Korean Neo-Confucian Academies

a demonstration of seowoncurricula and housing literary works and documents as well as the introduction ofseowon institutions.

Veneration at dawn

Established in 1572 in Gyeongju City, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province,Oksan-seowon was established through the support of the localsarim and served as a base for their activities in the eastern Gyeongsangbuk-do Province area. The academy’s dominant activities in publishing and library service prove the significance ofseowon in the region. Not only the collections of the venerated scholar’s posthumous literary works and old books on Neo-Confucianism, but also on a wide range of topics related to the local community have been published and preserved in this academy.

Veneration at dawn

Yi Eon-jeok, the enshrined figure at Oksan-seowon, is well-known for his Neo-Confucian achievements in deepening and facilitating discussions on the theory of the universe and human existence. He even entered the central palace in the 16th century to voice his Neo-Confucian political opinions, and became the royal Neo-Confucian instructor. He typifies a Neo-Confucian scholar who worked as a government official.

Roof of seowon

Cheinmun gate

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