Sacred Splendors of Gyeongju: Korea’s Ancient Capital with David Mason

Sacred Splendors of Gyeongju: Korea’s Ancient Capital with David Mason


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Gyeongju City is almost two millennia old, and for the first of those, it was the capital of the Shilla Kingdom, which ruled the entire nation for more than two centuries. Today it is one of Korea’s top tourist attractions, enjoying the status of “Ancient Capital,” similar to Xian of China and Kyoto of Japan. This seminar will explore the history of Gyeongju, Korea’s Ancient Capital along with four spectacular UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites of Gyeongju, Korea’s Ancient Capital. 
These include a spectacular Buddhist temple with hidden carved-cave shrine, royal palace-sites and tombs, an amazing sharp-ridged mountain covered with stone-carved Buddhas, pagodas and shrines, an authentic old aristocratic village with its unique Neo-Confucian Academy nearby, and other remarkable artworks on the sites and in the National Museum there. 
We’ll learn how most of the spectacular UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites were created in Korea’s First Golden Age of 600-800 CE and discuss the reasons for their amazing condition today. Whether or not you are already aware of the great scenic beauty of Korea’s many sacred sites, this informative and interactive lecture will explore sites through stunning colorful photos. After explaining the history and main characteristics of Gyeongju, we will focus on the treasures listed above – all of them now some of the globe’s 1200 or so official UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. We’ll learn of the many myths and legends these sites and monuments are infused with during our time together. 
Led by a renowned expert on the History of Korean Spirituality and Cultural Tourism, Professor David A. Mason, this interactive seminar will inform you of all that is most interesting about Gyeongju, Korea’s Ancient Capital. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased fascination with this amazing country's unique evolution and most-treasured sites. 

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. 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.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Sharon (Brooklyn, US)
Great talk!

David is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the topic. He had lots of beautiful photos and covered a lot of material.

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Sharon (Brooklyn, US)
Great talk!

David is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the topic. He had lots of beautiful photos and covered a lot of material.