Royal Asiatic Society offers Gangwon Province excursions

Royal Asiatic Society offers Gangwon Province excursions

The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch is running two overnight excursions to Gangwon Province destinations in the coming weeks.

A trip to Mount Seoraksan will run from Oct 25-26. The tour will leave at 8 a.m. and begin with some afternoon hiking to Biryong - or "Flying Dragon" - waterfalls, the site of some of the mountain's most quintessential fall scenery.

There will be a short trip to Shinheungsa Temple, before dinner and an optional dip in the Cheoksan local hot springs.

The second day will offer two choices: hiking or spa. The hiking option will involve a climb to the top of Ulsanbawi Rock, with less energetic hikers offered an easier option. A trip to one of the mountain's peaks by cable car will follow. The spa option will take in Waterpia spa resort.

An excursion to Gangneung will follow from Nov. 1-2, with a tour of buildings listed as cultural treasures. The group will also stay the night in one of the most important of them, Seonkyojang, the 18th-century estate of Gangneung's most important aristocratic family.

The tour will be guided by Peter Bartholomew, who has lived in Korea for 43 years and lived at Seonkyojang from 1968-72.

The first day will include visits to Gangneung Gwan-a, the Joseon era centre of provincial government, as well as an early 15th-century Confucian academy, the 19th-century aristocratic pavilions by Gyeongpo Lake and a nearby shamanistic shrine.

Rounding off the day, the tour group will look around Gyeongpodae Pavilion, a 17th-century pleasure pavilion with historical, cultural and literary significance.

After an in-depth walking tour of the Seonkyojang estate on Nov 2, there will be a period of relaxation, with tea and traditional Korean rice cakes in its lotus lake pavilion.

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