The Seoul Centre, South Korea

Seoul Centre

Head : Elisabeth Chabanol
#201, Asiatic Research Institute
Korea University, 145 Anam-ro
Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841
Republic of Korea
Tel.: + 82 2 921 45 26
Fax: + 82 2 953 23 86

The creation of the Seoul Branch Office in 1994 marked the beginning of the EFEO presence in Korea. In 2001 the School recruited its first Korean studies specialist and signed a new agreement with its host institution, the Asian Research Institute (ARI) of Korea University. This led to new research programs in art history and Korean national heritage conservation.

The cooperative programme between the above-mentioned institutions, local and European specialists, extends to include the EFEO's work from Séoul to P'yôngyang.

Current research program:

  • Archaeological study of funerary practices of North-Eastern Asia
  • History, archaeology, and art history of the Kaesông site in the People's Democratic Republic of Korea
  • Franco-Korean cultural relations in the late 19th and early 20th century

In current research projects, the EFEO Seoul Centre closely cooperates with the Korean National Museums, The Seoul Museum of History and the Korea Universityin the Republic of Korea, and the National Bureau for Cultural Properties Conservation in the People's Democratic Republic of Korea.

The Centre encourages scholarly exchanges with researchers and students from European institutions and maintains close cooperation with the Centre for Research on Korea at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS - School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) and the Paris 7 University in Paris, and the Leiden University.

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The Seoul centre
Head: Elisabeth Chabanol

#201, Asiatic Research Institute
Korea University, 145 Anam-ro
Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Republic of Korea

Tel: +82 2 921 4526
Fax: +82 2 953 2386

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XXXIIIrd Seoul Colloquium in Korea Studies
Seoul, Republic of Korea, 20 October 2020
The XXXIIIrd Seoul Colloquium in Korea Studies, organized by the EFEO Center in Seoul, in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society, is led by Bernard Sénécal (Professor Emeritus at Sogang University) on the theme: "Life and Works of Seon 禪 Master Seongcheol 性徹 (1912-1993) - the most famous Korean Buddhist monk in the 20th century".
At 6 p.m. at the EFEO Center in Seoul.

Legend: The great monk Seongcheol. Copyrights: 백련암문화제단 & 성철 선사상 연구소 (Baek Ryeon Am Cultural Foundation and Research Institute for Sung Chol Zen Thought).
EFEO publications

In order to highlight the EFEO publications, a new website dedicated to them is online.
You can now consult the catalog of all the books published since the creation of the EFEO and buy directly those that interest you HERE.
EFEO on Instagram

Follow the virtual photo library of the EFEO on Instagram account: ecolefrancaisedextremeorient
Death in Korea during the Three Kingdoms period
France, Paris, 24 May 2013
Marc Orange and Élisabeth Chabanol speak on the topic: "La mort en Corée à l'époque des Trois Royaumes: les tombes du Silla [Death in Korea during the Three Kingdoms period: the Silla tombs]." READ MORE
"Kyoje" Workshop
France, Aix-en-Provence, 15 May 2013
On May 15 and 16, at the University of, Élisabeth Chabanol is taking part in the workshop on Kyoje: Matériaux pour l'enseignement de la culture coréenne [Kyoje: teaching materials in Korean Culture] being organized by the Réseau des Études sur la Corée [Network for Korean Studies]-Paris Consortium (Paris Diderot, Inalco, EHESS).