ANFEP 2012: South Korea

ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP)
Deepening Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
Seminars in India, South Korea and Vietnam

“Understanding Global Trends through Korean History:
Cultural Synthesis, Colonialism, Cold War and Globalization”

June 9 – July 1, 2012


Dr. Brandon Palmer, Coastal Carolina University

2012 South Korea Seminar: Program Details

2012 Korea Seminar: Detailed Itinerary

Thur. June 9:    Leave United States

Fri. June 10:    Arrive in Seoul

Sat.-Sun. June 11-12:    Travel to Andong
Andong remains a bastion of traditional Confucianism in Korea. The village is a living monument to traditional Korean culture. Two nights will be spent at a traditional Korean home (Han’ok).

Mon. June 13:    Gyŏngju
The group will visit the ancient burial mounds of Silla Dynasty (57BCE-935CE) kings and queens at Daerŭngwŏn Tomb Complex as well as visit Gyŏngju National Museum. The evening will be spent at Anapji Park, a palace complex that is illuminated at night.

Tue. June 14:    Day in Gyŏngju
Visit Bulguksa Temple and S?kguram Grotto, historical sites of religious importance during the Silla Dynasty.

Wed.-Thur. June 15-16:    Buddhist Temple Stay at Haeinsa Temple
Two days and one night will be spend as a templestay at Haeinsa Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage site) which houses the Tripitaka Koreana (wooden printing blocks carved in 1251).

Fri.-Sun. June 17-19:    Jeju Island
The group will spend three days on Jeju Island, a region of South Korea that has a culture that is distinctive from the rest of Korea, and has a wealth of natural beauty.

Mon. June 20:    Travel to Seoul
Observation of Seoul from the 63 Building (the tallest skyscraper in South Korea).

Tue. June 21:    Seoul
Tour Kyŏngbok Palace, Changdŏk Palace and Biwŏn Garden. Kyŏngbok Palace was the primary residence of many of Korea’s kings during the Chosŏn Dynasty and Changdŏk Palace was a favored residence of many princes.

Wed. June 22:    Seoul
Morning tour of an outdoor market at Namdaemun. In the evening attend a performance at the National Center for Traditional Performing Arts.

Thur. June 23:    Seoul
Tour the campus of Yonsei University and meet with a group of students. Fri.

June 24:    Ch’ŏnan
The group will visit the Independence Hall, a seven exhibition hall complex dedicated primarily to preserving the history of the Korean independence movement. A question and answer session will be held with a scholar from the Independence Hall.

Sat. June 25:    Yongjin
Spend the day at a traditional Korean folk village that provides performances and hands-on activities.

Sun. June 26:    Seoul
In the morning, attend services at the Yoido Full Gospel Church, one of the largest and most powerful Christian churches in Korea. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Korean Military Academy and hold a discussion regarding national and regional security with an officer in the South Korean military.

Mon. June 27:    Seoul
Visit the Northeast Asian Historical Foundation for a special lecture on the contentious relationship between Japan and Korea. Have dinner at Korea House, a dinner theater that provides performances of traditional Korean arts.

Tue. June 28:    Seoul
Tour the Blue House, the residence of South Korea’s president, and visit the Korean Democracy Foundation (a NGO) for a lecture on the democratization of Korea in the 1980s.

Wed. June 29:    Demilitarized Zone
Take a day tour of the DMZ and Joint Security Area, one of the last frontiers of the Cold War.

Thur. June 30:    Seoul
Hold a question and answer session with a North Korean defector about life inside of North Korea.

Fri. July 1:    Return to United States

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