This Saturday at 1pm I’ll be leading a Royal Asiatic Society excursion to Jeong-dong, the historic area behind Deoksu Palace, where missionary schools, churches, and Western Embassies can be found. There I’ll tell the stories of how Americans, Canadians, British, and others took part in Korea’s history between 1883 and 1945, a period of initial contact, wars, and resistance to Japanese imperialism.
On this excursion we’ll visit sites such as the former National Assembly, the Anglican cathedral, the former Korean Supreme Court building, Baejae Hakdang, Jeong-dong First Methodist Church, Ewha Girl's High School, Jungmyeongjeon Hall, the Salvation Army building, and the remains of the former Russian Legation. We will also observe various dilapidated or vanished buildings and paths that are currently being restored and discuss the preservation of the past in Jeong-dong.
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