Museong-seowon

Korean Neo-Confucian Academies

a center for the edification of the local community.

Located in Jeongeup City of Jeollabukdo Province, Museong-seowon was established by local residents in 1615.

View during winter

It is a place where the venerated scholars— who had devoted in education and edification of the local community— had lived and worked at the time of establishment. Unlike otherseowon, the academy was established where the venerated scholar’s social activities mostly took place. The academy displays a unique type of seowon being located in the village rather than the natural scenery.

View from back

Museong-seowon enshrines the spiritual tablets of Choi Chi-won (857-?), JeongGeuk-in (1401-1481), Song Se-rim (1479?), Sin Jam (1491-1554), Jeong Un-chung (1706-1772), Kim Yak-muk (1500-1558) and Kim Gwon (1549-1622). They took part in the encouragement of learning in the local community. The academy is an exemplary model of edification and Neo-Confucian practice in a way that it chose to serve those who had propagated study in the local village. The selection of venerated figures stands in a stark contrast to otherseowon, which chose the honored based on academic research and study.

Myeongnyundang lecture hall

Asseowon’s social function had expanded, the selection of the landscape settings and building composition had transformed. Museong-seowon opted for the location within the village with openly designed buildings, all of which are all connected among themselves and oriented towards the village. In the premise of the academy, various pavilions and shrines related to the local sarim were built as one of important and proud legacies of the village. The location of the academy is a unique case among the nine components.

Naesammun gate

Museong-seowon enshrines the spiritual tablets of Choi Chi-won (857-?), JeongGeuk-in (1401-1481), Song Se-rim (1479?), Sin Jam (1491-1554), Jeong Un-chung (1706-1772), Kim Yak-muk (1500-1558) and Kim Gwon (1549-1622). They took part in the encouragement of learning in the local community. The academy is an exemplary model of edification and Neo-Confucian practice in a way that it chose to serve those who had propagated study in the local village. The selection of venerated figures stands in a stark contrast to otherseowon, which chose the honored based on academic research and study.

Taesansa shrine