Proposed Excursions for Wednesday 10th July afternoon and evening

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 If space is limited, we will accept reservation requests in the order received.

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(1) Tour of Paris by bus – Reservation Required!

Tibetans interpreters and helpers will be there. Departure from the INALCO at  14:00.

IATS participants price: 13 €. Free for recipients of financial aid from IATS.

 The blue tour, which we propose, allows the participants to view the most famous sites of Paris: the Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Place de la Concorde and its Obelisk square, Opéra House, Louvre Museum, Banks of the river Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Invalides.

 First departure: 14h00 from Inalco.


(2) Visit to the Tibet Collection, Musée national des Arts asiatiques - Guimet

Reservation Required!

Industrialist Pierre Émile Guimet (1836-1918) travelled in Asia and was commissioned by the French Government to collect artifacts from the entire world and especially the Far-East. He opened the Guimet Museum, Iéna Square, in 1886, where his collections, expanded by others, are now exhibited.

 Two guided tours (1 hour) with 25 people each are scheduled. Departures from the INALCO will be at 14h45 and 16h00.

 A guide from the Museum and a Tibetan interpreter will assist the participants. The visits are free with the possibility to use audiophones for free too. See:


 Address: 6 Place d’Iéna, Paris 16th. Subway station: Iéna (or Trocadéro)



(3) A Special Exhibit organized by the École française d’Extrême-Orient:

The travels of Jacques Bacot and the birth of modern Tibetan studies in France

A pioneering scholar of Tibetan studies, Jacques Bacot (1877-1965) traveled in eastern Tibet in 1906-1907 and 1909-1910. He made extended stays in Darjeeling and Kalimpong in 1913-1914, and again in 1931-1932. The chair of Tibetan studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études was officially created for him in 1936. In his publications and teachings, Bacot shows an extensive expertise on Tibetan language, culture and history.

The exhibition displays a selection of Bacot’s unpublished photographs stored at the École française d’Extrême-Orient, archive documents deposited at the Société asiatique, and personal items from the private collection of Olivier de Bernon, one of Bacot’s grandsons. It highlights the French traveler’s decisive contribution to the history of Tibetan studies.

 Two guided tours with Samuel Thévoz, specialist in travel literature to Tibet and in the history of Tibetan studies in France, are scheduled at 16:00 and 17:00. A reservation is required to join these tours, but the exhibit may be visited at other times, when the Maison de l’Asie is open, without reservation.