Upcoming excursions: Geumsan-sa temple and Shaman ritual for good fishing and safety at sea

Here is some information about two upcoming excursions: one to Geumsan-sa temple, and one to the sea off Incheon to witness a Shaman ritual for good fishing and safety at sea; note that the deadline for registration is today.

Geumsan-sa temple and its surroundings
Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 8:00am to 7:30pm
Destination: Gimje, North Jeolla Province
Cost: W70,000 for members and W84,000 for nonmembers
Tour Leader: Brother Anthony

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Tour to Shaman Ritual for Good Fishing and Safety at Sea

On June 24th, RAS members will have the unique opportunity of seeing a Shaman ritual for good fishing and safety at sea performed annually by Madame Kim, Kum-hwa, one of Korea’s most famous shamans, who as been designated by the Korean government as a Human Cultural Treasure. Known for her especial charm and charisma, her performance of the rite is regarded as being the most traditionally authentic in the Hwanghae Province style, the province where she was born and where she came from during the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950.

Lecture on the last independent American adviser to the Joseon Dynasty

Tomorrow night's RASKB lecture, by Mr. Kent Davy, is titled:
'Yankee Knight Errant at the Court of the Emperor Manque: William Franklin Sands and King Gojong in the "Korean Cockpit"'

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Gangjin Celadon Kiln Sites: Ceramics in Context

Celadons are perhaps the most iconic aspect of ceramic culture on the Korean Peninsula. The Gangjin Celadon Kiln Sites, a tentative UNESCO world heritage site (http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/385/) was founded in the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) during the 10th to 11th centuries.

Upcoming excursions to Pocheon and Gunsan

Here is some information about upcoming excursions to Pocheon and Gunsan; note that the deadline for registration is today.

Pocheon Makgeoli Excursion
Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 8:30am to 7:00pm
Destination: Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do
Cost: 75,000 won for members and 88,000 won for non-members
Tour Leader: Jennifer Flinn

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SOYANG LAKE AND GUGOK WATER FALL (CHUNCHEON)

Join the R.A.S. for a delightful journey in the countryside to the beautiful Gugok Water Fall (near Chuncheon) and Soyang Lake.

After leaving the Yongsan post office, we will proceed north, through Chuncheon to Soyang Dam, which forms the beautiful Soyang Lake. This dam, completed in 1973, rises to a height of 123m and spans 530m, holding back the 63-km-long Soyang Lake. The lake winds through a serpentine valley below lofty, pine-covered hills. We’ll take a 20-minute boat ride to Cheongpyeongsa Temple from Soyang Dam.

Inner Seorak and South Seorak Rhapsody

Spend the Saturday in the countryside with the R.A.S., enjoying the fantastic, unspoiled natural scenery of Inner and South Seorak Mountain. Most tourists visiting Seorak-san National Park go only to the more frequently visited sights of Outer Sorak, and are unaware of the beautiful and remote Inner Seorak range. Inner Seorak is wilder, more natural, and little touched by man—truly an undiscovered natural paradise.

Naejang-san National Park

Mt. Naejangsan is famous for having some of the most spectacular scenery in Korea. At any time of year, this densely forested mountain area is worth a visit. The more northern of the park's two sections is ringed by a horseshoe-shaped ridge, with the most dramatic rock outcrops in the area. In the valleys beneath this ridge lie the temple Naejang-sa, several hermitages, two waterfalls, a grotto cave, and a cable car leading to a lookout on the hillside, making Naejang-san a perfect place to 'commune with nature' at this or at any time of the year.

Danyang Excursion: Woraksan National Park, Gosu Cave & Chungju Lake Boat Cruise

This summertime adventure will take us southeast to North Chungcheong province, site of Gosu Cave and the beautiful Chungju Lake.

We'll set out for North Chungcheong province by bus and go directly to Gosu Cave to satisfy our spelunking spirit. Discovered in the 1970's, Gosu is the best-known cave in the area because of its spectacular caverns, graceful stalactites and majestic stalagmites. It is called the "underground palace" because of its breathtaking natural beauty and it has been designated as Natural Monument No. 256.

Haein-sa temple

There is almost no need to introduce Haein-sa temple, it is so well-known. Yet because it is rather difficult to reach by public transport, this chance to visit it in a one-day excursion might appeal to members who would otherwise have difficulty getting there.

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