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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Conference on Kaesông
France, Paris, 06 April 2011
Elisabeth Chabanol is organizing a conference on Kaesông, une belle endormie: patrimoine et patrimonialisation d'une capitale historique de Corée. Yannick Bruneton, Elisabeth Chabanol, and Alain Delissen are presenting their work on this subject. READ MORE
Lecture by Elisabeth Chabanol on the
France, Paris, 07 January 2011
Lecture by Élisabeth Chabanol on "Les collections présentées au pavillon de la Corée à l'Exposition universelle de 1900 [Materials presented in the Korean pavilion at the 1900 Universal Exhibition]." READ MORE
Conference on the Buddhism of the Dilun and Huayan schools
Nonsan, Korea, 28 October 2010
Frédéric Girard participates in a conference on the Buddhism of the Dilun and Huayan schools, and the Dasheng quizinlun, at the Geumgang Center for Buddhist Studies (Geumgang University), on 28-30 October 2010.
Talk on Korean art collections overseas
Tapei, 25 October 2010
Élisabeth Chabanol presents a talk on “Korean Collections Kept Overseas: The Case of the Korean Pavilion at the Paris Exposition of 1900.”
Korea, Seoul, 21 June 2010
21 June 2010
Lecture by Élisabeth Chabanol (EFEO), Valérie Gelézeau (EHESS), and Koen de Ceuster
(Leiden University) on the topic “Interfaces, Interstices, and Enclaves: a decade of Korean debordering (1998-2008)”.