Korea's Native Faiths and Gods Wed. Walking Tour (Confirmed)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Northern Seoul
Members: W20,000; Non-members: W25,000
Tour Leader: 
Jun Y.K. Shin
Sajikdan (사직단)
Date: Oct. 3, Wednesday, 10am to 3pm     

Meet Up Location: Jongno Samga Station(종로3가역,Station No. 133, Blue line #1 and Orange line #3), on the top of the stairs of exit No. 12 (outside)

Destinations: Bosingak Pavilion (보신각), The Central Temple of Chondogyo (천도교중앙대교당), a shamanistic shrine, a protective old tree, Jogye Temple (조계사), the National Folk Museum of Korea (국립민속박물관), Gwanghwamun Gate (광화문), Sajikdan (사직단), Tangun Shrine (단군성전)

Cost: W20,000 for members and W25,000 for non-members

Tour Leader: (experienced guide) Jun Y.K. Shin

On the occasion of the National foundation Day of Korea(개천절) on October 3, RAS KB will lead a special walking tour on Korea's Native Faiths and Gods to visit various religious sites including Tangun Shrine(단군성전) in downtown Seoul.

Traditionally Koreans have followed Buddhism and Confucianism as their two main religions. However, in addition to these two traditions, there has existed a variety of faiths, beliefs and gods whom Koreans have worshiped and enshrined. The goal of this excursion is to introduce some of Korea’s unique gods, as well as localized and indigenous faiths in our urban surroundings.

First, we will visit the observatory of Sewoon Shopping Mall(세운상가) in order to have a glance at the Jongmyo Shrine(종묘). The leader will explain the outline of Jongmyo Shrine and the rule of Jwa Myo Wu Sa (좌묘우사, 종묘사직), placing Jongmyo shrine to the east (left) and Sajikdan alters to the west (right) of the palace. When the founder and his loyalists of the Joseon Dynasty built up old Seoul, they followed Chinese rules.

Next, we will drop by the Central Temple of Chondogyo (천도교중앙대교당), as well as find a Shamanistic Shrine. Nowadays it is not easy for people to find shamanistic shrines in downtown Seoul. In addition, the leader will make an explanation of all creation’s sprits such as old trees and animals at a protective old tree (a Chinese scholar tree, 회화나무) in Insa-dong.

After that, we will visit Bosingak Pavilion (보신각), the center of old Seoul as well as the God of Five Directions and here we can understand the principle of YinYang Five Elements (음양오행). If we are lucky, we can participate in the bell ringing event at the pavilion at noon.

After lunch, Mr. Shin will lead to Jogye Temple (조계사), the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, located in central Seoul. In the temple, he will explain the history of Korean Buddhism and some distinct characteristics of the temple. 

At the National Folk Museum of Korea (국립민속박물관), we will take a look around the variety of objects of Korean folk beliefs, such as Sotdae (솟대), Jangseung (장승), stone piles (돌탑), and stone sculptures of sexual organs, which were frequently found at traditional villages in the past. We will also see a memorial gate and stone for the filial piety (효자문/효자각) from Buan county, and statues of civil officials (Muinseok), a stone tablet, an epitaph to be discovered near tombs, as well as a replica of tomb.

Finally, we will visit the Sajikdan( 사직단) and its gate. Sajikdan consists of two altars constructed for offering sacrifices to Sa (사, god of land) and Jik(직, god of grains) during the Joseon Dynasty. Together with the Jongmyo Shrine (종묘), Sajikdan was a place symbolizing the orthodoxy of the Joseon Dynasty. Through this visit, we will better understand the principle of Cheonwonjibang (천원지방, Heaven is round and Earth is square) and this octagonal shaped building. After visiting Sajikdan, we will visit the Tangun Shrine(단군성전) located in the vicinity of the altars. Koreans have long regarded Tangun(단군) as the legendary founder of Gojoseon (Old Joseon, 고조선).

Jun Y.K. SHIN is a council member of the RASKB and co-leads Business & Culture Club meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.     

We will meet to begin the tour at 10:00am at Jongno Samga Station (종로3가역,Station No. 133, Blue line #1 and Orange line #3), on the top of the stairs of exit No. 12(outside). End of the tour is planned for around 3pm. 20,000 won for RASKB members and 25,000 won for non-members. Lunch is not included in the price of this tour. 

Please be sure to check back to here on the RASKB web site on Monday, October 1, to see whether we are confirming or cancelling this walk. 

To register, click here by Monday, October 1, 2018. Please wait for a confirmation before making a payment.      

☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
             SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)


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