CONFIRMED - (NOTE: itinerary change) Museum of Shamanism and Yongam-sa Temple

The abbot of Jinkwansa passed away a few days ago so we will go to Young Am Sa or the "Dragon Rock Temple," which is also located in Bukan Mountain Fortress National Park, instead. To avoid walking in hot and rainy weather, we will go by taxi from the Shamanism Museum and return to Gupabal subway station by around 6 pm. The following is a note passed to us by the tour leader himself. 

The Latter-Day Diaspora Century, a Personal Journey A Conversation With the Iconic K.W. (Kyung Won) Lee Return of a Prodigal Son to the Land of Everlasting Hahn*

Come and join in a lively conversation with K.W. Lee, an iconic and unique Korean American, born 88 years ago in Kaesong. He is a groundbreaking, award-winning journalist and role model dedicated to an equitable society, justice and racial harmony.

After three years at Korea University, K.W. Lee went to the United States and continued his education at West Virginia University and the University of Illinois. While an undergraduate and graduate student, he was the editor of The Korean Messenger, a Korean language periodical for Korean students in the U.S.

Building Sandcastles in Seoul: Socio-cultural Barriers to Doing Business in South Korea

Since the late 1990s the South Korean government has been making concerted efforts to attract higher levels of foreign direct investment. However, inward FDI has yet to reach its full potential, despite on going reforms in South Korea and the implementation of a series of free trade agreements with its key trading partners. Drawing on interviews carried out in 2009 and 2016 with EU executives, diplomats and trade officials, this lecture will consider the changing range of socio-cultural issues that present challenges to foreign companies trading with and investing in South Korea.

Exploring the People, Culture, and History of China’s Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region

While most people are familiar with both North and South Korea, not so many know about what has been coined the “Third Korea” - the Yanbian Autonomous Prefecture (연변 조선족 자치주, 延边朝鲜族自治州). This region is located in Northeast China, next to the Russian Far East and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and is home to a sizeable Korean ethnic minority - mainly descendants of Korean migrants who arrived in 1860 and 1945.

God Pictures: Korean Shaman Paintings

In this presentation, a western anthropologist, a Korean folklore scholar, and a Korean art historian describe the different paths and interests that led them to collaborate on their recent book about Korean shaman paintings, God Pictures in Korean Contexts, published by the University of Hawai’i press.

Lecture Video: Solitary Sage


How did North Korea's rich and powerful live under Kim Il Sung, how do they live now?

The existence within North Korean society of a privileged group of elite families is a well-known fact. The elite became hereditary in the 1960s, and around the same time they developed a number of mechanisms whose goal would be to support that modestly privileged lifestyle. Now we see the emergence of a new class of wealthy families as a form of market economy takes root unofficially. These people are also eager to show their earthly success, and they are, generally, less modest than their predecessors.

(confirmed) Special Tour of the spectacular Yeongsan-jae Buddhist Ceremony At Bongwon-sa, one of Seoul’s Greatest Temples

The Korean Yeongsan-jae or literally “Vulture-Mountain Ceremony” is a religious performance-genre of its own, consisting of various arts such as music, dance, drama, literature and philosophy. It is rooted in classical Buddhism but has merged with diverse Korean traditions, becoming one of the most important and characteristic traditional Buddhist rituals in Korea.

(confirmed - taking registrations) Gangneung Excursion

This excursion will take us to see and be part of one of the most important remaining centres of traditional Korea’s 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.

(confirmed) Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong: An Architectural Walk

During this excursion of Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong, we will look at a variety of styles of Korean architecture in the 20th century. The excursion will begin around Marronnier Park, which were Seoul National University and its Japanese colonial forerunner, the Gyeongseong Imperial University were located. Several university buildings built during the colonial period still stand, including the former headquarters building which was designed by Park Kil-yong (1898-1943), a noted Korean architect during the colonial period.


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