Gangneung (Kangnŭng), Province of Gangwon-Do (Kangwŏn-Do)

Date: 
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 8:00am to Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 8:00pm
Destination(s): 
The City of Gangneung (Kangnŭng), Province of Gangwon-Do
Cost: 
W199,000 for members and W229,000 for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Mr. Peter Bartholomew

This excursion will take us to see one of the most important remaining centres of traditional Korean culture, the City of Gangneung (Kangnŭng), wherein there are more well preserved Joseon (Chosŭn) period buildings and other cultural assets than most other parts of Korea. We will not only visit and receive insightful, informed on-site lectures on these cultural treasures, but actually will stay the night in one of the most important of them, the 18th Century estate of one of Kangnŭng’s most important aristocratic families. This is a rare opportunity to see and be part of Korea’s 2000 year old traditional culture at its aristocratic level.

For over 2000 years, since roughly 150 BC (as part of the Gogureoyeo (Koguryŏ) Kingdom), Gangneung (Kangnŭng), has been the centre of the eastern half of Kangwŏn Province regional government, economy, culture and education. During the Joseon (Chosŭn) Dynasty (1392 – 1910) Kangnŭng flourished in every aspect: politically, culturally and economically. Magnificent estates of the wealthy landowner aristocrats were built, Kangnŭng’s city walls were expanded and improved, the provincial government complex was vastly expanded from its Koryŏ Dynasty (866 – 1392) form, the “Hyang-Kyo” (Confucian Academy) was rebuilt and expanded, beautiful summer homes and pleasure pavilions were built along the banks of the seaside lake, Kyŭngp’odae (Gyeongpodae), and numerous renowned scholars from the royal court in Seoul took sabbatical from court to go to Kangnŭng for literary pursuits, writing important philosophical, political and literary works.

Amazingly, much of these important architectural works of art remain today in excellent condition and the families who built them hundreds of years ago still own and use many of them. We are privileged to be able to visit most of these important sites, meet some of the descendants of the aristocratic families and receive in-depth lectures (at each site) tying together architecture, philosophy, history, literary culture and societal relationships.

Our itinerary for this excursion is as follows:
Saturday, 13 October
 08:00 AM Depart Yongsan Post Office to Kangnung (Sinyongsan Station #429 on the Blue Line exit 1) – arriving Kangnŭng around 11:30AM.
 Kangnŭng Kwan-A, the Chosŭn Dynasty period provincial government centre
 Hyang-Kyo / Confucian Academy (early 14th Century – vestiges of Koryo Dynasty architecture)
 Alongside Kyŏngp’o Lake: Haeun Jŏng (early 17th Century Pavilion), 7 other 19th Century lakeside pavilions of aristocratic families.
 Shamanistic shrine (next to ocean beach at mouth of stream that comes out of the lake)
 Gyeongpo (Kyŏngp’o Dae Pavilion: Very large, 17th Century pleasure pavilion atop a hill with view of lake and ocean – important history, culturally, literary and socially.
 Go to Sŏn Kyo Jang (99 kan Yangban estate) briefly to organise where everyone will sleep – wash-up, etc.
 Dinner at “Han Jŏng Shik” restaurant
 Return to Sŏn Kyo Jang where we stay the night
Sunday, 14 October
 Breakfast at Sŏn Kyo Jang estate – Tubu (“Tofu”) with side dishes
 In-depth viewing of Sŏn Kyo Jang estate with lectures: 4 major residence structures (early 18th Century to late 19th Century, servants quarters, etc.
 Move to Ojuk Hŏn, 16th Cen. Birthplace home of Yi Yulkok; see description below.
 Around 12:00 noon : lunch in a local restaurant then drive toward Odae-san where two beautiful Buddhist temples--Sangwonsa and Woljeongsa--are found. If time allows we will visit them before setting off back to Seoul

Leader / Lecturer:
Peter Bartholomew has lived in Korea for 45 years and resided in Sŏn Kyo Jang estate in Kangnŭng from 1968 through 1972, maintaining a close personal relationship with the Sŏn Kyo Jang family continually today. For over 40 years Peter has intensively researched traditional Chosŏn Dynasty history, culture and especially architecture, lecturing, writing and participating in Korean cultural venues on these subjects.
NOTES on meals and accommodations:
►Saturday Lunch; Bring your own please. We will have our bagged / boxed lunches while in the “Kwan-A”
►Saturday night accommodations:
We will stay in a newly built (but beautifully traditional style) building to the north side of Sŏn Kyo Jang estate. There are common bathroom facilities (men and women separately!!), clean and well maintained with hot and cold running water, showers, Western toilets, etc. You must bring your own towel and toiletries. The sleeping rooms are traditional heated-floor rooms with beautiful lattice paper-covered doors. Everyone will be provided with a thick quilt-like mat for sleeping on the heated floor (Yŏ), warm quilt (ebol) and pillow. There are no Western type beds. Most probably we will have to share a room with other attendees; as available, families / couples will be given their own rooms.
If you feel that you cannot stay at Sŏn Kyo Jang with these traditional Korean sleeping conditions, we will be pleased to make reservations for you at the Hyundai Hotel on Kyŏngp’o Beach for which you must pay by yourself.
MORE DETAILED NOTES ON SITES:
Ojukhŏn, is the (“restored”) birthplace of the famous 16th century Korean scholar Yi Yul-gok. His mother, Shim, Saim-Dang, was a poet and intellectual, and perhaps the most talented female artist of the entire Chosŏn Dynasty. Her picture is on the 50-thousand won banknote. Two of the original houses have been rebuilt here. In separate but connected sections of Ojukhŏn are the Gangneung (Kangnŭng) Municipal Museum and the Folklore Pavilion, the former displaying historical and archaeological objects from the city and surrounding Yeongdong (Yŏngdong) region, while the focus of the folklore display is on articles of everyday life from the pre-modern era.
Sŏn Kyo Jang: A traditional 99-kan house, the largest size permitted anyone not belonging to the royal family. This is one of the finest preserved examples in all Korea, built about 300 years ago. The estate is still occupied by the 8th generation of its builder. There are four principal residential buildings, extensive servants quarters, 6 kitchens, lotus pavilion, wooded gardens with pleasure pavilion, and shrine house for ancestral memorial ceremonies, plus numerous out-buildings of former indentured farm families.
Our excursion will get started on Saturday at 8:00 am from the Yongsan Post Office (Sinyongsan Blue Line subway station #429), and return is slated for Sunday at 9:00 pm. Cost of the excursion is W199,000 for members and W229,000 for non-members and covers three meals (Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch) and one night staying. You may pack a lunch for Saturday's drive down, or buy something at our rest stop.

Reservations confirmation deadline: Monday, Oct. 8, 2012
TO: R.A.S
PLEASE RESERVE SPACE ON THE GANGNEUNG CITY EXCURSION, SATURDAY-SUNDAY, October 13-14, 2012, FOR THE FOLLOWING:
NAME________________________________________ MEMBER________ NON-MEMBER_________
NAME________________________________________ MEMBER________ NON-MEMBER_________
PHONE NO. (MOBILE) _________________________ (OFFICE / HOME) ________________________
Please make a excursion payment to the following account: Shinhan Bank Account #100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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