Korean Neo-Confucian Academies

developed as the center of a scholastic genealogy.

Jeongyodang lecture hall

Established in 1574 in Andong City, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Dosan-seowon offers a vista of the flowing Nakdonggang River in front with all its buildings designed to face in the direction of this view.


After the death of the venerated scholar Yi Hwang, Dosan-seowon was developed out of Dosanseodang, the school where scholar Yi used to teach and provide lectures to his students, which continues to stand in the learning area of the academy today. Dosan-seowonwas a type for the reflection of a nature-friendly concept. In addition, the academy is known for its achievement of the minimum level of embellishment as fitting for Neo-Confucianism.

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The spiritual tablet of scholar Yi Hwang (1501-1570) is enshrined at the academy. Born in Andong City, Yi Hwang is recognized for his profound contributions to the development and systematization of Neo-Confucianism after its introduction from China. He was the leading figure among Neo-Confucian intellectuals during the mid-16th century. Many of his books and research projects became the Neo-Confucian guidelines forsarim, and were even exported to neighboring Japan where they created an influential impact among Japanese Neo-Confucianism. Under his leadership,seowon establishment was nationally promoted during the late-16th century, and details of education and venerations became systematized. The spiritual tablet of Jo Mok (1524-1606) was enshrined in 1614.

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