ICA Congress 2016 Update

The International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress took place last week from September 5-10 in Seoul, South Korea. The international conference took place at the Coex Convention & Exhibition Center located in Samseong-dong of Gangnam-gu district and is of South Korea’s largest convention and exhibition centers. Indeed, the place is immense that boasts a four-story center with four exhibition halls and 48 meeting rooms.

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The stone statue, Maitreya, Bongeunsa Temple

Most of the participants of the Congress took time from the busy schedule to visit the Bongeunsa Temple which was conveniently situated across the street from the Coex. The Bongeunsa Temple is a Buddhist temple that dates back to 794. In 1939, and again during the Korean War (1950-1953), most of the temple buildings were heavily damaged or destroyed by fire. Between 1941 and 1982, repairs and renovations have been done to try to restore it to its past glory.The highlight of the temple is a 28 meter (91 foot) stone statue of Maitreya, the Future Buddha. This statue is one of the tallest stone statues in the country. The oldest remaining building is a library that was constructed in 1856. The library contains Flower Garland Sutra woodblock carvings and 3,479 Buddhist scriptures including the works of Kim Jeong-hee.

I will have a full report of the Congress very soon. But, until then, I would like to share some photos with you…

 

The city of Seoul was ready for the conference as banners strewed the streets.

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The auditorium was used for participants to have lunch. It was also used as the venue for the Gala towards the end of the conference.

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Here is another auditorium where the Congress kicked-off and where the distinguished keynote speakers gave their talks during the week.

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The front facade of the COEX convention center.

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About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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