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Lecture by Juhyung Rhi, professor of Archaeology and Art History at Seoul National University
June 19, 6 pm at the Korean Cultural Service New York


In a special collaboration with the Korean Cultural Service New York and the Lee Young Hee Museum of Korean Culture, a special lecture by Juhyung Rhi, professor of Archaeology and Art History at Seoul National University titled <Gyeongju, the City of History: The People of Silla and Their Life, Death, and Religion> will be held on Wednesday, June 19th at the Korean Cultural Service NY.

Gyeongju is the recognized capital of Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea and the longest reigning dynasties in the history of the world. Though there are numerous ancient cities with great historic value, yet there are few that have been established as the crux of a dynasty over such an extensive period of time, witnessing both its rise and fall. This special lecture will cover not only the city planning process of Gyeongju, but will cover its royal palace and various temples as well.

Professor Juhyung Rhi, currently at Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study working on his next upcoming publication, is an established scholar in Buddhist art, primarily in the tradition of Gandhara art. The Silla dynasty is known as the golden age of Buddhist art in the Korean peninsula, and Professor Rhi will provide valuable insight on the strong Buddhist influence on the dynasty and how it intertwined with the geographic history of Gyeongju as the center of the Silla kingdom. With the Silla dynasty as a historical and chronological backdrop, Professor Rhi will discuss in detail the quintessential beauty and subtleties of Korean Buddhist art.

Professor Juhyung Rhi received his B.A. in Archaeology and Art History at Seoul National University (1984) and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley (1886, 1991). In 2003, he was appointed the Numata visiting professor of Buddhist studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently a professor of Archaeology and Art History at Seoul National University. He is the author of Gandhara Art (2003, awarded the Baeksang Art Award in the Academic Publication field), Afghanistan, A Lost Civilization (2004), and a co-author of East Asian Pilgrims and indian Buddhist Monuments (2009). Professor Rhi is also the author of over 50 publications including “Between Aesthetics and Religion: Two Different Dimensions in Seeing Buddha Images" (2007) and "The Idea of Buddha in Buddhist Art" (2009).

The upcoming special lecture does not require an admission fee, but due to limited seating, RSVPs are required. Please contact the Lee Young Hee Museum (212-560-0722, sungjs@gmail.com) to reserve your seat. This event is sponsored by the Korea Forum International (KFI).

▶Time: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6 to 8 PM
▶Location: Gallery Korea at the Korean Cultural Service NY
460 Park Ave. 6th Fl., New York, NY 10022
▶RSVP and Inquiries: 212-560-0722, sungjs@gmail.com