Oksan Seowon, Gyeongju

The Oksan Seowon is a seowon (a private educational institution in Korea which functioned as both an academy and a Confucian shrine)[1] located at Oksan-ri, Angang-eup in the city of Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. Seowon is a type of local academy during the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). It was established by Yi Je-min, (李齊閔), the minister of Gyeongju and local Confucian scholars in 1572, the fifth year of King Seonjo's reign, to commemorate the scholarly achievement and virtue of Confucian scholar and politician Yi Eon-jeok (1491–1553).[2][3]

Oksanseowon Confucian Academy
UNESCO World Heritage Site
경주 옥산서원 무변루.jpg
LocationOksan-ri, Angang-eup, Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Part of"Yangdong Cluster: Oksanseowon Confucian Academy, Dongnakdang House" part of Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong
CriteriaCultural: (iii), (iv)
Inscription2010 (34th Session)
Coordinates36°0′43″N 129°9′49″E / 36.01194°N 129.16361°E / 36.01194; 129.16361Coordinates: 36°0′43″N 129°9′49″E / 36.01194°N 129.16361°E / 36.01194; 129.16361
Official nameOksan-seowon
Part ofSeowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies
CriteriaCultural: (iii)
Inscription2019 (43rd Session)
Area6.44 ha (15.9 acres)
Buffer zone80.83 ha (199.7 acres)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationOksan Seowon
McCune–ReischauerOksan Sŏwŏn
Oksan Seowon, Gyeongju is located in South Korea
Oksan Seowon, Gyeongju
Location of Oksan Seowon, Gyeongju in South Korea

Hoejae Yeongjeok left office and built the main building as the main building in the stream of Oksan in Gyeongju's Angang-eup near Yangdong Village. For this reason, after Hoejae died, Oksan Seowon was built near Dokrakdang. Oksan Seowon is located in Seshimdae, and it means to wash one's mind with water falling from Yongchu and seek learning through nature.[4]

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  1. ^ Seowon, Confucian Academies of Korea.
  2. ^ Martin Robinson, Ray Bartlett, Rob Whyte ( 2007) "Korea" Lonely Planet, ISBN 1-74104-558-4 pp.208-209
  3. ^ (in Korean) 옥산서원 玉山書院 Nate / EncyKorea
  4. ^ Oksan Seowon

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