(NEW!) Incredible Museum SAN Excursion

Saturday, November 4, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:30pm
Wonju, Gangwon Province
85,000KRW for members and 95,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Kathryn Weathersby


Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch

Museum SAN Excursion
This is the first RASKB Excursion we are sharing with the German Club!

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Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:30pm (estimate)
Destination: Museum SAN, near Wonju, Gangwondo
Cost: W85,000 for RASKB & German Club members; W95,000 for non-members - includes W28,000 museum admission fee; no meals included, food may not be brought onto museum grounds

Tour Leader: Kathryn Weathersby

Summary: The tour will provide translation into English of the docent’s comments at the James Turrell exhibits, since the museum does not have English-speaking docents. We will also provide handouts with information on the architect and artists.  If needed, we will stop at highway rest stops for bathroom breaks and snacks.  Lunches can be purchased at the museum.

Description: Opened in 2013 by the Hansol Foundation of Culture, Museum SAN (Space, Art, Nature) is a jewel of contemporary Korean cultural life. Located on a scenic mountaintop outside Wonju, it is designed to provide a respite from hectic city life and “energy for life” through art and nature.
The architecture of the museum is a central part of the SAN experience. Japanese architect Tadao Ando designed the museum as an “architectural walk” unfolding through distinct areas along 700 meters of the narrow mountaintop.  

A curved wall of Paju stone leads to the Welcome Center, which opens into an expansive flower garden with monumental sculptures by Mark di Suvero and Anthony Caro. The walk continues through a white birch grove to a wall of exposed concrete. Passing the gate formed by this wall and a perpendicular wall of Paju stone, the path turns 180 degrees.
One naturally pauses there before the new vista of the water garden, shallow pools of still, clear water that reflect the sky, trees, and walls. The walk proceeds to the main building under Alexander Liberman’s red archway sculpture, which marks a transition like that of a main gate of a Korean mountain temple. 

The path continues through the main building in maze-like circular patterns. The exhibits focus on hanji – Korea’s traditional handmade paper. The Paper Galleries explain the painstaking process of making hanji, placing it in the context of papermaking worldwide. Others display antique books, boxes, trays and other objects made from hanji. A printmaking studio offers hands-on experiences.

The Cheong-jo Galleries present a wide range of contemporary art made from hanji. Stepping out into the center courtyard of the building, we can examine the glass-enclosed papyrus conservatory, honoring the origin of paper. 

The circular Nam June Paik Hall contains the 9.5 meter tall Communication Tower by the world-famous Korean artist, and a display on the design and construction of the museum provide insight into the concepts and process behind this work of art.

The main building is surrounded by terraced pools of flowing water. The café, where we can stop for lunch, includes outdoor tables on a platform suspended over the terraced pools, where one can listen to the sound of the water while enjoying views of the building and the surrounding mountains.
Leaving the main building we continue into the stone garden, where paths wind around nine stone mounds inspired by ancient tombs of the Silla Dynasty. On the far side of the stone garden we descend to the building housing four extraordinary light installations by the American artist James Turrell, the largest collection of his work in Asia. Skyspace, Horizon Room, Wedgework, and Ganzfeld each play with perception and the effect of light within a created space. 

We will go through the museum at our own pace, with plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful nature and architecture as well as the indoor exhibits. However, since entrance to the Turrell exhibits is timed, we will meet at that building at 2:00pm The guided experience through the four halls lasts 30 minutes. We then have time for a leisurely walk back to the Welcome Center, a browse through its gift shop, and a restroom break before boarding the bus at 3:30pm

The bus will meet us in front of the Yongsan Post Office, just outside Exit 1 of Sinyongsan Station (line 4 or blue line of the Seoul Metro). The bus leaves at 9AM

**NOTE: The usual Exit 1 of Sinyongsan Station [신용산역] is currently closed for construction. Please take Exit 4 and cross the street twice (exit 1 is to your diagonal left from exit 4: taking exit 6 will take you on a long detour). There will also be a map for directions in the underground passway of the Metro station. 

To register, email the below RSVP information below to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com by Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Or, you may register online by clicking here.  Please wait for a confirmation from the RASKB before making a payment.  



Please reserve space on the Museum SAN Excursion, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, for the following:

NAME: _____________________
RASKB member ___  
German Club member ___  
Not RASKB/German Club Member ___

NAME: _____________________
RASKB member ___  
German Club member ___  
Not RASKB/German Club Member ___

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


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Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
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