• Sat, April 27, 2019
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Internationals of Korea are invited to join a unique tour of a fascinating place that few international residents ever get to see, and most Koreans are ignorant of or will deny that it exists, yet is right on the edge of downtown Seoul and can be clearly seen from afar! Come with us to experience and understand the “headquarters” of Korean spirit-worship!

As the Shamanic shrines of Inwang-sa are built on a very steep slope, some serious uphill climbing is necessary on cement stairways and roads; but it’s worth it!

We will begin with Sajik Park itself, including the Joseon-Dynasty Altars to the Earth and Harvest.  Then we will visit the large modern shrine for mythical National Founding-King Dan-gun Wanggeon just up behind the Park, and learn about the background myth and its continuing modern significance.

Then we will proceed to walk for about 20 minutes up to the Inwang-sa area of Inwang-san, the very rocky mountain just west of Gyeongbok Palace, which has been the most active site of Korean shamanism for many hundreds of years.  We will see the mystic Seon-bawirocks, the Guksa-dangNational Spirit Shrine, several examples of active shamanic shrines, and stand on top of a giant boulder for one of the best views of Seoul there is.  We just might see some live-action Shamanism happening right in front of us – or we may not, you never know!

Please join us for this opportunity to see and learn some fundamental aspects of Korean Buddhist, folk-Buddhist, Neo-Confucian and Shamanic culture!

Tour Leader: Prof. David Mason

David A. Mason is an American who has been in Korea since 1982. He is an expert on the history of Korean traditional culture and has authored many books and articles.  He currently serves as a professor of Cultural Tourism at Seoul’s Sejong University.

Participants: 10 minimum – 20 maximum

Note:

  • This tour will be held in cooperation with the German Club Seoul.
  • Non-Members pay an additional fee towards Welfare.

Location

Venue:

Address:

89-1, Jeokseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Venue Information:

  • Gyeongbokgung Station  (경복궁역)  #327
  • Exact meeting point will be communicated to registered participants before the event.