Kyujanggak images

Past Exhibition Current Exhibition

□ Duration: Oct. 16 (Fri.), 2015 ~ Jan. 16 (Sat.), 2016

□ Venue: Exhibition Room (B1), Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies (Bldg. 103), SNU

□ Opening Ceremony: Oct. 16 (Fri.) 3:00 pm

Books contain years of accumulated human wisdom and play a vital role in allowing readers to become aware of the world around them. During the Joseon Dynasty, great efforts were made to assimilate and absorb new knowledge and culture from the outside world. This fact is made evident by the diversity of Chinese books held at Kyujanggak.
While keeping the time-honored traditions of the Joseon Dynasty, King Jeongjo established Kyujanggak as a repository of numerous books, But he also wanted Kyujanggak to become a place where wisdom and knowledge could be created in abundance. Future generations also kept King...
Duration: Oct. 16 (Thu.), 2014 ~ Jan. 15 (Thu.), 2015
According to King Jeongjo, who established Kyujanggak, scholars are the driving force of the nation, and therefore the king needs to respect them and nurture them carefully as if they were precious trees and young buds. He thus took it upon himself to personally meet students at Seonggyungwan, and sometimes even gave orders to recommend wise scholars for office. At its founding, the Joseon dynasty pledged to do its utmost to cultivate and select for office men of talent, and henceforth the fostering of those with talent, scholarship, and initiative became a task that engrossed all of Joseon society. It is against this context that King Jeongjo’s statement has to be understood.

This special exhibition has attempted to recover every possible trace of the efforts that went into the nurturing of talent during the Joseon period. We hope that it may provide a valuable opportunity to reflect on the problems facing education in the present day.


Period: January 22, 2014 ~ Before the opening of special exhibition
An exhibition to ruminate on King Jeongjo’’s intent in establishing Kyujanggak and take a look at various images from the history and tradition of the Joseon Dynasty through the representative archival cultural heritage of Kyujanggak.

Part 1: Jeongjo and Kyujanggak
Take a look at the materials that show various aspects of King Jeongjo, the scholarly monarch, and Kyujanggak, the academic institute he created.

Part 2: Memory of the World
Ruminate on the archival spirit of the Joseon Dynasty through the UNESCO Memory of the World such as the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty, Diaries of the Royal Secretariat, Record of Daily Reflections, and Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty.

Part 3: Tradition of Historiography
Look back on the historical consciousness of the ancestors through the chronicles of the dynasties of Korea

Part 4: Administration of the Jo...

Wednesday October 16, 2013 - Wednesday January 15, 2014
*Closed: Sundays [Reservations required] 

This special exhibition is designed to elucidate Korea, as seen from an outsider’s perspective, by exhibiting foreign scholars’ achievements in Korean studies alongside the contents of the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies’ collection that relate to essays on travel in Korea. It offers a wonderful opportunity to understand how foreign knowledge of Korea developed from a fragmented understanding into an academic pursuit unto itself, and how the field of Korean Studies was established in international academic circles.  

The exhibition begins with the writings of non-Koreans that aroused a preliminary interest in Korea. In pre-modern times, Korea was a subject of interest and research for neighboring countries, but the interest was not ...
Date: December 20, 2012 - October 15, 2013

Location: Kyujanggak Exhibition Hall

Part 1 King Jeongjo and Kyujanggak
Examines the materials related to the life of King Jeongjo, the founder of Kyujanggak, and the operation of Kyujanggak

Part 2 The State and the Royal Court

Exhibits numerous records illustrating the reality of state systems and administrative works

Part 3 The Elite (yangban) and the Common People
Examines the life of the different classes of the Joseon Dynasty, commonly classified as “scholars, farmers,...

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