15-20 May 2016
EXCO in Daegu, Republic of Korea
Asia/Seoul timezone

Social Program

Evening Program

* Please note that schedule and event information are subject to change.
* You may register for each event by choosing each option on the on-line registration page.

Welcome Reception

 Date & Time

 May 16, 2016 │18:00~20:00

 Venue

 Hotel Inter-Burgo EXCO/ Iris Hall (B1F)

On Monday night, all delegates and accompanying persons are cordially invited to attend the welcome reception. It will be time to relax and warm up. Drinks and snacks will be served.

Conference Banquet

 Date & Time

  May 19, 2016│18:30~20:30

 Venue

 Hotel Inter-Burgo EXCO/ Iris Hall (B1F)

Banquet will be held on Thursday night, May 19, 2016. This will be a key networking event that will be attended by academics and science professionals from around the globe. 

 

Tour Program

* Please note that schedule and event information are subject to change.

* You may register for each event by choosing each option on the on-line registration page.

 Date & Time

 May 18, 2016 │12:00~18:30)

 Course

"Gyeongju Historical Sites Tour (UNESCO World Heritage Site)"

Gyeongju, which served as the royal capital of Silla for nearly a thousand years (57 BCE-935 CE), has a wealth of historical and cultural heritage, both above and under the ground, dating from prehistoric times to the Joseon period. Based on the city’s unparalleled historical and cultural legacy, for both Korea and the world, UNESCO added Gyeongju's historic areas to its World Heritage Sites in 2000.

 

Gyeongju Historical Sites Tour

EXCO (Conference venue) ⇒ Bulguksa Temple ⇒ Gyeongju Seokguram ⇒ Cheonmachong Tomb⇒ EXCO

 

Bulguksa Temple

Bulguksa Temple has been classified by the government as Historic and Scenic Site No. 1. Some of its important cultural properties include Dabotap (National Treasure No. 20), Seokgatap (National Treasure No. 21), Cheongungyo and Baegungyo (National Treasure No. 23), Yeonhwagyo and Chilbogyo (National Treasure No. 22), Geumdong Amita Yeoraejwasang, the seated gilt-bronze Amitabha Buddha (National Treasure No. 27), and Birojanabul, the seated gilt-bronze Vairocana Buddha (National Treasure No. 26). In December 1995, Bulguksa Temple was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, together with Seokguram Grotto.

Bulguksa Temple is a prime exemplar depicting Buddhist beliefs through architecture, manifesting an unparalleled architectural beauty difficult to find even in Asia.

 

Gyeongju Seokguram (Seokguram Ston Grotto and Buddha Statue)

Kim Dae-seong, the Prime Minister in the 10th year of King Gyeongdeok’s reign in the Silla era (751), established Seokguram Cave. At that time, it was called Seokbulsa. During King Gyeongdeok’s reign (742-765), a lot of cultural properties, including Bulguksa Temple, Hwangnyongsadaejong Bell, and Seokguram Cave, were made, which made the period the heyday of Silla’s Buddhist art.

The plane structure of the stone grotto is square in front and round at the back.

The Bonjonbul (the principle Buddha) statue is at the center, and various statues are carved on its girth, such as the Cheonbusang, Bosalsang, Nahansang, Geosasang, Sacheonwangsang, Inwangsang, and Palbusinjungsang statues. Unlike the stone grottos in Indian or Chinese temples, this stone grotto, which was assembled with artificially trimmed granite, is a masterpiece that harmoniously combines the ideal Buddhist world, science and technology, and sophisticated carving skills. Moreover, this stone grotto has a rectangular front chamber (entrance) and a circular main chamber, which are connected by a passage (corridor). Seokguram Cave is the culmination of Silla art and is valued as representative of Oriental Buddhist art. The Cave was registered in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1995.

 

   

Cheonmachong Tomb

Large ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom can be seen around Gyeongju at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). There are twenty-three large tombs located here; the most famous being Cheonmachong and Hwangnamdaechong. 

In an excavation of the area in the 1970s, Cheonmachong was discovered with a painting of a mounted horse. This painting is the only discovered painting from the Silla era. You can also view the inside of Cheonmachong. There are 11,526 remains and royal crowns inside the tomb, demonstrating the lavish lifestyle of the king. Another tourist attraction is Hwangnamdaechong, the largest ancient tomb. It houses the bodies of both the king and queen and has over 30 thousand relics and gold accessories. 

The unique thing about Hwangnamdaechong is that the queen's tomb has more luxurious accessories. Researchers have concluded that even the queen can have a high social position before marriage. You can feel the ancient culture of Korea 1,500 years ago when visiting these tombs.