Talk: Juhn Ahn on “When Crows Cry and Rain Starts to Fall: Mongols, Temples, and the Late Koryǒ Elite”

November 25, 2014 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020
Humanities and Social Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, CA 93117
Dominic Steavu=Balint


Juhn Ahn
University of Michigan

About the Talk

Yŏnbok-sa, a grand Korean Buddhist temple that once stood in the heart of the Koryŏ capital, Kaegyŏng, as a memorial temple for the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan, became the site of a heated controversy over the legitimacy of Buddhism itself. Using the story of Yŏnbok-sa as a backdrop, this talk will examine why this controversy came about and how it was related to the fall of the Koryŏ and rise of the Chosŏn dynasty.


This talk is funded by the Department of Religious Studies, the East Asia Center, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies of the University of California, Santa Barbara.