RAS Lecture on Korea’s Early-Modern Relations with the USA and Japan, and some Mid-Winter Tours

David Mason mntnwolf at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 13 09:38:08 EST 2008

Upcoming Royal Asiatic Society – Korea activities 
of potential interest to Korea-Studiers:

This Tuesday January 15th:  
Well-known 19th-20th-cen Historian-of-Korea Prof Lew 
Young-ik (PhD Harvard 1972, Chair of Korean Studies at 
the Yonsei Univ GSIS) will give the first RAS Lecture 
of the year, on "Early Korean Encounters with the United
States and Japan.  That’s the title of his new book, 
published by the RAS-K, which will be offered for sale 
and autographing at the special discount price of 
w24,000 at the event.  
   His speech will provide an interesting overview of 
the six essays costituting this tome, each presenting 
new perspectives on the crucial events and personages 
of the 1860-1910 era.   
   7:30pm in the Resident’s Lounge of the Somerset 
Palace Residence near Anguk Metro Station, as usual.  
Free for Members, w5000 donation requested from others.

Sat January 19th: Cheorwon County Tour 
A trip to the northern border region of South Korea, where
we can see some of the remains of the conflict that divided
the peninsula and visit an observation tower to peer across
the border to the closed North Korea-region. During this
time, many different birds migrate from China, like cranes
and some other wild birds.

Sun January 20th: Snow Country Scenery Train Tour
This 7:45am ~ 8:57pm tour provides passengers an
opportunity to enjoy "romantic snow scenery" winter days.
There will be two rest stops along the way: Chujon Station
(50 minutes) and Sungbu Station (1:35).

Sat January 26th: Winter Break Tour – Gwangneung and
Sanjeong-ho Lake  
This excursion will help to cure any case of "cabin fever."
 Our tour will take us to Gwangnung, the tomb of King Sejo
and his queen, located in the picturesque National Forest
Reserve, and the enchanting Sanjong Lake to enjoy skating
and hiking.

Sun January 27th:  Sogni-san National Park Tour with
Beobju-sa Temple
Today we’ll take a bus to visit Beobju-sa, one of Korea’s
largest and most-scenic Buddhist temples, site of the only
surviving five-story wooden pagoda and also Korea’s largest
standing bronze Buddha, set against the stunning natural
beauty of Mt. Songni.

January is a great time for scholars and students to become
an RAS Member, then get discounts and information on books
and activities all year long. More info on any of this: our
website http://www.raskb.com and Seoul Office 963-9483.

David A. Mason  
Professor of Korean Tourism, KyungHee University
Office #710, College of Hotel and Tourism Management
Phone: 02-961-0852    Mobile: 011-9743-9753

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