Gangnam (Old) Style

Saturday, April 1, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Samseong-dong, Seoul
20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Jun Y.K. Shin

*Image taken by the Cultural Heritage Administration [문화재청]; text adapted from David Gemeinhardt's original excursion


Since the runaway success of a certain satirical song by a rotund Korean rapper, the phrase ‘Gangnam Style’ has entered the global consciousness. There is, however, another side to Gangnam. Amid the hustle and bustle of the sleekest, most modern part of Seoul, lie quiet corners, lush greenery, and reminders of the past. 

Join us on this walking excursion as we stroll from Samneung  Park (Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tombs), a beautiful greenspace and the site of some important Joseon-era royal tombs to COEX(the Korea Convention Exhibition Center), symbol of Korea’s modern, consumerist culture, and then on to Bongeun-sa, one of Seoul’s largest and most thriving Buddhist temples.

The places of our visit on this excursion are closely related with Confucianism and Buddhism, which have influenced Korean lifestyle and attitudes. At Samneung Park, we can walk through major facilities and observe the Royal Tombs. By visiting Bongeun-sa, participants will experience Korean Buddhist history and culture and see a variety of Buddhist statues, such as Bodhisattva and Arhat as well as a wide diversity of smaller Buddhist temples, paintings and instruments.

There will be a considerable amount of walking. Please wear appropriate footwear. The excursion will proceed as scheduled even in case of rain – just put on your rain gear and bring your umbrella! The cost of the excursion includes admission fees to the park of Royal Tombs.  

This excursion will start from top of the stairs of Exit #10, Seollung Station [선릉역] on Line 2 (green line) & Bundang Line (red).


Jun Y.K. SHIN is a life member of the RAS KB and sits on its council. Furthermore, he leads the RAS – Business & Culture Club meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.


To register, click here OR email the information below to by Wednesday, March 29, 2017.


Please reserve space on the Gangnam Old Style Walking Excursion, Saturday, April 1, 2017, for the following:
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This excursion will be confirmed after the sign-up deadline. Please remit payment for the tour only after you receive a confirmation to: Shinhan Bank 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 5 but we are short staffed and there are meetings elsewhere often: please call or email before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796
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