RAS Korea Overseas Trips
Dear members and friends of RAS Korea
I am writing about 2 up-coming overseas excursions being planned by RAS Korea. We hope that many of you will be interested in joining one or both of them. I hope you will all have a good summer. In order to simplify the pricing indications, we are saying that participation in these excursions is limited to RAS members only and asking non-members to pay a year's RAS subscription on registering (the rates and payment method are indicated in our home page).
Brother Anthony (President, RASKB)
As already announced, we are planning a short, concentrated visit to Osaka and Nara in Japan, led by Prof. Robert Fouser, focusing on places that are related to Korea or reveal clear Korean influence. It should be a very interesting study-tour. The dates are August 24-26, 2013, the full program is described in the RAS home page. The total cost covering flights and accommodation will be KW 700,000 (shared room) / KW 840,000 (single room). This must be paid into the
bank account of the travel agent arranging the visit, not the RAS account. In addition, each participant will be asked to bring enough Japanese money to cover estimated daily expenses of around 5 to 7,000
JPYen (around 60,000 - 80,000W) covering:
Two meals: 2,500 yen
Admissions: 1,000 yen
Transportation: 1,000 yen
Incidentals: 1,000 yen
If you would like to come on this excursion but have not yet registered, please quickly send an email to the RAS. Please indicate in the email if you wish to occupy a single room; otherwise we will assume you are prepared to share. Please include your name as it is printed in your passport. Then your deposit of KW100,000 must be paid to the travel agent by July 24 and the remaining sum must be sent to them by August 7. If you cancel your reservation before July 24, you will not incur any penalty
In previous years we have often organized a trip to China coinciding with the Korean Chuseok holiday week. We are offering two China excursions this year, too, both of them visiting Beijing but the second option includes an additional one-night stop in Xian on the way back.
The dates for the Beijing-only trip are from Saturday, September 14 until Tuesday, September 17; the Beijing + Xian excursion will also leave Seoul on Saturday, September 14 and return to Seoul on Thursday, September 19 (Chuseok Day).
The itinerary of both options will include all the most famous sites in and around Beijing: the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Ming tombs, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace in Beijing.
In Xian, we would visit the Tae-an Tower, the First Emperor's tomb, the terracotta warriors etc Xian. The last day in Beijing in both options will be left free so that people can go shopping or visit other sites and explore freely. The price includes a meal of Beijing duck and a circus performance as well as all entrance fees etc.
The price for the shorter Beijing-only trip is KW950,000 (Twin beds shared room) or KW1,200,000 (Single room). The cost for the Beijing + Xian option is KW1,400,000 (Twin beds, shared room) or KW1,720,000 (Single room). In addition, in either case, you will need a visa, which the travel agent will obtain for you: they will need your Passport, your Alien`s card if you are not a Korean national (which must have over 6 months validity remaining at the time of travel), 1 passport-size picture, the fee will be KW60,000 (* for US passport-holders it is KW210,000 ). Processing the visa will take 4 working days.
We need to know rather quickly if you are interested in going. Please first send an email to the RAS office indicating the option that you are interested in. Please include your name as it is printed in your passport. We will be placing full details in our home page in the coming days.
Each of these options can only be offered if 10 people sign up for them. If not enough people have signed up and paid the deposit by the end of July, the trip would have to be cancelled. Full details of the
payment dates will be included in the home page announcement (in a few