All participants are invited to attend the following cultural programmes. ICOM 2004 Seoul is seeking to
provide opportunities to promote old friendships and create new ones with colleagues from around the world. Also it will offer chances to experience the Korean cultural heritage and discover the beauty of both old and new Korea.

  Welcome Reception with Performance

Hosted by Mr. Myung-Bak Lee, Governor and Mayor of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, at the garden of Gyunghee Palace, one of the five Royal Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty in Seoul. The reception will include Korean traditional music and dance performances.
  Opening Event and Gala Dinner

Hosted by Mr. Chang-Dong Lee, Minister of Culture and Tourism. A special Korean traditional cultural performance will be shown at COEX.
  Cultural Events and Performances

During the General Conference there will be a range of cultural events and performances arranged under the theme of "Power and Spirit of Korean Traditional Intangible Heritage". From the Welcome Reception to the Farewell Party the finest examples of Korean traditional performing arts will be coordinated for the ICOM delegates. Shaman dance, Pansori (Korean epic chants), and Ancestral Ritual Music and Dance are a few examples of the performances. Keynote Sessions and Forum Discussion will also include the presentation of Korean traditional performing arts. Each program will be selected to enrich the contents of the presentation and also for appreciation and pleasure. Intangible heritages in modern forms will be considered to be a part of the programmes.
  Excursion Day

- Around SEOUL Free of charge -

Seoul is the capital of Republic of Korea and it has been developed around Han River from ancient times. The river divides Seoul into south and north and the rapid industrialization of Korea was once called the ?Miracle of Han River?. About ten million people live within its 605 km2 boundary and the city is the center of political, commercial and cultural activities in Korea. Seoul had been the capital of the Joseon Dynasty from 1392 to 1910 A.D. and was also the ancient capital of the Baekje Kingdom from 1 B.C. to 4 A.D.. Its first human settlement can be traced back to the prehistoric periods. Its long and rich history can be found throughout museums, royal palaces, prehistoric and historical sites in Seoul.

E1 - Historical Seoul

Discover the history of Korea at the most prestigious museums in Seoul and visit the most grandeur palaces of Joseon Dynasty. Starting the tour in the Olympic Park and Hanmi Photography Museum to New National Museum in Yongsan, which will open its doors only for the ICOM visitors prior to its scheduled opening in 2005. Within Gyeongbok Palace there are two major museums to represent the 5000 years of cultures in Korean peninsula. Changdeok Palace has been recognised as the World Heritage in 1997 and visitors will have a chance to stroll the Secret Garden like the Joseon royals used to.

Olympic Park and Hanmi Photography Museum, New National Museum in Yongsan, the National Museum and National Folk Museum of Korea in Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul Museum of History and Changdeok Palace (UNESCO World Heritage).

E2 - Contemporary Arts in Seoul

Contemporary art is very much alive in Korea and Seoul is the city to explore its live scenes. At the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon you can enjoy the works of major Korean artists. The newly constructed Samsung Museum of Modern Art which was designed by renowned architects, Mario Botta, Rem Koolhaas and Jean Nouvel will open on the sunny side of Mt. Namsan just in time for ICOM 2004 SEOUL. Artsonje Center Seoul which is tucked in the most well preserved traditional village in Seoul, Bukchon (North Town near royal palaces), is just a delight to browse and at the foyer of Rodin Gallery you can find a tranquil moment in the midst of the busy city center.

National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon, Samsung Museum of Modern Art, Artsonje Center Seoul and Rodin Gallery.

E3 - Historical sites and Contemporary Arts

National Museum in Yongsan, Jongmyo Shrine(World Heritage), National Musuem in Gyeongbok Palace, Joseon Royal Museum in Deoksu Palace, Seoul Museum of Arts and Rodin Gallery.

- Around GYEONGGI PROVINCE Free of charge

Gyeonggi Province surrounds the metropolis of Seoul and its geographical proximity to Seoul has played an important role in supporting the commercial growth and trade. Its area extends to 10,000 km2 occupied by a population of over 10 million people. Since prehistoric time, this area has been highly populated because of its rich natural environment. Countless prehistoric and historic sites remain in this area. In Gyeonggi Province, there are more than seventy museums including Gyeonggi Provincial Museum and the Korean Folk Village. One of the most interesting sites is the DMZ in the northern part of Gyeonggi Province. It should not be missed by first time visitors to Korea.

E4 - DMZ (Demilitarised Zone)

The Biggest 21st Century Eco-Museum and the Remains of the 20th Century Ideological Conflicts.

The DMZ was designated as a buffer zone between North and South Korea at the Panmunjeom pavilions on July 27, 1953 when UN and North Korea made the historical armistice agreement of the Korean War. The DMZ is the only place in the world where confronting ideologies still face each other. The DMZ ranges from the Han River Estuary, at the western end of Korea, to 39 north latitude on the East Coast. The only permanent residents of the DMZ are the various flora and fauna that are sheltered from human disturbance. The DMZ is the unique place where peace and tension coexist and people long for peace and the unification of Korea continue to visit without fail.

The War Memorial of Korea at Yongsan, Observatory of Unification Park and Imjin River, Dora Observatory, Panmunjeom, Imjingak and Latin American Cultural Center.

E5 - Gyeonggi Tour A

Suwon (Hwaseong Fortress, UNESCO World Heritage), the Capital of the Gyeonggi Province, and Adjacent Area.

The present capital of Gyeonggi Province was called Hwaseong during the Joseon period. This historic city was planned and constructed by King Jeongjo in the late 18th century and the King also built a palace the Fortress away from Seoul (called Hanyang during the Joseon Dynasty). Its original landscape has been changed, however the Hwaseong Fortress still remains as the reminder of the brilliance of King Jeongjo?s innovation and the palace site has been reconstructed recently. The easiest way to know traditional Korean life and culture is to visit the Korean Folk Village.

Hoam Art Museum and Korean Traditional Garden, Korean Folk Village and Museum, Ie-young Contemporary Art Museum, Hwaseong Fortress(World Heritage) and the Royal Palace in Suwon.

E6 - Gyeonggi Tour B

Along the Han River in the East of Seoul

The Han River played important roles as free ways to deliver goods and along the River various industrial villages were located during the Joseon Dynasty. Ceramic industries for the Royals and governments were flourished in that period and left many kiln sites along the River. In the Icheon city numerous kiln sites were excavated and the museums, which are specialized in ceramics, will provide the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Korean ceramics. The beautiful tumuli park of King Sejong who invented many scientific instruments as well as Korean alphabets, (Hangul) is located in Yeoju. In addition, Mok-A Museum provides chances to watch wonderful images of Buddha and other figures wood-carved by one of the living heritages in Korea.

Joseon Royal Ceramic Kiln Museum, Tomb of King Sejong, Mok-A Museum, Haegang Ceramic Museum, and World Ceramic Expo village.

- Tour to Outside of Seoul-Gyeonggi Area -

E7- Gyeongju, Ancient Capital of the Silla Kingdom USD 50 ( 20)

Located 380 Km south of Seoul, it was the capital of the Silla Kingdom for 1000 years from 57 B.C. One of the most important ancient city sites in Asia. Old Buddhist temple sites, palace sites, ancient tombs and other archaeological remains are designated as World Heritages by UNESCO. All sites are preserved excellently in a wonderful landscaped area.

Gyeongju National Musuem, Bulguk Temple, Seokuram Grotto, Anapji Pond, Hwangyong Temple Site, Half moon-shaped Royal Fortress, and Folk Craft Village.

E8 - Gongju, Ancient capital of Baekje Kingdom and Daejeon, City of Science ( 20)

The two cities are situated about 150 Km south of Seoul. Royal tombs, temples and fortress on hills are overlooking the beautiful Gum River. The New Gongju National Museum will open just before the ICOM meeting. In Daejeon, the National Science Museum and the Gyeryong Natural History Museum are preparing special programs for ICOM guests. A short visit to the Cultural Properties Administration and National Institute of Cultural Properties will also be arranged.

National Science Museum, Gyeryongsan Natural History Museum, Gongju National Museum, Tomb of King Muryeong, Cultural Properties Administration and National Institute of Cultural Properties.

  Farewell Party

Hosted by Mr. Hak-kyu Sohn, the Governor of Gyeonggi Province, at the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, about one hour's drive to the south from COEX. The host will provide transportation.

Exhibitions of national committees, sponsoring organisations, souvenir shops, museum equipments and other museum-related commercial products will be arranged.

The Exhibition will be open during the following hours:

 3 October 11:00-17:00
 4 October - 7 October 09:00-17:00
 8 October 09:00-16:00

The Exhibition is in the Jangbogo Hall of COEX on the same 3rd floor as the conference.

Opening Ceremony for ICOM 2004 SEOUL Exhibition will take place in the morning on Sunday, 3 October right after the Conference Opening Ceremony and will be followed by Keynote Sessions. The Minister of Culture and Tourism, President of the ICOM, Chairmen of the ICOM 2004 SEOUL will lead dignitaries and guests on the ribbon-cutting Ceremony in front of the exhibition hall.


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