Old Gunsan: Exploring the Remains of Colonial Korea - CONFIRMED, new option for self travel participants

Saturday, March 3, 2018 -
8:00am to 8:00pm
Gunsan, Cholla
45,000W for members and 60,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Robert Koehler
Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch

Old Gunsan: Exploring the Remains of Colonial Korea

Date & Time:   Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 8:00am to 8:00pm (estimate)
Destination:    Gunsan, Cholla Nam-do
Departure:     The bus will depart from the Yongsan Post Office (Subway Line
                        Number 4, Blue Line, Sinyongsan Station #429, Exit 1) *
Cost:               W45,000 for RASKB members; W60,000 for non-members
Tour Leader:   Robert Koehler


For those people who can travel on their own to Gunsan and wish to participate, please fill out this RSVP form:  https://goo.gl/forms/donjYaycpRyqofAO2.

We are offering cheaper participation fees in recognition that you will not be using our transportation service. 

Once a small fishing village on Korea’s West Sea coast, Gunsan developed into one of Korea’s most important ports after it was opened to international trade in 1899. During the colonial era, Japanese traders, merchants and farmers settled en masse in Gunsan and the nearby Honam Plain, Korea’s most fertile agricultural region, and the city became especially important as the port of exit for Korean rice exports to mainland Japan. The Japanese left an indelible imprint on the city, and while the Japanese left following Korea’s liberation from colonial rule in 1945, their presence can still be felt in the city’s exotic historic architecture.

In this tour, we will visit some of Gunsan’s historic colonial architecture and learn a bit about Japanese colonial rule in Korea. The sites we will visit include the spectacular Japanese Edo-style temple of Dongguksa, founded in 1913 and Korea’s sole remaining Japanese temple that still functions as a Buddhist temple; the grand old Hirotsu House, a palatial wooden Japanese mansion featured in Korean period films and studied by both Korean and Japanese architecture scholars; old Gunsan Customs House, a lovely little red-brick building built in an eclectic European style in 1908; the old Bank of Choson Gunsan Branch Building (currently under a much-needed restoration), built in 1923 and for a time the one of the largest buildings outside of Seoul; the newly opened Gunsan Modern History Museum, dedicated to Gunsan’s early 20th century past; the old Kumamoto Villa, the beautiful French-designed summer home once belonging to one of the colonial era’s largest Japanese landlords; and the site of the old Shimatani Plantation, where venerable Korean stone pagodas and lanterns and an imposing old storage house stand testament to the colonial plundering of Korea’s cultural heritage.

For lunch, we will have Chinese food at Binhaewon, a 60-year-old eatery near Gunsan’s old waterfront. Time permitting, we will also drop by Lee Sun Dang, Korea’s oldest continuously operating bakery.

Departure Note:
* Please note that Sinyongsan Station's Exit 1 is under construction, so if you arrive by subway, go out Exit 4 and cross over, above ground, to the Post Office.

Please wait for a confirmation before making a payment. Please be sure to check back to this RASKB web site on Thursday, March 2, to see whether we are confirming or cancelling this excursion. 

To register, email the below RSVP information below to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com or simply click here by Wednesday, February 28, 2018

TO: RASKB                DATE:    /       /2018
PLEASE RESERVE SPACE ON THE Old Gunsan Excursion, Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018, FOR THE FOLLOWING:
NAME:  _________________________      MEMBER __  NON-MEMBER __
NAME:  _________________________      MEMBER __  NON-MEMBER __
PHONE NO.  (Cell)  _______________ Email:_________________________
☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
                        SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 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

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