(confirmed - pls pay upon registration) Sungkyunkwan Confucian Ceremony

Date: 
Sunday, March 22, 2015 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
Destination(s): 
Gangbuk Area in Seoul
Cost: 
20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Jon Dunbar

 

 

A walk through Sungkyunkwan
 
 
Today, Korea's oldest institute of higher learning sits on the slope of Bugaksan in downtown Seoul, tucked away behind Changdeokgung. It is a long, thin property filled with modern buildings, and at the base of the university sits a recreation of the original campus. 
 
Sungkyunkwan was founded within the original city walls of Seoul in 1398 as a royal academy of Confucianism, offering education in Confucian philosophy and literature to would-be civil servants. It trained such notable historical figures as Yi Hwang (Toegye), Jo Gwang-jo, Jeong In-ji, Shin Suk-ju, Yi I (Yulgok), and Yu Seong-ryong.
March 22 marks the anniversary of Confucius' death. There will be a very big, very solemn performance of the Seokjeon Daejae, a unique event held twice a year to commemorate Confucius. As Confucius was considered the great propagator of culture during the Joseon Dynasty, he was held in higher regard even than the Joseon kings and worshipped almost as a religious figure. There are also buildings that once housed shrines for Confucius' ten students, as well as 18 Korean scholars.
 
We will meet at 9:00am at Anguk Station exit 6. From there we take a local bus up on the slope of Bugaksan and down into the rear gate of SKKU. Walking down from there will give us a nice view of the city and campus and ensure that we don't have to walk uphill. We will see the rear wall of Changdeokgung, the infiltration point of many a Sungkyunkwan student over the centuries, and take a quick tour of the modern campus grounds, including a stop at the statue of Kim Changsuk, who reopened Sungkyunkwan University after liberation from Japan. We will also visit the SKKU museum which contains many ancient artefacts and artworks. 
 
Last, we will head downhill to visit the old campus grounds, which have been preserved/restored. We will get a close-up look at Myeongnyundang, the ancient lecture hall seen on the 1000KRW bill, as well as the 500-year-old ginkgo trees, the Confucian shrine Daeseongjeon, and the spirit gate through which only the spirits of Confucius and his scholars were allowed to pass. The gate should be open for the occasion of the Seokjeon Daejae.  
 
Jon Dunbar worked for the Office of International Affairs of SKKU where he was called on frequently to give English-language tours of the old campus.

Please sign up for this Walk by Friday, March 20, 2015. You can also register by emailing royalasiatickorea@gmail.com with the information below.

TO: R.A.S.

PLEASE RESERVE SPACE ON THE SUNGKYUNKWAN CEREMONY, FOR THE FOLLOWING:

NAME: _______________________________ MEMBER _____ NON-MEMBER _____

NAME: _______________________________ MEMBER _____ NON-MEMBER _____

PHONE NO.(Mobile) _______________ (Home/Office) __________________________

☞Upon confirmation, please make the payment to the following account:
SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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