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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Archaeological sites in Kaesông, North Korea
France, Paris, 27 February 2013
Lecture by Élisabeth Chabanol on the main historic and archaeological sites in Kaesông, North Korea.
Lecture on Buddhist Meditation
Korea, Seoul, 03 December 2012
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Address by Peter Skilling entitled "Buddhist Meditation: Who holds the monopoly?". READ MORE
Netherlands, Leiden, 20 September 2012
On 20 September, Élisabeth Chabanol is taking part in the round table organized by the Institute for Area Studies and the International Institute for Asian Studies at the University of Leiden with the aim of bringing together the points of view of specialists doing research on North Korea on the project Leiden Initiative on Northern Korea.
International Summer Session in Korean and East Asian Studies
Korea, Seoul, 11 July 2012
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Élisabeth Chabanol Is giving an intensive course entitled "Cultural Heritage Sites in North Korea" READ MORE
Lectures on Franco-Korean cultural relations
Korea, Seoul, 07 September 2011
On September 7 and 8 Élisabeth Chabanol is giving a series of lectures on late nineteenth-century Franco-Korean cultural relations as part of the Paris Foreign Missions in China. She is also discussing her activities in the Korean People's Democratic Republic.