Cheongjuhyanggyo Confucian School

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Basic info

  • AssortmentTangible Cultural Asset 39
  • AddressDaeseong-ro 122beon-gil, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do (Daeseong-dong)
  • Contact for inquire82-43-253-3365
  • SummaryCheongjuhyanggyo Confucian School, located at the southeastern foot of Uamsan Mountain, was a representative educational institute of Cheongju during the Joseon Dynasty. It is said that the school was founded during the reign of King Taejo. In the 26th year of King Sejong’s (1446) reign, the king visited Chojeong and granted books to Cheongjuhyanggyo Confucian School. In the 10th year of King Sejo’s (1464) reign, the king himself took part in a ceremony at the school, which was the greatest Hyanggyo Confucian School in Sannam. Cheongjuhyanggyo Confucian School was moved to where it is now in the 9th year of King Sukjong’s (1683) reign. Since then, the school has undergone several repairs.
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A Hyanggyo Confucian School is an organization of the local government and is comparable to today’s public middle school. The place was used to pay respect to old scholars, educate children, spread national philosophies to regions, and enhance local culture with a focus on establishing Confucianism as a traditional social norm in Korea. They began to taper off near the end of the Joseon Dynasty as Seowon, a private educational organization, began to open in each area.

Cheongjuhyanggyo Confucian School is represented by Daeseongjeon Shrine, which is a Confucian shrine, and Myeongnyundang Hall, an auditorium which serves as the center of Confucian education. Daeseongjeon Shrine pays tribute to the memory of Confucius and leading Confucian scholars from both Korean and China, and holds the Seokjeonje Ceremony in honor of them every spring and fall. The yard fronting Daeseongjeon is popular as a venue for traditional Korean weddings.

Its affiliated buildings are the Dongmu Shrine and Seomu Shrine in front of Daeseongjeon Shrine as well as the Yanghyeondang and Gyeonguije outside Oesammun Gate. Yanghyeondang was used as a classroom and a meeting room while Gyeonguije was an office room. This place enhances the cultural level of Cheongju citizens by conducting a liberal arts education such as calligraphy, Chinese letters, and traditional etiquette.

* Cultural tourism interpreters offer free explanations about Cheongjuhyanggyo Confucian School.

How to come

Cheongju IC – Move 11.01km along Garosu-ro - Turn right towards the ‘Provincial Office and Chungbuk Cultural Center’ – Move 150m along Daeseong-ro – Turn left - Move 430m along Daeseng-ro 122beon-gil - Arrival