to do so, while others soak in hot baths. Why not join us, with your whole family? The hotel rooms are booked, the bus is ready. . . . By leaving Seoul early on the Sunday, February 10, the actual New Year's Day, we can be sure of quiet roads. By coming back on the Monday we can also be sure of reasonable traffic. Because with the holiday falling on a weekend, most people will take the Tuesday off as well! See: http://raskb.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d6bd78bcc645d037366d2f5e...
Then on Saturday February 16 we are running an excursion to Cheorwon, to the north-east of Seoul. There we will visit historic remains witnessing to the tragedy of the Korean War and we hope that there will be large flocks of migratory birds in the fields, some of them very rare and hard to see. Our leader wiill be none other than Robert Koehler, author of the wonderful Seoul Selection guides "Seoul" and "Korea" He knows a lot about this area, it should be fascinating. See: http://raskb.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d6bd78bcc645d037366d2f5e4...
On Saturday February 23, we have planned a trip to visit the potteries at Icheon, not far from Seoul. By this time spring will be in the air, we will visit some famous pottery workshops and give participants a view of the pottery-making process as well as visiting stores with a wide range of work for sale. See: http://raskb.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d6bd78bcc645d037366d2f5e4...
Finally, on March 1 we traditionally organize a visit to Onyang and the nearby Independence Hall. Here we will see the shrine to Admiral Yi Sun-shin and the memorial museum to Korea's Independence Movement many of whose leaders came from this area.
Our lectures in February will be on Tuesday February 12, when Dong-jin Kim will talk about Homer B. Hulbert, and February 26 when Peter Bartholomew will tell us about Joseon dynasty architecture, explaining how and when so much of it has been destroyed, He has many wonderful photos of what once was there.
This year we will continue to offer members a once-a-month guided visit to a gallery in the National Museum of Korea. Please visit our home page http://raskb.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=d6bd78bcc645d037366d2f5e... e=e673079159 or send an email replying to this message for more details.
I hope to welcome many of you at one or other or all these events.
With my best wishes