Korean Neo-Confucian Academies

providing reference to financial aspect of seowon.

Cheongjeoldang lecture hall

Piram-seowon was established in 1590 in Jangseong County, Jeollanamdo Province.

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Piram-seowon enshrines the spiritual tablet of Kim In-hu (1510-1560). Scholar Kim is recognized for his works schematizing the theories of Neo-Confucianism during the mid-16th century. Based on this knowledge, he became a royal teacher of the crown prince. He typifies a scholar who served as a government official. His works on such a wide range of activities symbolize the expansion of sarim’s influence from educating local communities to teaching high-ranking officials in the palace. His student Yang Ja-jing (1523-1594) has been additionally venerated since 1786.

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With a significant influence from Kim In-hu, the academy became a leader among local sarimand the nearby seowonin Jeollanam-do Province. Furthermore, sarim around this region organized a militia at Piram-seowon to fight against the Japanese invasions of Korea in 1592. The academy was razed by Japanese troops in 1597, but it was recovered in 1624 with the suppo0rt of the local sarim. Piram-seowon is the onlyseowonin Jeollanam-do Province to survive the national shutdown in the 19th century.


Udongsa shrine