- 3 hours
Seoul Temple Tour
Jogyesa Temple – a Buddhist Oasis
From Confucianism to Catholicism
This is the only way that we can enter Jongmyo Shrine, as part of an English tour group. There will be points inside where our docent can add commentary.
We will meet near Jongmyo Shrine and we will end at Myeondong Cathedral.
We will take a taxi to our last stop. Between Jongmyo and Jogyesa we have the option of a scenic walk or a short bus/taxi ride.
David A. Mason is a Michigan-born professor of Korean Cultural Tourism at Sejong University, Seoul Campus, and a longtime researcher on Northeast Asian History and the religious characteristics of Korea's mountains. He offers vivid tours with deep contextual insight and fascinating details, telling many old stories relevant to the sites, with warm humor. He has been an academic in South Korea since 1986, and also served as a consultant for the national Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism and the United Nations World Tourism Organization for five years. He was appointed the national Honorary Ambassador of the Baekdu-daegan Mountain Ranges in 2011. Mason earned a Masters' Degree in the History of Korean Religions from Yonsei University in 1997. He has authored and edited ten books on Korean culture and tourism, including 'Spirit of the Mountains' about Korea's traditions of sacred mountains, the 'English Encyclopedia of Korean Buddhism', and 'Solitary Sage: The Profound Life, Wisdom and Legacy of Korea’s ‘Go-un’ Choi Chi-won'. He has published many articles in academic journals and popular magazines, and has frequently been interviewed on various mass-media. His popular website on sacred Korean mountains and mountain-spirit traditions can be found at www.san-shin.org.
Marie Boes graduated from Nottingham Trent University (UK) with a masters in Industrial Design. She received her bachelors from Antwerp University (Belgium). Her whole education has been scholarship funded. She moved to Korea in 2016 after she met her Korean husband during an Asia solo trip in 2014. Since meeting her husband she has been passionate about Korea, taking many courses and lectures about Korean history, culture, art (traditional painting, traditional Janggu drum, calligraphy and Bojagi patchwork) and language which she studies at The Cyber University of Korea. Currently she is working as a freelance travel writer and local guide. She has extensive experience in tourism and culture having worked for several government tourism organisations as a writer covering Korean tourist destinations and Korean culture, on top of that she runs her own blog and is involved in many cultural activities for foreigners. She has experience working as a French/English speaking guide in central Seoul and Gyeongsangbuk-do province which is located in the South , during these tours she would visit main historic tourist spots. When she is not working, you can find her travelling around Korea, discovering everything the country has to offer. You can read her articles on bemariekorea.com
Maria is currently a PhD student majoring in Korean History and Culture. Born in Romania, she has lived abroad for 10 years and she is proficient in 4 foreign languages. After graduating with a Master's Degree from Université d'Aix-Marseille (France) majoring in Korean Art History, she came to Korea in 2013 and started working with the Korean National Federation of UNESCO and as an instructor and guide. She loves Chinese characters, Asian calligraphy (Korean and Chinese) and she is particularly interested in Korea’s religious diversity. Her academic background offers a special insight over the city - being able to provide the clients with fascinating stories about Seoul, its palaces and temples, Korean kings and queens and the fengshui mysteries of its location. She is also passionate about world heritage and the ways to preserve it.
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