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Heritage Yeoncheonhyanggyo Local Confucian School

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Yeoncheonhyanggyo Local Confucian School1
Yeoncheonhyanggyo Local Confucian School2
  • Location

    Yeoncheon

  • Address

    7, Jihye-ro 117beon-gil, Yeoncheon-eup, Yeoncheon-gun

  • TEL

    +82-31-839-2601

Yeoncheonhyanggyo Local Confucian School

Located in Eumnae-ri of Yeoncheon-eup, Yeoncheon-gun and designated as the county’s Historic Site No. 2, Yeoncheonhyanggyo was established in 1379 as a public academy and shrine to perform annual memorial services honoring Confucian sages and educate local students. The institution originally consisted of five buildings -- the main shrine hall (Daeseongjeon), lecture hall (Myeongnyundang), monumental gate (Sinmun), storage, and caretaker’s lodge (Suboksil) -- but no related records remain. The school was forced to remain closed during the early 20th century when Korea was under the Japanese colonial rule and was destroyed by fire during the Korean War (1950-53). It was restored at the end of the 20th century, with the buildings completed between 1989 and 1994. Currently, the school is enshrined with 5 Confucian saints, 2 Neo-Confucian sages of the Song Dynasty, and 18 Korean Neo-Confucian sages. It also provides a venue for the annual rite held by local Confucian followers to celebrate the birth of Confucius.